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

  Spring Flex I Session 2023
(Jan. 16 -Mar. 7,  2024)
Spring Flex II Session 2023
(Mar. 18– May 9, 2024)
Summer Session 2023
(Jun. 3– July 25, 2024)
Application Deadline January 5, 2024 March 8, 2024 May 24, 2024
Registration deadline January 9, 2024 March 8, 2024 May 28, 2024
Classes begin January 16, 2024 March 18, 2024 June 3, 2024
Classes end March 7, 2024 May 9, 2024 July 25, 2024
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Contact Information: 

Ozuna Library and Learning Center (OZU 136)



Hours of Operation

8 a.m.– Noon
and 1–5 p.m. 

8 a.m.– Noon