Which English as a Second Language Class should I take?

After reading the guide below and taking the self-assessment, you can choose which class you think is right for you.


Reading and Writing Classes

 We offer two levels of advanced, academic English courses for students whose first or primary language is not English. In these courses, students will develop skills in essay writing, academic vocabulary, and research. By taking these classes, students will be better prepared to succeed in English 1A.  You can choose to take these classes for credit or as a noncredit class.  *ESL 40 qualifies for CSU elective credit.

About ESL 84E (5 units)

Noncredit option: ENG 821

See an article students read in 84E
See a sample student paragraph from 84E
Video: Hear from a student who took 84E


About ESL 40 (5 units, CSU elective credit)

Noncredit option: ENG 822
See an article students read in ESL 40
See a sample student essay from ESL 40
Video: Hear from a student who took ESL 40


For more information, contact a counselor

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Beginning and Intermediate Noncredit Classes

Noncredit ESL classes are offered at a variety of locations throughout Merced County. These classes are for students who want to improve their English skills before taking credit classes. These classes are free. Click here to visit the noncredit page.

Ofrecemos clases para aprender inglés en varias localidades en la ciudad de Merced y en las zonas (Atwater, Chowchilla, Livingston, Planada, Delhi, etc.). Estas clases son gratis y son para estudiantes que quiren mejorar sus habilidades en inglés antes de asistir a clases de alto nivel (84E y 85E). Para más información, favor de ingresar a ésta página. También, puede contactar a un consejero o a Kathleen Diaz, kathleen.diaz@mccd.edu.