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English as a Second Language (ESL)

The mission of the 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 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.

 

Credit vs. Non-Credit ESL

At ECC, there are two ESL programs, the CREDIT program, and the NON-CREDIT program. However, both programs offer ESL classes; please see the chart below to see which program is best for you!

 

Credit ESL

Non-Credit ESL

Curriculum   

Classes are intended to prepare students for college courses or help students get a degree or certificate in any of a wide variety of careers.

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

Placement Test

After you apply to ECC (see steps below) you can register to take the Accuplacer test by completing the following form to make an appointment for the test:

Credit ESL Placement Test

After you apply to ECC (see steps below) you can request to take the CASAS exam by completing the form to schedule the test: 

Non-Credit Placement Test

Cost

Tuition & Fees

 FREE

Contact

Warrior Welcome Center

WelcomeCenter@elcamino.edu

 

Apply to El Camino College

 

  1. Make an OpenCCC Account
  2. Submit an online application for El Camino College 
  3. Log into your MyECC portal and take the English and Math Placement Survey 
  4. Sign up for a Placement Test: Credit ESL or Non- Credit ESL
  5. Complete New Student Orientation online via CANVAS, or by signing up for a Virtual ESL Orientation 
  6. Apply for Financial Aid (highly recommended) 
  7. Register for Classes: The Warrior Welcome Center can walk you through the registration steps online via Zoom - tinyurl.com/WWCDropin, Phone - 310-660-3405 (please leave a voicemail), or Email - WelcomeCenter@elcamino.edu  

 

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. 

 


SPRING 2021 ESL COURSE OFFERINGS

  • CREDIT/NONCREDIT MIRRORED ESL COURSE CLICK HERE

  • NONCREDIT ESL COURSE CLICK HERE

  • ESL ENGLISH 1A CLICK HERE

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Warrior Welcome Center at WelcomeCenter@elcamino.edu to help you get started!