All About English, English as a Second Language, and Math

All About English

To find your first English and math courses, use the DVC online placement tool.


All students have the right to start their English courses at the transfer level. ENGL-122 -- First-Year College Composition and Reading, is the freshman transfer level class.

  • Some students may be recommended or required to take a course that has additional support, which is designed for you to be more successful. 

Beginning in Fall 2020 this class is ENGL-122L-First Year College Composition and Reading with Additional Support for a total of 5-units.

***In Summer 2020 the support will consist of ENGL-122 and ENGL 120, linked courses for a total of 5-units. 

What if English is not my first language?
If English is not your first language, you may consider taking ENGL-122AL -- First-Year College English Intensive For Multilingual Students. This class will provide extra support in grammar and other key skills.

***In Summer 2020 the support will consist of ENGL-122A and ENGL-120A.

All About ESL

For students interested in practicing and improving their English
DVC offers ESL classes in reading, writing, and oral skills.

Our classes range from intermediate to very advanced. Please see our ESL course sequence.
If you have questions, or need help deciding which course would be the best fit for you, visit the Learning Center. They are looking forward to talking with you.

For students very comfortable reading, writing, and speaking in English and have graduated from a U.S. high school within the past ten years, use the DVC online placement tool to find your first English class.

If you did not attend high school in the U.S., please go to the Assessment Center website for help with guided self-placement.

DVC offers two transfer-level options for multilingual students. The first is ENGL-122 -- First-Year Composition and Reading. This is the same class offered to native English speaking students.

Multilingual students may wish to take ENGL-122AL-First-Year College English Intensive For Multilingual Students. This class will provide extra support in grammar and other key skills.


     ***In Summer 2020 the support will consist of ENGL-122A and ENGL-120A.

All about Math

To find your first English and math courses, use the DVC online placement tool.

All students have the right to start their math courses at the transfer level.

  • MATH-121 – Plane Trigonometry is the first transfer level math course for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) students.
  • MATH-135 – College Algebra is the first transfer level math course for many business students.
  • MATH-142 – Elementary Statistics with Probability is a transfer level math course that works well for most liberal arts, humanities, and social science students.

Some students may be required to add a support class to their schedule.

  • MATH-021 (2 units) is paired with MATH-121
  • MATH-035 (4 units) is paired with MATH-135
  • MATH-042 (2 units) is paired with MATH-142

Both the math class and the paired support class are taught by the same instructor. These are called linked classes – this means you must enroll in both classes at the same time.

If you think the extra support class would help, you may choose to take the linked classes even if you aren’t required to. You will find the listing of linked classes at the end of this section.