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ESL Program

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, we assess your English skills before you enter any of these programs.

General ESL:  Beginning to Intermediate ESL Classes

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 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 which are more academic in focus. These classes (levels 50-80) 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). All new students must take the ESL Placement Test at a Noncredit ESL Success Workshop or at the Assessment and Testing Office.

  • Beginning to Intermediate level students should follow the General ESL Information.
  • Intermediate to Advanced students should look at the information under Academic ESL. Please see the application process in the Academic ESL.
  • ESL Sequence of Classes Chart  

Options for application and enrollment during the Fall 2019 semester

Next Noncredit ESL Success Workshops 

  • CANCELLED:  Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 9 am - 11:45 am (Kentfield)



Fall 2019 Classes:

Monday, August 19 until Friday, Dec 6
Fall 2019 Saturday classes begin on August 24 and end on Dec. 14
  • Holidays:
    • Monday, Sept 2 and Monday, Nov 11
    • Thursday - Saturday, Nov 28-30