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American Language Department

Learn the English skills you need to succeed in college or at work. We help our students learn how to read, write, listen, and speak in English. In American Language (AmLa) classes, you can earn college credit as an English Language Learner. Often, international students, ESL graduates, and English Language Learners do well in our programs and beyond. 
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AmLa 1A or English 1A?

English Language Learners Get More from AmLa Classes

Benefits of taking AmLa 1A: Freshman Composition
  • Professor trained to help English Language Learners (ELL) and their unique needs
  • Tutor in the Classroom providing support during and after classes 
  • Lessons on culture and tips for success at American colleges
  • Help and feedback on writing assignments for English Language Learners
  • Earn UC/CSU transferrable college credit while practicing English skills

Have questions about which class is the right one for you? Email:

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student with Joe Mountie

Students may enter AMLA courses through placement on the Mt. SAC Assessment Questionnaire or through the completion of noncredit ESL Levels 4, 5 or 6 or VESL of the Mt. SAC ESL Department. Students completing AMLA 90 - Accelerated Developmental Writing for AMLA are eligible to take AMLA 1A,  ENGL 1A, and ENGL 1A/80. 

 Accommodations can be made for students with medical, family, or immigration-related emergencies.


Reyna Grande and students

Author's Visit

AmLa and the Equity Center collaborated to host award-winning author Reyna Grande during Mt. SAC's FirstGen Week. Grande discussed her experience as an undocumented English learner and the success of her memoirs The Distance Between Us and A Dream Called Home. 

olga haybeb award

5th Annual Celebration of Our Adjunct Faculty

American Language (AmLa) would love to recognize our adjunct professor, Olga Habayeb. This is her 30th year teaching part-time for the AmLa department, and even though we have changed our whole program in response to AB 705, Olga has been eager to learn the new technology and pedagogy to help her students.

Olga is so very deserving of this!

smiling AmLa faculty

Professional Development

American Language faculty are actively engaged in campus, state, and national professional development opportunities to  stay current on the factors involved in student success and achievement. 

Our Professors

  • Elizabeth Casian
    Department Chair
  • Barbara Mezaki

  • Alejandra Pulido
American Language Department

Building 66-229
(909) 274-4588

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