​​​​​​​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 ESL students are required to take the ESL Placement Test, which includes a short writing assignment. Students must also take the ESL Compass test, which includes a listening and reading component given on the computer. More information is available at the Assessment CenterFor more information on How to Enroll, please download the "How to Register in ESL Classes" document​.


The English as a Second Language Department offers a total of 13 core and 10 elective lecture courses that span 6 levels of language proficiency, from high-beginning to advanced, to teach the English language skills of writing and rhetoric, reading, listening, speaking, grammar, and pronunciation. Please access the ESL Program Chart for or more information. 

Courses are each offered twice a week, Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday, in day or night sessions.  Each 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 over the course of a 16-week semester.  For example, a 4-unit course meets for 2 hours twice a week.  One section of ESL 91 is offered online each semester, and most ESL courses are web-enhanced by instructors who use Moodle.

In addition to 23 lecture classes, ESL offers 8 required 0.5-unit lab courses (24 hours over a 16-week semester) that are linked to parent courses, as well as 4 other recommended 0-unit lab courses. 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 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.



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ESL Program Chart Revised, April 2013 Program Chart Revised, April 2013.pdfESL Program Chart Revised, April 2013ESL Resources
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​ESL Lab & Laptop Reservations​​​ESL instructors may reserve t​he ESL Lab in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) or 32​ Chromebook laptops for their course "embedded labs" via the following links:​

​Contact Us

Celia Cruz-Johnson

Dean, Language Arts

(408) 288-3719


General Education, Room 206

Fulltime Faculty


Dongmei Cao


Dorothy Pucay


Leslie Rice


Novella Simonson


Leslie Takei


Zerrin Erkal

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