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Reference Handbook: ESL Classes/GED Prep

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ESL Classes

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Individuals with limited English knowledge may face many challenges, but the ESL program at Palo Alto College offers the opportunity to learn English and get ahead in your career.

Our eight-week ESL classes allows students to progress to the skill level they want to achieve. All incoming students will be assessed on their current knowledge of the English language and be placed in one of five levels—from basic to level 4.

Each level includes four skilled focused areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Along with integrated grammar and vocabulary skills, the standards-based focus empowers students to build upon sequential background knowledge aligned with unique activities, self-assessments, reviews and tests for each unit being covered.


Contact Information: 

Location: Ozuna Library and Learning Center (OZU 136)

Edgar E. Nandin
Academic Program Specialist - GED


Kathy Salas
Administrative Services Specialist - ESL & GED





8 a.m.–5 p.m. (Closed: Noon–1 p.m.)

8 a.m.-12 p.m.


Revised 4-20-23