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ESL Placement

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:

Starting in the Fall 2020 semester, you can enroll in any ESL course in the sequence. We recommend that you complete the self-placement form, however, to help you choose the right course.


Overview of Credit ESL and Noncredit ELL

Thank you for your interest in learning English at OCC! We have two programs to help you develop the English Skills you need to reach your goals: Credit ESL and Noncredit ELL.


Credit ESL is recommended for students interested in:

  • Transferring from OCC to a 4-year university
  • Completing a degree or certificate at OCC
  • Meeting the requirement of full-time enrollment
  • Improving English communication in business and professional life
Noncredit ELL is recommended for students interested in:
  • Improving English for workplace communication
  • Better communication with the English-speaking community
  • Improving English for US Citizenship
  • Helping their childrren improve in the American school system
  • Preparing for career certificates/college degrees

Please visit the Adult Education webpage to learn more about free Noncredit ELL courses.


Credit ESL 

All students, including those who were enrolled or placed into ESL courses are allowed to register in English A100 or ESL A100. However, if English is not your first language, you may need additional training in credit ESL before you can succeed in English 100. 


Orange Coast College offers credit ESL courses that are very helpful for students who speak and read another language at home or work. These courses are taught by language learning experts who can help you understand and correct your mistakes in English. By taking these courses, you will read better, write more clearly, and develop your vocabulary.


New Students

To receive a course placement into the credit ESL sequence for the summer, please complete the self-placement form. We also accept TOEFL and IELTS scores for placement recommendations. You can submit those scores to the Assessment Center via email at occassessment@occ.cccd.edu


Starting in Fall 2020 semester, you can enroll in any ESL course in the sequence. We recommend that you complete the self-placement form, however, to help you choose the right course.


Continuing Students

You may register for the next level after you pass your current level. If you wish to challenge your current level and move to a higher level, you may see the Dean of Literature and Languages for more information on how to meet with an ESL Adviser.