English as Second Language

http://www.mtsac.edu/esl/

Classes and programs are available for English language learners at all levels of proficiency, from low literacy to advanced and ready to transition into credit or career pathways. Classes and services include:

  • Orientation and assessment for level placement (Foundations – Level 6)
  • Core level classes focusing on integrated skills (grammar, listening, speaking, reading, and writing)
  • Skill-focused classes (Speaking, Writing, and Reading)
  • Specialized courses (TOEFL preparation, Citizenship preparation)
  • Transition to credit and/or career training program (VESL Career Paths)
  • English for Specific Uses (ESU) courses (Accounting, Real Estate, and Healthcare)
  • Supplemental ESL workshops, tutoring, and conversation groups
  • Academic and career counseling, educational planning, and annual career conference
  • Workshops and classroom presentations on college and career options

The ESL office and registration services are located in the Language Center, Building 66. For more information, please contact us at (909) 274-5235, email us at ESLreg@mtsac.edu, or visit us on our website.

VESL Career Paths 

Certificate of Competency
#35611

VESL Career Paths is a two-semester program designed to facilitate advanced level ESL students in transitioning from noncredit ESL to credit and/or vocational certificate programs. The VESL Program builds upon advanced English language proficiency, computer literacy, and education and career exploration skills. Students take the group of courses together in cohorts and must successfully complete the two-semester program in order to receive a VESL certificate.

VESL is for students who:

  • Need more language and work skills for better job opportunities
  • Want a college degree but need to improve English and study skills before transferring to credit
  • Have a college degree and work experience from native country, but need to improve their English so they can earn a vocational certificate
  • Need more English and computer skills in order to be more active in their family's life and in their community

Students who complete the VESL program:

  • Increase English proficiency
  • Gain experience using computers
  • Learn how to design and give media presentations
  • Develop job search and interviewing skills
  • Earn a Certificate of Competency for VESL
  • Earn a General Office Skills Certificate of Completion
Program Outline
Course Prefix Course Name Units
Required Courses
VESL Speaking
VESL Writing
Career and Life Planning for ESL
Office Management Skills
Microcomputer Applications
Course Prefix Course Name Units
Recommended Electives
ESL Computer and Language Skills Lab
English for Special Uses
TOEFL Preparation (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
English for Health Professionals
ESL Accent Reduction
Basic to Intermediate Writing and Reading
Intermediate to Advanced Writing and Reading
Accelerated Developmental Writing for ESL
Computer Keyboarding
Intermediate Computer Keyboarding
Learning Support Laboratory


VESL 1 (1st Semester)                                      

  1. Office Management Skills (VOC CS41)                      
  2. VESL Speaking (ESL VSPK)                                          
  3. VESL Writing (ESL VWRT)                                                 
  4. Career and Life Planning (BS CNSL5)

VESL 2 (2nd Semester)

  1. Microcomputer Applications (VOC CSB15)
  2. English (AMLA, credit English, or an elective)

*NOTE:  Students are required to take ALL classes in the VESL program together.

COST:  The VESL program is free, with the exception of course books and campus parking permit.

ESL - Beginning Level

Certificate of Competency
#38082

ESL students are placed within the sequence of beginning-level ESL courses according to their English abilities. Students progress through this sequence based on individual needs before transitioning into intermediate-level ESL courses or employment. Supplemental courses including speaking, writing, reading, vocational language, and learning support courses will assist their progress through the sequence and may be taken along with ESL level courses as needed.

Courses are offered all year long, including winter and summer intersessions. Classes are offered days, evenings and weekends.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students placed within the ESL Foundations through ESL Level 2 will be able to successfully complete the sequence of beginning level courses by submitting a comprehensive portfolio that contains multiple measures and evidence of their skill achievement in English language proficiency based on department standardized rubrics for beginning level listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
ESL - Foundations
ESL - Pre-Level 1
ESL - Level 1
ESL - Level 2

Recommended Electives

Course Prefix Course Name Units
ESL - Speaking A for Beginners (Pre-1)
ESL - Writing A for Beginners (Pre-1)
ESL - Speaking A
ESL - Writing A
Language Skills Laboratory
English for Special Uses
ESL - Reading
Learning Support Laboratory

ESL - Intermediate Level

Certificate of Competency
#38097

ESL students are placed within the sequence of intermediate-level ESL courses according to their English abilities. Students progress through this sequence based on individual needs before transitioning into advanced-level ESL courses or employment. Supplemental courses including speaking, writing, reading, vocational language, and learning support courses will assist their progress through the sequence and may be taken along with ESL level courses as needed.

