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ESL Program

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Mt. SAC offers an outstanding ESL program designed to help improve your language, study skills, job skills, and general English communication skills.  In addition, you will explore American culture, do research using technology, and work with classmates on projects that are interesting to you.

There are eight levels of ESL in our program.  The ESL Placement Test that you take will help us determine the best level for you. Courses that we offer include level classes, skill classes, and specialized skill classes.  For more information, contact ESL Registration.


In level classes, you will learn integrated English skills such as listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, idioms, and pronunciation.  You will do projects and presentations in addition to taking a midterm and a final exam to show how much English you have learned.  Level classes meet for 14 - 17.5 hours per week so you can get the most amount of learning time possible.  Levels include:

For Literacy Students
For Beginning Students
For Intermediate Students
For Advanced Students
Pre-Level 1
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6
Foundations & Pre-Level 1 is for students with no prior learning experience in English.  Students in these classes learn to recognize and use common English words.
Levels 1 & 2 help learners develop the basics of spoken and written English for everyday needs.   Students are encouraged to speak and write about their personal interests and life experiences.
Levels 3 & 4 build upon students' communication skills and help learners monitor their language learning process.  Students at this level increase their conversational fluency, vocabulary development, and grammar accuracy.
Levels 5 & 6 help students assess their own language learning needs as applied to their personal academic and vocational goals. Lessons integrate language skills with long-term strategies necessary for successful transition into college credit programs and career advancement



Skill classes are different from Level classes because they focus on just one or two skills. For example, in a Writing class, you will do more reading and writing, and less listening and speaking practice. In addition, you will do projects and presentations that help to measure your English skills.  Pronunciation focuses on improving articulation, stress, intonation patterns, and listening.

For Literacy Students
For Beginning Students
For Intermediate Students
For Advanced Students
Speaking Pre-1
Writing Pre-1
Speaking A
Writing A
Reading A
Pronunciation A
Speaking B
Writing B
Reading B
Pronunciation B
Speaking C
Writing C
Reading C
Pronunciation C



Specialized skill classes are for students who have a very specific goal such as passing the USCIS interview for citizenship or focusing on vocabulary and skills of a specific profession.

Skills Classes
Citizenship Preparation (for Intermediate, Advanced, and VESL students)
Preparation for the United States Citizenship interview.  You must have intermediate or advanced level English skills.

TOEFL Preparation (for Advanced and VESL students)

Preparation for standardized tests, such as Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). You must have advanced level English skills.
English For
Special Uses (ESU)
ESU courses focus on one occupation or profession.  They are designed for ESL students who need to improve their vocabulary and skills needed in specific areas.

English for Health Professionals (for Advanced and VESL students)

English for careers in healthcare. Medical vocabulary, medically-related documents and presentations.

ESU: Accounting (for Intermediate, Advanced, and VESL students)
English for careers in accounting: vocabulary, cross-cultural awareness, ethics in accounting, problem solving techniques, and business idioms.

ESU: Real Estate (for Advanced and VESL students)
Real Estate vocabulary and topics including real estate law, types of properties, mortgage fundamentals, and property management.