Credit/noncredit classes are being delivered remotely through the end of the the Fall 2020 semester. The Support Services page lists student services available remotely. Please check College of Marin Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources for the latest information related to COVID-19.
For New Students:
For returning students who have access the to the MyCOM Portal
For over forty 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 General ESL classes, Academic 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, it is important to assess your English skills before you enter any of these programs.
General ESL: Beginning to Intermediate ESL Classes
Beginning to intermediate noncredit ESL classes (levels 10 to 40) 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 students 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.
Academic ESL: Intermediate to Advanced ESL Classes
The highest level in General ESL (ESLN 40) prepares students to move on to the intermediate and advanced level classes (levels 50 to 80) which are more academic in focus. These classes 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 may eventually take college-level English and work towards career certificates, degrees, or transfer to a university.
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 (levels 10 to 40) should follow the General ESL Application Information.
- Intermediate to Advanced students (levels 50 to 80) should look at the information under Academic ESL. Please see the Academic ESL application process.
- ESL Sequence of Classes Chart
- We will not have in-person testing in the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters.
- For ESL placement, please use the ESL Guided Self-Placement Tool to find your ESL level.
College of Marin Student ID# required before using the ESL Guided Self-Placement Tool:
- You will be asked for a Student ID# (M00#). This number MUST BE a VALID College of Marin Student ID number.
- To get a College of Marin Student ID# (M00#), you must fill out the Noncredit Application for College and wait for a welcome letter from the college.
- After you receive your M00#, you can use the ESL Guided Self-Placement Tool to find your ESL level.
- Número de Identificación Estudiantil (M00#)* Este número debe ser un Número de Identificación Estudiantil VALIDO, emitido por el College of Marin.
- Para obtener un Número de Identificación Estudiantil, deberá completar la solicitud de Noncredit Application for College y esperar por una carta de bienvenida que recibirá por medio de mail del College of Marin.
- Después de recibir su M00#, puede usar la ESL Guided Self-Placement Tool para encontrar su nivel de ESL.
All new noncredit ESL students and students returning after an absence of a year or more must fill out the online Noncredit Application for College.
Go to Apply for Admission on the College of Marin website and click on "Apply for English as a Second Language (ESL) - Noncredit Classes."
Note: There are TWO parts – creating an account and applying to College of Marin. Make sure you continue after your account set-up is complete.
Summer 2020 Session
- June 15th to July 23rd
Fall 2020 Semester
- August 22nd (Saturday) to December 12th (Saturday)
- Levels 50 and above classes will have final exams December 14th to 18th.