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 our Vocational, Beginner and Intermediate 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 send us a message through our chat feature. We will respond as soon as we can.

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
Intermediate English
  • ESL70/70NC - Intermediate English Grammar
  • ESL75/75NC - Intermediate Oral Communication Skills
  • ESL77/77NC - Intermediate Integrated Academic Reading, Writing and Study Skills
High-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.

Chat with our ESL Coordinator

You can speak with our ESL Coordinator, Laurie Sample, in several ways:

  1. Email/phone: See contact details at the bottom of this page.
  2. Chat: Use our chat function on this page to send us a message between 9am-2pm Monday to Thursday. Outside those hours, please leave a message and we will respond as soon as possible.
  3. Zoom: You can speak to our ESL Coordinator over Zoom during drop-in hours here. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  4. In-Person: Visit the Arts, Language and Communication Student Center in the PAC building Monday-Wednesday between 10am-2pm to speak with our ESL Coordinator in person.

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

Monday and Wednesday: 4pm-7pm 

Tuesday and Thursday: 9am-12pm; 4pm-7pm

If the hours don't work with your schedule, please leave a voice message, text, or email and Professor Rogala will return your call!

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: Laurie Sample

Telephone: 925-338-9809

Email: Laurie Sample 

Office location: FO-119 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