ESL - English As A Second Language

The ESL Program at San Jose City College serves students who identify themselves as learners of English as a second language. Our program helps students of all ages and backgrounds achieve their education, employment, and lifelong-learning goals by providing them with instruction in English as a second language.

Placement in the ESL Program

All incoming credit ESL students are required to take the ESL Placement Test, which includes a short writing assignment. Students must also take the ESL Accuplacer test, which includes a listening and reading component given on the computer. More information is available at the Assessment Center. For more information on How to Enroll, please download the "How to Register for Credit ESL Classes" document.
If you plan to take only noncredit ESL classes, complete the Noncredit Application Form.  If you are coming from a local Adult Education program, you can contact your Transition Specialist for your Adult Education program or the Transition Specialist at San Jose City College in room T-124 of the Technology building and get further directions to apply to the appropriate level noncredit courses. Noncredit classes are free!

ESL Program Description

The English as a Second Language Department offers a total of 7 core credit courses, 3 elective credit lecture courses, and 7 FREE non-credit lecture courses that span 5 levels of language proficiency, from low-intermediate to advanced, to teach the English language skills of writing and rhetoric, reading, listening, speaking, grammar, and pronunciation. Students can earn the state-approved ESL in Career & College Certificate by completing 3 specified non-credit low-intermediate level classes. Please access the ESL Program Chart for more information. 

Courses are each offered twice a week, Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday, in day or night sessions.  Each credit course has a number of set 'units', ranging from 3 to 6 units.  Each unit represents the number of hours in class time each week throughout a 16-week semester.  For example, a 4-unit course meets for 2 hours twice a week.  One to two sections of ESL 91 are offered as hybrid online classes each semester, and most ESL courses are web-enhanced by instructors who use Canvas. Two sections of lecture courses are usually offered offsite at the Milpitas Extension campus, which has free parking. 

In addition to 17 lecture classes, ESL offers two required 0.5-unit lab courses (24 hours over a 16-week semester) that are linked to parent courses ESL 322 and ESL 312, as well as a recommended 0-unit free lab course. Students have access to a fully-equipped multimedia ESL laboratory where they can fulfill their lab requirements.  Students can access the ESL lab course materials and numerous other links at www.eslstation.net when the on-campus lab is closed.

ESL Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Use English for a variety of educational, social, and  occupational purposes.
  • Recognize multiple perspectives and values inherent in our culturally diverse society.
  • Apply critical thinking and analytical skills to expand learning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use information technology.

 

 

 

 

ESL Lab Information

The ESL Lab is in the Library/LRC Building in L-120.

Information for Students:When using the Lab outside of class time, students should log in at the "timekeeper" computer terminal at the LRC Reception Desk.

Information for Instructor:
ESL instructors may reserve the ESL Lab (L-120) in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) and Chromebook laptops (there are 32) for their course "embedded labs" via the following links:

Lab documentation, including schedules, forms, handouts, instructions, and MyEnglishLab account information can be found on the ESL Lab SharePoint site.

​Contact Us

Celia Cruz-Johnson

Dean, Language Arts

(408) 288-3719

Office

General Education, Room 206


Full-time Faculty

 

Dongmei Cao
Dongmei.Cao@sjcc.edu

 

Dorothy Pucay
Dorothy.Pucay@sjcc.edu

 

Leslie Rice
Leslie.Rice@sjcc.edu


Leslie Takei
Leslie.Takei@sjcc.edu

 

Patricia Do Carmo
Patricia.DoCarmo@sjcc.edu


Zerrin Erkal
Zerrin.Erkal@sjcc.edu

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