The ESL program at Porterville College is designed to equip students with effective reading, writing, listening, speaking, and academic skills to attain success in transfer-level classes, career opportunities, and everyday situations.
In order to enroll into an English as a Second Language (ESL) class, you must complete the following steps:
The ESL program offers credit and non-credit classes throughout our rural communities, community centers, and Porterville College. Credited ESL classes are intended to prepare students for college-level classes. Non-credit ESL classes are free and are designed to help non-native speakers develop the necessary skills needed to communicate effectively in the workplace, at home, and the community.
The ESL program provides three distinctive levels of ESL that include High Beginning, High Intermediate, and Advanced for the non-credit ESL classes. Students will receive an ESL Certificate of Competency for each level that is completed. For more information on the ESL sequence, please see the ESL Sequence Chart for Porterville College below.
During COVID 19, Porterville College staff are working remotely from home to continue assisting students. The campus is currently closed until further notice. Please call (559)791-2200 or 2329 to speak with one of our personnel.
The classes are free to students.
In order to register for an ESL class, the student must complete the required steps. For more information about how to become a Porterville College student, please click here. You can also call the Student Services center to speak with one of our personnel and obtain more information by calling (559)791-2329.
Yes, ESL classes are offered in the summer. To find out more about which ESL level classes will be offered, please visit the Class Schedule Search page or call (559)791-2329 for more information.
Porterville College currently offers English as a Second Language classes at Richgrove School District, Sunnyside Elementary School in Strathmore, Church of God in Poplar, Pixley Elementary School, Commission Honorifica Mexicana in Porterville, and Porterville College. For more information, please call (559)791-2237 or (559)791-2415.
ESL Instructors have identified the student learning outcomes for every class. Each instructor will determine whether your English abilities are at the appropriate level in order to be promoted onto the next level. The instructor makes the recommendation based on the information obtained from test scores, class assignments, and attendance. Students promoted, will be informed about their progress and whether they have completed met the requirements to receive an ESL Certificate of Competency.
Make sure to let the instructor know if you have problems with your schedule or you will not be attending. If possible, we can look at other class options that will best fit your schedule.
As a Porterville College student, there are many educational and career opportunities available to you. A great place to start after completing the ESL classes is scheduling an appointment with the counselor to explore different majors and careers of interest. Once you found a major of interest, a comprehensive education plan is created to inform you about what classes you should
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For students that are planning to enroll for Summer or Fall 2020, please download the following form and fill in the boxes that were instructed by a Porterville College personnel. After completion, please click the “Submit” button and a Porterville College personnel will provide you further instruction.
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