English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Welcome to the College of Alameda ESOL department for non-native English learners! We are a small and special English program dedicated to helping you reach your goals in English.

Visit the ESOL Onboarding site.

At the College of Alameda ESL program, you will learn to:

  • Read, write, speak and understand English
  • Improve your communication with native English speakers
  • Become familiar with and participate in American culture
  • Develop life skills that will help you in the workplace and your academic career

By the end of the program, you will be able to read, write, speak, and critically think in English. These language skills will help prepare you to enter and complete vocational or academic programs and fully participate in the community you live in.



  1. You can apply for admission by completing the form via the web at https://www.peralta.edu or in person at the Admissions and Records Welcome Center.
  2. The next step is to take an assessment test in English to help evaluate your current skills. Appointments are required since space is limited. The Assessment Office is located in the “L” Building, 2nd Floor, (510-748-2307). You will attend an orientation session on the day you are assessed to familiarize yourself with the College and its services.
  3. After the assessment and orientation, a counselor will help you develop an educational plan and select appropriate courses based on your objectives and assessment evaluation. The Counseling Office is located in the “A” Building  (510-748-2209).
  4. Once you have successfully completed the above steps, you may enroll in your classes via the Internet at https://www.peralta.edu, or in person in the Admissions & Records Office in the “A” Building.

For more information, visit the Peralta Community College District Website at https://www.peralta.edu

  • Everyday use
  • Academic purposes (college and university)
  • Vocational and career purposes
  • Beginner beginners (non-credit)- link to page with SLO’s and class descriptions
  • Beginners (level 1)- link page with SLO’s & class descriptions for level 1
  • Intermediate learners (level 2)- link
  • High-intermediate learners (level 3)- link
  • Advanced learners (level 4) – link
  • Grammar
  • Listening and Speaking
  • Reading and Writing
  • Conversation
  • Pronunciation
  • Do you need help becoming a new student and understanding Guided Self-Placement (link to GSP)
  • Do you need help enrolling in classes (link to a page with Johanna’s videos and COA new student page)
  • Do you have questions about our ESOL program?

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