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Learn English at LACC

Learn English at LACC

LACC provides a variety of credit and non-credit ESL classes to meet your personal and/or academic goals.

Credit ESL

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If you currently live in California and need ESL classes for a college degree, certificate, or transfer to a 4-year college or university.

Or if you need academic ESL for your job.

Learn More About Credit ESL at LACC

Noncredit ESL

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If you currently live in California and need some English practice for talking to your boss, co-workers, neighbors or children.

Or if you want to pass the GED test, or study for the citizenship exam.

Learn More About Noncredit ESL at LACC

Differences Between Credit and Noncredit ESL Classes

  Credit ESL Noncredit ESL
Classes Offered

Low intermediate to high-advanced ESL classes

Elective courses on reading/vocabulary, listening/speaking skills

Literacy to intermediate ESL classes

Civics Education

Vocational ESL

Conversational ESL classes

Transition to credit ESL classes

Residency Requirements

For California residents, out-of-state students, international students, and DACA

Does not require proof of residency

Enrollment Policy

Managed enrollment
(Classes must be added or dropped by specific dates)

Open-enrollment, all courses are repeatable


Letter Grades or Pass/No Pass

Pass/Satisfactory/No Pass


Charged standard tuition but students may be qualified for financial aid or fee waiver


Similarities Between Credit and Noncredit ESL Classes

All credit and non-credit ESL classes:

  • Help students improve English skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking)
  • Prepare students to achieve academic success, career advancement, or other personal goals
  • Require study time outside of class
  • Are taught by dedicated and professional ESL instructors