English As a Second Language
Strengthen your English skills
English as a Second Language (ESL) assists students with learning English as a non-native speaker, enhances your skills with oral and written communication, and prepares you to communicate at the college level.
Whether you are a high-school graduate, a long-time resident, or an international student, ESL courses will improve your reading, writing, listening and oral language skills. You will be able to communicate with confidence and advance your academic and professional careers.
Programs of Study
The ESL program offers a sequence of academic ESL courses from low-intermediate fluency leading to English 1A. Students have the option to pursue credit or noncredit courses or a noncredit certificate. While non-credit courses do not count toward degree credit, you will be prepared to enroll in English 1A, a transfer-level class.
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Why study English as a second language?
Strong skills in English mean greater academic and career enhancement, an easier time studying college material, and an opportunity to learn more about US culture. Whether you're learning English for the first time or continuing your English language-learning journey, ESL classes will help you achieve your goals, assist you with earning a degree or certificate, prepare to transfer to a university, advance your career, and enhance your communication skills. Start your journey to academic and professional success by enrolling in ESL at MVC.
What You'll Learn
- You will be able to communicate successfully, orally and in writing and comprehend language at the basic, intermediate, or advanced college level.
- You will be able to use basic, intermediate or advanced college-level Standard American English to write a short essay using academic vocabulary.
- You will gain the skills to respond to a basic, intermediate or advanced college-level reading through writing and participation in discussions.
- You will be able to employ patterns and expectations of the American culture, especially in the college environment, with confidence.
Your Next Steps
- Conduct Guided Self-Placement (GSP), a short self-rated survey designed to give you a placement recommendation.
- Decide if you want to take credit or noncredit courses depending on your educational goal. Students can learn more about this below.
- Apply and register for classes.
- Meet with an academic counselor to discuss the best courses for you.
Choosing Credit or Noncredit ESL Courses
MVC's ESL program offers a sequence of academic ESL courses from low-intermediate fluency lead to English 1A. New students need to choose the appropriate course level and decide whether to take the course as credit or noncredit. The RCCD Guided Self Placement Tool can help students decide which course to take.
Most ESL classes are offered as credit or noncredit. Students can choose the best option for their educational goals. These courses are mirrored, meaning that students who take the credit or noncredit courses are in the same classroom, with the same instructor, and have the same educational experience.
- Courses that are credit are numbers ESL 46 - ESL 50, and courses that are noncredit are the same number with an “8” added: ESL 846 - ESL 850.
- Credit and non-credit courses offer the same material, often in the same classroom and with the same teacher.
Your academic and career goals affect whether credit or noncredit ESL classes are best for you. Here are common reasons to choose a particular path:
|Credit Classes||Noncredit Classes|
|Cost||Enrollment fees apply for resident and non-resident students||Courses are free of charge for resident and non-resident students|
|Units||5 units||5 units|
|Financial Aid||Financial aid is available||No aid is available. Students must pay for textbooks|
|Repeatability||Repeats allowed to students who did not pass||Repeats accepted regardless of grade|
|Transferability||ESL 49 and 50 will transfer||These classes are not for credit or transfer|
|Certificates||No certificates available||Noncredit certificates are available|