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 allow 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 skills-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 Session 2023
(Aug. 28 -Oct. 19,  2023)
Fall Flex II Session 2023
(Oct. 24 – Dec 14, 2023)
Application Deadline August 18, 2023 October 13, 2023
Registration deadline August 22, 2023 October 17, 2023
Classes begin August 28, 2023 October 23, 2023
Classes end October 19, 2023 December 14, 2023
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Contact Information: 

Ozuna Library and Learning Center (OZU 136)



Hours of Operation

8 a.m.– Noon
and 1–5 p.m. 

8 a.m.– Noon