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ESL Program

For over thirty-five years, College of Marin has been addressing the needs of Marin County's English learners through its high-quality English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs. Through free noncredit ESL classes, credit ESL classes, and a fee-based Intensive English Program, the College has helped countless Marin residents and international students from over 100 countries fulfill their educational, career and personal goals. To find the best class level, we assess your English skills before you enter any of these programs.

Beginning to Intermediate ESL Classes (Noncredit)

Beginning to intermediate noncredit ESL classes take a communicative and integrated skills approach. Students practice the fundamentals of grammar, and vocabulary for every day and employment situations through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. These classes help student improve their English so that they can communicate in their everyday life, get a better job, help their children in school, and prepare for citizenship. We also offer vocational ESL classes for childcare workers and students who would like to work in customer service.

Intermediate to Advanced ESL Classes (Credit or Noncredit)

The highest level (40) prepares students to move on to the intermediate and advanced level classes which are more academic in focus. These classes (levels 50-70) can be taken for credit or noncredit. They are more focused – with separate classes for grammar and writing, reading and vocabulary, and listening and speaking and pronunciation. Students who progress through the higher level sequence eventually take college-level English and work towards career certificates, degrees, or transfer to a university.

The ESL Website

On the left side of this page you will find links to information regarding the application processes, the classes offered, the schedules and other frequently asked questions (FAQs).

  • Beginning to Intermediate level students should follow the Noncredit ESL Information.
  • Intermediate to Advanced students should look at the information under Credit ESL. Many of the Credit ESL courses are offered for noncredit students as well. Please see the application process in the Credit ESL 

Next Noncredit ESL Success Workshops  

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 6:00 pm – 9 pm

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 9 am - 11:45 pm

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 6:00 pm – 9 pm

Spring 2019 Classes begin on:

  • Saturday, January 19th for Saturday classes and
  • Tuesday, January 22nd for weekday classes.
  • Monday, January 21st is a holiday.