English as a Second Language (ESL)

Individuals with limited English knowledge may face many challenges, but the ESL program at Palo Alto College offers the opportunity to learn English and get ahead in your career.

Our eight-week ESL classes allows students to progress to the skill level they want to achieve. All incoming students will be assessed on their current knowledge of the English language and be placed in one of five levels—from basic to level 4.

Each level includes four skilled focused areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Along with integrated grammar and vocabulary skills, the standards-based focus empowers students to build upon sequential background knowledge aligned with unique activities, self-assessments, reviews and tests for each unit being covered.

Important Dates

  Fall Flex I Fall Flex II
Application Deadline January 3, 2022 February 28, 2022
Registration deadline January 17, 2022 March 20, 2022
Classes begin January 18, 2022 March 21, 2022
Classes end March 12, 2022 May 14, 2022
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Contact Information: 

Ozuna Library and Learning Center (OZU 136)



Hours of Operation

Mon: 1-5 p.m.
Tue: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wed: 1-5 p.m.
Thur: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fri: Connect with us through email