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English as a Second Language

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Line dividing sections of textEnglish as a Second Language (ESL) classes teach how to read, write, listen, and speak English. The classes offer students support and many opportunities to practice. Our classes are taught by experienced ESL teachers who care about their students.

You are welcome here! No documents are needed. 

If you need help, please call our office at (510) 886-1000.
Or send an email to [email protected] and write "I want to learn English" in the email. 

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All registration appointments for the Spring Quarter are full.
 
Click on the blue button to the right to sign up on our interest list.
 
When registration for the next quarter opens, you will be contacted to sign up for an appointment to register and take a placement test. All students must first take a placement test so that you are in the correct class level.
 
Use the arrows next to each question below to see the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about our program. 
Before you start class, you must take a test so that we can place you in the correct class level. You can find information about signing up for the test lower down on this page. 
 
Testing does not guarantee placement in a class; students may be placed on a waiting list if their level or preferred class is full. 
The test is a placement test that shows how well you already know English. It will take about 90 minutes. You must have an appointment to take the test. Please do not bring children with you to the test.
Students who are attending class now are CURRENT STUDENTS
 
Students who have never taken ESL classes at Castro Valley Adult & Career Education OR who have not attended class in the last 3 months are NEW STUDENTS.
CURRENT STUDENTS
If you are attending ESL classes now, you will receive more information from your teacher. You can email your teacher or Cindi Grovhoug, our ESL Coordinator, ([email protected]) if you have any questions.
NEW STUDENTS
If you are a New Student, please sign up on our interest list. When registration for the next quarter starts, you will get an email. 
 
If you need help, please call our office at (510) 886-1000.
Or send an email to [email protected] and write "I want to learn English" in the email. 
 
If you have already completed two years of class in the Advanced class, please call our office at (510) 886-1000 and ask to speak to our Transition Specialist. We'd like to help you achieve your goals!
We want all our students and staff to stay safe and healthy. 
 
The morning of your testing appointment, please make sure that you feel well and do not have a fever. If you are sick, please stay home. 
Most of our classes are in person, but if you already know some English, you can choose:
 
IN PERSON
Our morning classes are Tuesday, from 9am - 11:30am AND Wednesday and Thursday, from 9am - 12pm. Some classes may meet on Monday, from 9am - 11:30am.
 
Our evening classes are Tuesday and Thursday, from 6pm-9pm. Some classes may meet on Monday or Wednesday night. 
ONLINE
Our morning Zoom classes are Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-11am. 
 
Our evening Zoom classes are Thursday, from 7pm-9pm. 
 
We also offer Independent Study: your teacher will give you assignments and will meet with you if you need help, but you can study English on your own schedule, using the Burlington English computer program. 
 
You must already know some English to take any online class.
You can choose morning or evening classes. Classes are free. You must be 18 years of age or older to attend. Please do not bring children with you to class. 
Spring quarter classes start the week of February 26, 2024. At this time, all our classes are full. Please sign up on the interest list so that we can contact you when it is time to sign up again.