Credit, English as a Second Language (ESL) program:

The credit English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is a rigorous, academic English program designed for students whose first language is not English.

This program prepares students to succeed in college and university courses by helping them develop their:

Credit English as a Second Language (ESL) courses focus on:

  • reading, writing, speaking, listening, and note-taking skills.

All SMC credit ESL classes earn college credit, and the three highest-level core courses transfer to four-year colleges and universities. SMC tuition fees apply.

Who should take these classes?

The classes are for resident students and international students with an F-1 visa. Before you enroll, you must first take the ESL Placement Test, which will determine your placement into credit ESL courses

Non-Credit, English as a Second Language (Non-Credit ESL) program:

If you want to improve your English language skills, but you do not need or want college credit right now, SMC offers free noncredit ESL classes to adults in the community who are at least 18 years of age.

Noncredit English as a Second Language (ESL) courses focus on:

  • English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills

These courses prepare students to function effectively in their daily life as community members, parents, and participants in the workforce. The courses also prepare students to transition to college or career training.

Who should take these classes?

Noncredit ESL classes do not earn college credit and are not available to F1 Visa students. Students may register at any time at the Bundy Campus. (can we have a link?) Before you enroll in the class, you will attend an orientation and take a test to help you choose the best class(es) for you.