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Credit ESL course can be transferred to All Cal state university, All Universities of California, USC and Other Colleges and Universities.

ESL Credit Courses


Upon completion of the Credit ESL Program, students are able to take English 101.

Grammar/Writing – 6 unit courses

  • E.S.L. 8:            High-Advanced ESL Composition course leading to English 101
  • E.S.L. 6A:         Advanced Level (was ESL 363)
  • E.S.L. 5A:         High-Intermediate Level (was ESL 362)
  • E.S.L. 4A:         Intermediate Level (was ESL 361)

Reading/Vocabulary - 3 unit courses

  • E.S.L. 6B:         Advanced Level
  • E.S.L. 5B:         High-Intermediate Level
  • E.S.L. 4B:         Intermediate Level

Listening/Speaking - 3 unit courses (starting fall 2017)

  • ESL 6C:            Advanced Level
  • ESL 5C :           High-Intermediate Level
  • ESL 4C :           Intermediate Level

Sequence of Courses

The Credit ESL Program is designed for students who want to study English for academic purposes.  The main pathway through the course sequence starts in ESL 3A and ends in E.S.L. 8.  To facilitate the mastery of all English language skills, we encourage students to enroll in the “B” courses (Reading / Vocabulary) and the “C” courses (Listening / speaking) together with the “A” courses (writing / grammar). 

The main goal of the Credit ESL Program is to enable students to progress quickly and competently to ENG 101.  This means that students who master pre-requisite skills for higher level courses will be encouraged to accelerate through the course sequence.

Students can enroll into the Credit ESL Program by completing the Placement Assessment Process through Student Services (which is only available for students who have not completed the Placement Assessment Process within one year), or by completing the Credit ESL Pre-Requisite Challenge Process for any credit ESL course.

sequence of courses diagram

Bridge from Non-Credit ESL to credit esl

The Credit ESL Program works closely with the Los Angeles Valley College Continuing Education (CE) Program that offers non-credit courses as a pathway to our credit courses. If you are currently in ESL NC 017 CE, you are eligible to transfer to the Credit ESL Program.