English as a Second Language

If English is not your first language, you are not alone. DVC offers many English as a second language (ESL) classes to help you with your English speaking, reading, and writing skills. By successfully completing these classes, you will be on the right path to enroll in a DVC program or transfer to a four-year university.

A certificate in ESL can be used to show your educational success and dedication to potential employers, scholarship committees, and college admissions.

Non-Credit at DVC

You can take many of our classes as non-credit. Non-credit classes are free and repeatable, but do not count towards your GPA. Classes with a non-credit option are listed with an 'NC'. See our class list below for all our non-credit options. If you have questions about enrolling in a non-credit class, please email us or use our chat feature.

Our classes

Non-Credit Vocational Classes

ESL30NC - Beginning English for Technology

ESL31NC - Beginning English for Employment

Beginning English

ESL60/60NC - Beginning English Grammar

ESL65/65NC - Beginning Oral Communication Skills

ESL67/67NC - Beginning Integrated Academic Reading, Writing and Study Skills

Low-Intermediate English

ESL70/70NC - Intermediate English Grammar

ESL75/75NC - Intermediate Oral Communication Skills

ESL77/77NC - Intermediate Integrated Academic Reading, Writing and Study Skills

Intermediate English

ESL80 - High-Intermediate English Grammar

ESL85 - High-Intermediate Oral Communication Skills

ESL87 - High-Intermediate Integrated Academic Reading, Writing and Study Skills

Advanced English

ESL90 - Advanced English Grammar

ESL95 - Advanced Oral Communication Skills

ESL97 - Advanced Integrated Academic Reading, Writing and Study Skills

High-Advanced English

ESL110 - College Grammar And Editing for Multilingual Students

ESL115 - College Oral Communication Skills

ESL117A - Integrated Reading and Writing: Advanced English Language Learners

Transfer-Level English ENGL122AL - First Year College English for Multilingual Learners

How to enroll in classes

In order to take these courses, you must:

  1. First, complete an application to enroll as a DVC student.
  2. Once you have received your Student ID and account, please complete the ESL assessment to learn your current skill level and course placement.
  3. After you receive your student ID number, you should complete the online orientation (también está disponible en español.) The orientation will provide you with important information about student services, the online student portal, programs, procedures and policies.
  4. To see our current or upcoming classes, please use the searchable schedule.
  5. When you have decided which class to take, log into InSite to register.

English as a second language certificates

Review the ESL course sequence to see what courses are required and in what order.

Certificate of accomplishments are offered in:

You can learn more about these options and the requirements in our catalog.

We know that navigating degrees and certificate requirements can be tricky. Schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss which option is best for you.

Chat with an ESL Coordinator

Use our chat function on this page Monday through Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and also on Friday mornings between 9:00 a.m. and 12 noon. Or, contact one of the ESL Co-coordinators.

ESL Coordinators Drop-In Hours

You can speak to one of our ESL Co-Coordinators over Zoom during our drop-in hours here. Our hours are:

Monday 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

English as a second language advising

For English as a second language advising, Professor Lori Anne Rogala can help with registration and answer questions about our various English/ESL classes, general schedule planning, and other general DVC questions. Professor Rogala is available on campus at the Arts, Communication and Language Center (In the PAC building), by telephone, and online through Zoom.

Professor Rogala's advising hours

Mon 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon ACL/Online; 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Online only

Tues 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. PAC/Online; 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  PAC/Online

Wed 9:00 a.m. -12 noon Online only; 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. PAC/Online

Thurs 9-:00 p.m. - 11:00p.m. PAC/Online

Professor Rogala's contact details

Phone: 925-272-9978

Zoom: Lori Ann Rogala's Zoom Advising Office

Email: Lori Anne Rogala

Related links

Contact English

ESL Coordinator: Rayshell Clapper

Telephone: 925-969-2621

Email: Rayshell Clapper 

Office location: LC-114 campus map

ESL Coordinator: Laurie Sample

Telephone: 925-969-2619

Email: Laurie Sample 

Office location: LC-112 campus map

English Department Chair: Dorian Eidhin

Telephone: 925-969-2518

Email: deidhin@dvc.edu

Office location: FO 239

Contact: Charles Shackett

Telephone: 925-551-6217

Email: Charles Shackett  

Office location: W-117 campus map