English as a Second Language


English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language Department at Long Beach City College prepares students to develop the skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in order to reach their academic and vocational goals. Our services include placement testing, counseling, registration assistance, and academic instruction. The ESL program seeks to reflect and serve the needs of a growing and changing student population. It provides access to all campus programs and services and prepares students to meet academic, vocational, and personal goals.

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The study of English as a Second Language develops many skills which are applicable across many diverse career paths. An English as a Second Language certificate provides students with the ability to work in careers in which communicating effectively in English is necessary. 


ESL is a road and not a destination. As such, the skills taught in ESL are crucial for anyone to communicate effectively in English. The ability to translate between English and another language leads to many careers.

  • Customer Service Representative
  • Flight Attendant
  • Healthcare Professional
  • Hospitality Manager
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Retail Representative/Manager
  • Teacher
  • Writer
  • Writer/Journalist

Degrees & Certificates

English as a Second Language (COMP) Curriculum Guide

Certificate of Competency, English for Everyday

Certificate of Competency, ESL Literacy

Certificate of Competency, ESL Reading for Citizenship

Certificate of Competency, Intermediate Grammer

Certificate of Competency, Intermediate Oral Skills

Certificate of Competency, Intermediate Reading & Writing

Certificate of Competency, Reading Skills for ESL Students

Certificate of Competency, Workplace Language Skills for ESL
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How do I start taking ESL Classes?

Visit the ESL Office or contact the ESL Learning Center at (562) 938-3043.

Where can I get tutoring for ESL?

Contact the ESL Learning Center at (562) 938-3043 or (562) 938-3266.