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.

Not sure what ESL class to take? View the video below! 

ESL Sequence of Classes: 

Credit SequenceNoncredit sequence

 

 

Application Process for Credit/Mirrored & Noncredit ESL

 

Step 1: ESL Overview

Watch El Camino College’s ESL video to learn more about our Credit and Mirrored ESL Courses!

Step 2: Fill out ECC Application

To enroll in ESL credit courses, please create a CCC Account and fill out the ECC Application.

  • For instructions on how to apply, please click here. Para instrucciones en español, por favor haga clic aquí
  • For in person assistance, please visit the ESL office at SOCS 101, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm by appointment only. (Click here to schedule an appointment)
  • OR you may visit the Warrior Welcome Center in Student Services Building, Room 148, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. No appointment needed. 

If you have a F1-Visa, please apply at the International Student Program in Student Services Building, Room 164. 

Step 3: Assessment

After completing the ECC Application and receiving your student ID, you would need to complete an ESL Placement Test for Credit and Mirrored ESL Courses.

  • If you are an International Student, please click here to start the Placement Test.
  • If you are NOT an International Student, please click here to complete the first part of your assessment OR schedule an appointment to take your ESL Placement Test in person:  https://bit.ly/eccESLtesting.
  • Please note that the second part of your Assessment must be completed in person (by appointment only). Schedule an appointment by clicking on the following link:  https://bit.ly/eccESLtesting.
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Step 4: Register for Classes

Once you’ve taken the ESL Placement, you can register for classes.
Need assistance? Refer to the step-by-step guide available at https://www.elcamino.edu/admissions/registration/.

For in person assistance, visit the ESL office at SOCS 101, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm OR visit the Warrior Welcome Center in Student Services Building, Room 148, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Step 1: ESL Overview

Watch El Camino College’s ESL video to learn more about our Noncredit ESL Courses! 

Step 2: Create a Community & Continuing Education Account

To enroll in ESL noncredit courses, login to El Camino College Community Education website: https://www.eccommunityed.com/ and click on ‘Create Account’. Next, click on “Create New Profile’ to create your own username, password, and profile.
For instructions on how to create an account, please click here

Para instrucciones en español, por favor haga clic aquí

Step 3: Assessment 

After completing the Lumens (noncredit application), please stop by our office to take the noncredit placement assessment. Our office hours are Monday – Thursday 9am to 4pm. 

NOTE: if you applied through MYECC, please take the noncredit placement assessment here. (Make sure you use your MYECC login credentials to access the placement assessment.)

For any further questions, please visit our office.

Step 4: Register for Classes

Once you have completed the ESL placement survey in person, our ESL staff will inform you of the course level for which you qualify. If class registration is open, you may register for the level you were placed in or a lower level.

If the class you wish to enroll in is already full, we will add you to the waiting list.

Credit vs. Mirrored vs. Noncredit ESL

At El Camino College (ECC), there are two ESL programs, the  CREDIT program, and the NONCREDIT 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 (Noncredit)

Noncredit ESL

Curriculum   

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 noncredit. 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

0

0

International (F1 Visa) Students

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

DO NOT TAKE

DO NOT 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

Placement

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,  take the Noncredit Placement: 

Noncredit Placement

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

Cost

Tuition & Fees

FREE

 FREE

Contact

Community and Continuing Education Center, SOCS 101

esl@elcamino.edu

310-660-6460

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

ESL Medical Terminology Flyer for Summer 2024

Summer 2024 Courses

Fall 2024 Courses

Questions?

If you'd like to stop by, you can find the ESL Office at the Community and Continuing Education Center in SOCS 101. Our office hours are Monday - Thursday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

El Camino Map showing where the ESL office is located
Feel free to reach out with any questions via email at esl@elcamino.edu or by calling us at 310-660-6457. We're here to assist you in getting started! 

 

Survey

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