The Noncredit English as a Second Language program is for students whose first language is not English. Our courses will help you learn to read, write, and speak in English and be ready to find a job or transition to the credit ESL classes. During our program, you will take courses in conversation, advanced listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, and grammar. All classes are offered at beginning through advanced levels and are designed to increase your opportunities for successful employment and academic achievement.

*During PCC's period of temporary campus closure, we have moved our Noncredit classes online. Please note that some classes may vary in availability. Check the Schedule of Classes to view courses that are currently offered.

Learn to Read, Write & Speak in English


Our courses teach you a variety of language skills and are offered from beginner to advanced levels. Courses include:

  • English Conversation
  • Advanced Listening
  • Speaking & Pronunciation
  • Reading & Writing in English
  • English Grammar

ESL Program Details

In the Noncredit ESL Program you can choose to take individual courses in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Or, you can choose to follow a course sequence to earn a certificate of competence. Your counselor at the Noncredit division can help you decide which path is best for you.


Noncredit ESL Program Certificates

Level

Low to high literacy

Skills Taught

The Literacy level introduces basic English components such as the:

  • English alphabet and numbers
  • Basic grammatical functions
  • Pronunciation
  • Production of short and simple phrases

Required Courses

  • ESLN 1060A – English as a Second Language, Literacy Level A
  • ESLN 1060B – English as a Second Language, Literacy Level B

Program Completion

After you complete the required courses, you will earn a certificate of competence and be prepared to begin the ESL Level 1 program.

Level

Low Beginning Students

Skills Taught

  • Participate in simple conversations
  • Complete basic forms
  • Write simple sentences.

Required Courses

  • ESLN 1061A – English as a Second Language, Level 1A ESLN 1061B – English as a Second Language, Level 1B
  • This program prepares your for the ESL Level 2 Program.

Program Completion

After you complete the required courses, you will earn a certificate of competence and be prepared to begin the ESL Level 2 program.

Level

Low beginning to high beginning students

Skills Taught

Level 2 teaches you simple oral and written communication form such as:

  • Listening for specific information
  • Writing simple paragraphs
  • Asking clarifying questions

Required Courses

  • ESLN 1062A – English as a Second Language, Level 2A
  • ESLN 1062B – English as a Second Language, Level 2B

Program Completion

After you complete the required courses, you will earn a certificate of competence and be prepared to begin the ESL Level 3 program.

Level

High beginning to low intermediate

Skills Taught

Level 3 introduces complex language functions such as:

  • Identifying problems and discussing solutions
  • Writing a descriptive paragraph
  • Using comprehensive language to fulfill tasks

Required Courses

  • ESLN 1063A – English as a Second Language, Level 3A
  • ESLN 1063B – English as a Second Language, Level 3B

Program Completion

After you complete the required courses, you will earn a certificate of competence and be prepared to begin the ESL Level 4 program.

Level

Low intermediate to high intermediate

Skills Taught

Level 4 helps you develop extended oral fluency and written competency beyond that of personal experiences to global situations.

Required Courses

  • ESLN 1064A – English as a Second Language, Level 4A
  • ESLN 1064B – English as a Second Language, Level 4B

Program Completion

After you complete the required courses, you will earn a certificate of competence and be prepared to begin the ESL Level 5 program.

Level

High intermediate

Skills Taught

Level 5 teaches you to organize and use correct grammatical functions in oral and written communication in academic, work and life situations.

Required Courses

  • ESLN 1065A – English as a Second Language, Level 5A
  • ESLN 1065B – English as a Second Language, Level 5B

Program Completion

After you complete the required courses, you will earn a certificate of competence and be prepared to begin the ESL Level 6 program.


Ready to get started?

Follow these simple steps to apply and enroll to the Noncredit division and begin taking ESL classes!