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English for Second Language Learners

About Our ESLL Programs

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

Featured Course

Starting Fall 2017, our ONLINE Advanced Grammar Review course (ESLL 248) will be taught by David McCormick.

 

Note: The start date for this course will be one week after other classes have begun. This allows students extra time to enroll without missing the first week of instruction.

Free Noncredit Courses

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

Our noncredit ESL courses (level 1–2) 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.

Academic Credit Courses

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

Our credit ESL courses (level 3–6) require 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.

Prerequisites

  • Non-credit level 1 and 2 courses do not have any prerequisites, but it is advisable to have knowledge of some basic English.
  • Level 3: You may begin in level 3 with ESLL 226 and ESLL 227 without a placement test.
  • To begin in level 4 classes students must pass ESLL 226 and ESLL 227 with a “C” or better, or place into the class with an appropriate assessment test score.
  • To begin in level 5 classes, students must pass ESLL 236 and ESLL 237 with a “C” or better.

Our Students

I have been in the non-credit ESL classes since spring [2016]. My son encouraged me and helped me find Foothill online…I have been enjoying these classes so far. I will study hard and I hope someday I can get a degree.

–Yuwan, from Taiwan.

You'll meet other students from diverse backgrounds in our in our ESL classes. There is no dominant language group, so students will be in classes with others from a number of different countries.

You'll also have access to a range of student services.

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. See our ESLL faculty directory to see a list of instructors and their biographies.

 



Course Comparison Chart

ESL Assessement Test

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Questions?We're Here to Help!

English for Second Language Learners

sarveramy@foothill.edu

Division Office Contacts

LANGUAGE ARTS DIVISION
Office: Building 6400, Room 6406
Paul Starer, Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7250
Email: starerpaul@foothill.edu
Melia Arken
Division Administrative Assistant
Phone: 650.949.7250
Email: arkenmelia@foothill.edu
Office Hours
M-Th 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
F 7:30 a.m.-1.30 p.m.
Language Arts Division
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