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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 cvaceinfo@cv.k12.ca.us and write "I want to learn English" in the email. 

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Classes for the Winter Quarter are in progress and will last until February 18.
The Spring Quarter will begin on February 22.
New students can start the week of February 22 if there is space available in their class level.
Current students will receive more information from their teacher.
New students will receive an email the week of February 15th from Cindi Grovhoug, ESL Coordinator, with information about their class and their teacher.
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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 6 months are NEW 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, (cgrovhoug@cv.k12.ca.us) if you have any questions.
If you are a New Student, please sign up for the interest list by following these directions. There is a video on the right side of this page that also shows how to register.
1. Click on the CLICK HERE box. This link will take you to our Registration Page. It will open in a new window. You can look back at these directions if you need help.
Click Here link to registration
2. Choose a testing appointment and click on "Register Now"
3. Look for "New Customers, Create an Account". If you have already created an account and can't remember your password, click "Forgot Password".
4. Follow the instructions to complete the registration.
5. Make sure that you "Check Out" and receive a confirmation of your testing appointment. 
If you need help, please call our office at (510) 886-1000.
Or send an email to cvaceinfo@cv.k12.ca.us 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.
You must wear a mask over your mouth and nose during the entire test session. 
You can choose:
You may take a class that meets in person twice a week and has an online conversation class. In-person class attendance, daily homework, and attending the online conversation class will be required.
You may take a class where you learn English on your own at home. You will learn on the computer using a computer program called Burlington English and attend an online conversation class once a week. Completing assignments on the computer and attending the online conversation class are required. ***No online classes for Beginning Students.
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. 
Classes for the winter quarter are happening now. Classes for the spring quarter will start FEBRUARY 22. If you are a new student for the winter quarter, you should have received an email from us telling you what time your class starts and where you should go for class. If you are not yet a student, please register for the interest list so that we can send you more information in May about classes for FALL 2022.