ESLL (English for Second Language Learners)

The ESLL Department at Foothill College offers both noncredit and credit courses with six levels of courses to meet the needs of our community.

Free Noncredit ESL (Level 1-2)

Do you need practice in English to communicate better at home, at work, or in the community?

Noncredit ESL courses, listed as NCEL 411, 412, 413 and 421, 422, 423, are free of charge with no registration fee and designed to help immigrant students develop their general ability to understand, speak, read and write English.

To sign up, apply for admission to Foothill College, and register for an NCEL course in MyPortal.

For Credit Courses (Level 3-6)

Do you need academic English for your career, or for a certificate or college degree?

Credit ESL courses require a registration fees and are designed for students with academic goals who wish to complete a two-year degree or vocational certificate at Foothill College or to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Our highest-level composition course meets the California State University General Education Requirements for Communication in the English Language. Click on ESLL Classes and Levels to see a list of our classes, levels and descriptions. Click on course schedule to see the days and times for the current quarter.

Follow steps for applying and registering for credit courses.

Our Students

Students in our ESL courses come from diverse backgrounds. There is no dominant language group, so students will be in classes with others from a number of different countries.

Students have access to a number of student services, including the library, health services and counseling.

U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens may receive financial aid. For information about eligibility and application procedures, visit our Financial Aid website.

Our Faculty

Our faculty members hold Master's Degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language and have had extensive teaching experience both in the United States and abroad. Click on ESLL Faculty to see a list of instructors and their biographies.


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