Courses are offered all year long, including winter and summer intersessions. Classes are offered days, evenings and weekends.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students placed within ESL Level 3 and ESL Level 4 will be able to successfully complete the sequence of intermediate level courses by submitting a comprehensive portfolio that contains multiple measures and evidence of their skill achievement in English language proficiency based on department standardized rubrics for intermediate level listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
ESL - Level 3
ESL - Level 4

Recommended Electives 

Course Prefix Course Name Units
ESL - Speaking B
ESL - Writing B
Language Skills Laboratory
English for Special Uses
ESL - Reading
ESL Accent Reduction
Learning Support Laboratory

ESL - Advanced Level

Certificate of Competency
#38094

ESL students are placed within the sequence of advanced-level ESL courses according to their English abilities. Students progress through this sequence based on individual needs before transitioning into credit courses or employment. Supplemental courses including speaking, writing, reading, vocational language, and learning support courses will assist their progress through the sequence and may be taken along with ESL level courses as needed.

Courses are offered all year long, including winter and summer intersessions. Classes are offered days, evenings and weekends.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students placed within ESL Level 5 and ESL Level 6 will be able to successfully complete the sequence of advanced level courses by submitting a comprehensive portfolio that contains multiple measures and evidence of their skill achievement in English language proficiency based on department standardized rubrics for advanced level listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
ESL - Level 5
ESL - Level 6

Recommended Electives

Course Prefix Course Name Units
ESL - Speaking C
ESL - Writing C
Language Skills Laboratory
English for Special Uses
ESL - Reading
TOEFL Preparation (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
English for Health Professionals
ESL Accent Reduction
Basic to Intermediate Writing and Reading
Intermediate to Advanced Writing and Reading
Learning Support Laboratory

Counseling Services:

The ESL Counseling Team offers academic, career, and personal/educational counseling to assist current and prospective students in developing their educational plans, coordinating their career goals, and navigating the American educational system. Students are encouraged to visit or call the office for appointments; walk-in appointments are also available. Some services include:

  • Providing orientation and educational planning to noncredit students
  • Defining values, skills, aptitudes, and abilities for the right career choice
  • Exploring careers of interest and pathways leading to them
  • Providing workshops to help transition into credit classes
  • Researching license, degree, and transfer of units/credit
  • Finding referrals to campus and community resources
  • Access to computers and printers in the Career Guidance Center

For more information, call (909) 274-5715 or email at ESLCounseling@mtsac.edu.

Learning Resources:

The ESL Department offers a variety of learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom in order to help support students with development of effective English communication and lifelong habits of learning. Some of these services include:

  • ESL Library reading and writing material for all levels and available for check out
  • Workshops on special topics such as learning styles and vocabulary development
  • Language Learning Center open lab for independent practice
  • Tutoring services in grammar and writing
Course Prefix Course Name Units
ESL Accent Reduction
Basic to Intermediate Writing and Reading
Intermediate to Advanced Writing and Reading
Accelerated Developmental Writing for ESL
ESL - Foundations
ESL - Pre-Level 1
Language Skills Laboratory
ESL Computer and Language Skills Lab
English for Special Uses
ESL - Level 1
ESL - Level 2
ESL - Level 3
ESL - Level 4
ESL - Level 5
ESL - Level 6
ESL - Reading
ESL - Speaking A for Beginners (Pre-1)
ESL - Speaking A
ESL - Speaking B
ESL - Speaking C
English for Health Professionals
VESL Speaking
VESL Writing
ESL - Writing A for Beginners (Pre-1)
ESL - Writing A
ESL - Writing B
ESL - Writing C
Citzenship for Naturalization
TOEFL Preparation (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Career and Life Planning for ESL
Learning Support Laboratory
Computer Keyboarding
Intermediate Computer Keyboarding
Microcomputer Applications
Office Management Skills

Language Learning Center

Mt. San Antonio College’s Language Learning Center (LLC) provides faculty guided, as well as independent, learning opportunities for ESL, AMLA, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Sign Language. Located in the Learning Technology Center, Building 77, room 1005, the LLC serves both credit and noncredit students learning a language. Users of the LLC may register year-round. Offerings include:

  • Interactive language software in all supported languages
  • DVD’s, videos, audio recordings
  • Pronunciation software

For more information on the LLC, contact (909) 274-4580.

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