English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL Orientation

Students new to our English as a Second Language (ESL) program go through a three (3) hour orientation session. This orientation provides an assessment of the student’s English skills so the student can be placed in the appropriate class to begin instruction. This orientation also gives an overview of our program, talks about other classes available and assists the student in goal setting to promote success within our program. Students must go to the adult school they wish to attend to enroll. You must attend the full three-hour orientation.

Students may purchase books and materials but are not required to do so as a condition of enrollment or attendance.

ESL Classes

Our English as a Second Language (ESL) program is for all students 18 and older whose first language is not English. The classes begin at Beginning Literacy for students who do not speak English at all, Low Beginning for students who are extremely limited in English, High Beginning for students who speak limited English related to their immediate needs, Low Intermediate for students who respond correctly to common questions, can read simple passages and write simple sentences and High Intermediate for students who can function independently in most familiar situations. After Orientation, students are placed in the appropriate level to begin instruction. ESL students will learn to:

  • Speak and understand English
  • Read and Write English
  • Talk to the doctor
  • Talk to children’s teachers
  • Apply for a job
  • Understand American customs

Students in ESL classes learn about a different EL Civics topic each semester. Topics include education, health, emergency communication, employment, low cost medical and dental insurance, and more! Students learn about community resources and practice conversations and application forms related to these topics.

Students new to our English as a Second Language (ESL) program go through one three-hour orientation session.

Students may purchase books and materials but are not required to do so as a condition of enrollment or attendance.

ESL Orientations & Classes are available at the following sites:

Chula Vista Adult School
(619 ) 796-7000

Montgomery Adult School
(619) 600-3800

National City Adult School
(619) 336-9400

San Ysidro Adult School
(619) 428-7200