Learn English at LACC

Los Angeles City College offers two ESL (English as a Second Language) programs: Credit ESL and Non-Credit ESL. Please read the descriptions below to find the right fit for you.

Credit ESL

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Credit ESL classes prepare students for academic studies and career advancement. Credit ESL can help you:

  • Develop academic skills needed for success in American college classrooms
  • Complete a two-year A.A. or A.S. degree at Los Angeles City College
  • Transfer to a four-year university or enter a graduate program
  • Earn college credit which can be transferred to CSU and UC schools
  • Obtain a certificate in a Career or Technical field 
  • Prepare for tests including the GED and the TOEFL 
  • Feel confident in your ability to effectively communicate in written and spoken English

Students enrolling in the Credit ESL Program may qualify for the following benefits:

  • Tuition and fee waivers
  • Grants and scholarships
  • Book waivers and loans
  • Work study programs
  • Childcare services

Learn More About Credit ESL at LACC

Learn More About the Guided Self-Placement Process for Credit ESL

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Non-Credit ESL

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  • Many of our Non-Credit ESL students are working on their general English.
  • Improve overall English skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking)
  • Help with the language of daily life skills (citizenship, medical care, parent-teacher conferences, employment, etc.)
  • Help with understanding American culture, customs, and public services
  • Builds skills for Credit classes, GED classes, and Citizenship
  • Non-Credit ESL classes give grades (P/SP/NP) that can be used to earn vocational certificates for employment and careers
  • Non-Credit ESL courses are repeatable, open entry and open exit
  • No residency requirement
  • Free

Learn More About Non-Credit ESL at LACC