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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Courses

Ranging from low-intermediate to high-advanced levels, the ESL program offers courses in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Through lab assignments and elective courses, students can also strengthen their language skills in grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Before selecting courses, new students should Apply to CSM and make a Placement Appointment to determine their skill levels, as well as meet with a counselor to discuss educational and career goals.

Check out the flyers below for information about current course offerings and special programs. Students can also reference WebSchedule for the most up-to-date information about courses in ESL and across the college.

Summer 2021 ESL Classes at CSM
Word Jam Online at CSM

To find more information about each course in the ESL program, students can click on the course names in the ESL Course Sequence below. Please remember that some courses are not offered every semester, so it's important to check WebSchedule for information about which courses are offered in the current semester and upcoming semesters.

ESL Course Sequence

Program Skill Levels Grammar & Writing Listening & Speaking Reading & Vocabulary
Level 5
High‑Advanced
ESL 400
(Transfer)
   
 
Level 4
Low‑Advanced
ESL 828 ESL 848 ESL 858
 
Level 3
High‑Intermediate
ESL 827 ESL 847 ESL 857
 
Level 2
Low‑Intermediate
ESL 826 ESL 846 ESL 856

ESL Supplemental  Courses

Program Skill Levels Grammar & Writing Listening & Speaking Reading & Vocabulary
Level 3+
High‑Intermediate+
Grammar Review
ESL 898
Pronunciation
ESL 888
ESL 887
 

ESL Lab-Only Courses

Program Skill Levels Grammar & Writing Listening & Speaking Reading & Vocabulary
Multiple Levels ESL 908
ESL 907
ESL 849 ESL 895
ESL 897

Lab-Only Course FAQs

  • An independent study, self-paced class designed to meet individual student needs
  • Assignments are tailored to each student's level and interests.
  • Courses are for 0.5 to 1.0 unit and use Pass/No Pass grading.
  • All work must be completed in the ESL Center. Note: For Summer 2021 and Fall 2021, all work will be completed online.
  • These are open entry/exit courses, which means students may enroll after the semester begins and up until the end of Week 10.

Please check WebSchedule to see what courses are offered during the semester you plan to attend.

  • There are no scheduled meeting times for these classes.
  • Students create their own schedule and work at their own pace, but are required to meet with an instructor at regular intervals throughout the semester.
  • If you are enrolled in a lab-only course and the semester has already started, please email the ESL Center immediately at csmeslcenter@smccd.edu.
During the semester, students are expected to complete a minimum of 24 hours of assignments and appointments for each 0.5 unit they’re enrolled in.
No, the ESL Center will provide students with all the necessary materials.
  • All levels of ESL students, including those who have completed the ESL course sequence but who need additional guidance and practice on one or two skills
  • Students who are looking for a lower cost option
  • Students who need a flexible schedule
Flex Day
No classes Oct. 13, 2021
Veterans Day Holiday
No classes Nov. 12, 2021
Thanksgiving Holiday
No classes Nov. 25-28, 2021
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