English as a Second Language (ESL)


The mission of the English as a Second Language (ESL) Department is to prepare students with adequate listening, speaking, reading, writing, and academic skills to enable them to be successful in everyday situations, vocational settings, and transfer-level classes.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at El Camino College has been in existence for over 25 years. During that time, it has served students from almost 100 different countries. The department has a large faculty highly qualified in English along with second language acquisition and linguistics. Many of the instructors are bilingual and have lived abroad.


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Apply to El Camino College First 

  1. Make an OpenCCC Account
  2. Submit an online application for El Camino College 
  3. Complete the English and Mathematics placement survey in MyECC to receive proper placement in English and Mathematics courses. If English is not your first language, you may need to begin with the English as a Second Language (ESL) placement process.  
  4. Sign up for Placement: Credit ESL or Non- Credit ESL
  5. Complete New Student Orientation
  6. Apply for Financial Aid (highly recommended) 
  7. Register for Classes

Credit vs. Mirrored vs. Non-Credit ESL

At El Camino College (ECC), there are two ESL programs, the  CREDIT program, and the NON-CREDIT program. Our goal is to help you reach your educational goal(s). Per state legislation (AB 705), all students have the right to register directly into transfer-level coursework. Colleges such as ECC, utilize multiple measures to place students in ESL courses. Please see the chart below and find out what ESL program is best for you! 


Credit ESL

Mirrored Courses (Non-Credit)

Non-Credit ESL


Classes that will count towards a degree or certificate in any of a wide variety of careers.

Mirrored classes are exact replicas of credit classes; only they are non-credit. Students attend class with credit students and are expected to do the same work.

Courses focused on helping students communicate in English at home, at work, and in the community.

Units per Class

4  units Summer 2022

Please note: 5  units starting Fall 2022



International (F1 Visa) Students

Please contact the International Student Program regarding the classes you need to take



ECC Courses

*Not all classes will be offered every semester

Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation

ESL 51 A – Elementary

ESL 51 B – Intermediate

ESL 51 C – Advanced


Reading and Vocabulary Building

ESL 52 A – Elementary

ESL 52 B – Intermediate

ESL 52 C – Advanced

Writing and Grammar

ESL 53 A – Elementary

ESL 53 B – Intermediate

ESL 53 C – Advanced

*Only 5 spots per class offered

Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation

NESL 51 A – Elementary

NESL 51 B – Intermediate

NESL 51 C – Advanced


Reading and Vocabulary Building

NESL 52 A – Elementary

NESL 52 B – Intermediate

NESL 52 C – Advanced


Writing and Grammar

NESL 53 A – Elementary

NESL 53 B – Intermediate

NESL 53 C – Advanced

Noncredit ESL

NESL 600

NESL 601

NESL 602

NESL 603

NESL 604

NESL 605


ESL for Health Care I & II

ESL for Childhood Educators I & II

ESL Support for Career and Technical Programs

ESL for Math I & II

ESL for Medical Terminology

ESL for Anatomy and Physiology I & II

ESL for Radiological Technology I


After you apply to ECC, you can register to take the Accuplacer test by completing the following form

Credit & Mirrored ESL Placement

ESL Study Guide

  • Testing Hours: Placement is available only by appointment
  • Components: This is a computerized reading placement

After you apply to ECC,  take the Noncredit Placement: 

Noncredit Placement

  • Testing Hours: The exam is available after registering 
  • Components: This is a computerized reading and writing skills exam


Tuition & Fees




Community and Continuing Education Center


International Students

If you are an international student and want to take ESL classes at the college, you can get information from the International Student Program at (310) 660-3431. International students need a TOEFL score of at least 450. If an international student's TOEFL score is lower than 450, they can take classes at El Camino Language Academy before meeting the 450 TOEFL score requirement.

If you wish to further discuss your ESL placement results and/or challenge an ESL prerequisite, please contact the Dean of Humanities, Scott Kushigemachi, at skushigemachi@elcamino.edu


Spring 2024 Courses


If you have any questions, please contact the Community and Continuing Education Center at esl@elcamino.edu to help you get started! 



El Camino College offers a variety of free ESL classes that prepare students for specific academic subjects and careers.  Please complete the following survey to let us know which of these courses you are interested in taking.

ESL Interest Survey