About ESL Program

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About the College of Marin ESL Program

For over forty-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 and Credit ESL classes, the College has helped countless Marin residents and international students from over 100 countries fulfill their educational, career, and personal goals. 

Noncredit ESL

Beginning to advanced noncredit ESL classes (levels 10 to 80) take an integrated skills approach practicing the fundamentals of grammar and vocabulary for everyday 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 students who would like to work in customer service. These classes are offered free.  

Credit ESL: High Intermediate to Advanced ESL Classes 

The intermediate and advanced level classes (levels 60 to 80, plus ENGL 98SL and ENGL 120SL) are more skills-focused – with separate classes for grammar and writing, reading and vocabulary, 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.

Students taking these classes will pay tuition and other fees depending on their residency status. Please see Paying for College.

If you are interested in taking English as a Second Language Classes at College of Marin for Credit ($$), please see a counselor first. For more information, please go here: