ESL Placement Options
AB 705 is a new law that uses high school grades in English,
not placement tests, to allow students to directly enroll into a transfer-level
course (English 100). English as a
Second Language (ESL) students who have not completed four years of high school
in an English speaking country may still take the ESL Placement Test to see
whether English 100 or credit ESL is right for them.
All students, including those who were enrolled or placed into
ESL courses are allowed to register in English 100, effective the Fall 2019
semester. 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 to
international students and other English as a second language learners. These
courses are very helpful for students who have not completed four years of
English high school study or for anyone who speaks and reads 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.
In order to take credit ESL courses, you must take the ESL Placement Test, which will direct you to the right level in both Reading/Writing/Grammar and Listening/Speaking. You can make an appointment to take the ESL test by calling (714) 432-5789, emailing email@example.com
, or by visiting the Assessment Center (located on the first floor of Watson Hall).
The highest score on the ESL Placement test is English 100. Students who receive this score are encouraged
to register for English 100 instead of ESL.
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
Should you Register for English 100 or ESL Classes?
ESL Faculty have created an ESL Self-Placement Survey, which can help you with your selection. Please follow the instruction on the survey to identify which course is designed best for you.
Access to Non-Credit Courses
Students also have access to free, noncredit courses designed for English language learners (ELL) of all ages who want to improve their English for work, study, or personal reasons. Like credit ESL courses, these allow students to practice and improve listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar. They may be repeated any number of times, for free. For more information, please visit the
Adult Education webpage.
English Support Courses for English 100
Students will have access to the available English 100 support classes (please see the English Support Options webpage). Please visit the Assessment Center's website for updates and additional support courses as they become available.
If you have any additional questions, you may see the ESL Advisers in Literature and Languages building. In addition, you may also meet with your counselor about your academic options.