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Credit English as a Second Language Department

Welcome to the Credit ESL Program-old

Our aim is to help students from different language and cultural backgrounds to achieve their academic and career goals by giving a solid foundation in academic English skills. Our mission is to help you develop the necessary skills and knowledge that will enable you to be successful in your future academic and career plans. We offer a friendly classroom atmosphere with classes taught by professional, caring and enthusiastic faculty.

The Credit ESL Program offers courses designed for students whose primary language is not English and are studying at LAVC in order to earn a degree or professional certificate, or transfer to another college or university to get a degree or professional certificate. These courses prepare non-native speakers with classes in grammar and writing, reading and vocabulary, and listening and speaking skills from the intermediate to the advanced levels.

Credit ESL Help Desk


Armenian / Russian / Spanish Speaker Available.

Ask us about any other languages.

Office HoursMonday to Friday: 9:00-12:00

Location:  HUM 109 (see campus MAP)

Telephone:     818.778.5922  


If emailing us, please include your full name, student ID #, and a phone number to contact you.


How to Apply to the College or Register for a Class


Continuing Students

As a continuing student, you don’t have to apply to the College.  You can register for your classes by following this step-by-step video on How to Enroll in Credit E.S.L. Classes at Los Angeles Valley College.  Or you can visit the Welcome Center.

Welcome Center

Office Hours: Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm Friday: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: Student Services Building, 1st Floor

 Telephone: (818) 938-8418



New Students

1.         New students must apply to the College and get a student ID first. The application can be found here: Welcome to the Online Application

2.         If you have already applied and have a student ID and password, you are ready for the Guided Self Placement (GSP) Process.  If you forgot your password, send an email to and request to reset your password. Include your full name, student ID number and birthday (month and day).

3.         If English is not your first language, you will be directed to complete the ESL Assessment - Guided Self Placement (GSP) Process.  This process will help you identify which course or courses to take.  See below for more details.

4.         For step-by-step instructions on how to register in a class, watch this video: How to Enroll in Credit E.S.L. Classes at Los Angeles Valley College.  Or you can visit the Welcome Center.  See the contact information above.

5.         Log into CANVAS and enjoy your classes! Follow these steps to Login to and Office36



ESL Assessment - Guided Self Placement Process

The ESL assessment is designed for students for who want to learn how to speak, read and write in English and/or English Language Learners coming from other countries who did not complete at least three years of high school in the U.S. We have six levels of courses from low-intermediate to college-level English composition, and the Guided Self Placement Process will help know which level is the right one for you.

The Guided Self Placement Process has two parts, and you need access to ZOOM and the Internet to complete both parts:

  1. Meet with a faculty member to choose the right level (about 15 minutes)
  2. Meet with a counselor to register for your classes (about 15 minutes)

Please contact @email to inquire about setting up the Guided Self Placement.

Advising and Academic Planning


In order to make sure that all your courses can be scheduled to be completed in a timely manner, you should be sure to consult with Advising and Academic Planning, please:


For information about Valley College’s Non-Credit ESL, please see the Continuing Education Dept.

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