English as a Second Language (ESL)

Individuals with limited English knowledge may face many challenges, but the ESL program at Palo Alto College offers the opportunity to learn English and get ahead in your career.

Our eight-week ESL classes allow students to progress to the skill level they want to achieve. All incoming students will be assessed on their current knowledge of the English language and be placed in one of five levels—from basic to level 4.

Each level includes four skills-focused areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Along with integrated grammar and vocabulary skills, the standards-based focus empowers students to build upon sequential background knowledge aligned with unique activities, self-assessments, reviews and tests for each unit being covered.

Important Dates

  Fall Flex I Session 2022
(August 22-October 13, 2022)
Fall Flex II Session 2022
(October 17 – December 08, 2022)
Application Deadline August 12, 2022 October 7, 2022
Registration deadline August 16, 2022 October 12, 2022
Classes begin August 22, 2022 October 17, 2022
Classes end October 13, 2022 December 8, 2022
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Contact Information: 

Ozuna Library and Learning Center (OZU 136)



Hours of Operation

8 a.m.– 12 p.m.
and 1–5 p.m.

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.