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English as a Second Language (ESL)

About ESL

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.

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In order to enroll into an English as a Second Language (ESL) class, you must complete the following steps:

Classes Offered

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.

ESL Faculty Directory

Adjunct ESL Faculty

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

How much are the non-credit ESL classes?

The classes are free to students.

How can I register for ESL classes?

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.

Are ESL classes offered in the summer?

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.

Where are ESL classes currently offered?

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.

How do I transition from one ESL level to the next?

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.

What do I do if I have to make changes to my schedule due to work or personal circumstances?

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.

What classes can I take once I finish the ESL Sequence?

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

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone is a language and literacy program that provides structured learning tailored to each of the student’s goals. While engaging in short-length activities through phone, tablet, or computer, students will be able to develop the fundamental reading and pronunciation skills at no cost. For more information, please contact Hector Briseno at hector.briseno@portervillecollege.edu

Semester Program

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.

Click to Open ESL Program Semester Form

Note: Please download the PDF form onto your device or computer before filling in the answers and using the "Submit Email" button. (The "Submit Email" button is not supported by many browsers.) You may need to have the latest version of the free software Adobe Acrobat in order to use the fillable feature. If the "Submit Email" still doesn't work on your computer, you can email the form manually to aanaya@portervillecollege.edu

Resources

DREAMer’s Success Center

Financial Aid (In Spanish)

Know your Rights workshop

(Dates for Fall will soon be posted)

Mexican Consulate

(Dates for Fall will soon be posted)

Kern Community College District