English as a second language

If  English is not your first language, you are not alone. DVC offers many English as a second language (ESL) classes to help you with your English speaking, reading, and writing skills. By successfully completing these classes, you will be on the right path to enroll in a DVC program or transfer to a four-year university.

A certificate  in ESL can be used to show your educational success and dedication to potential employers, scholarship committees, and college admissions.

In order to take these courses, you must first complete the ESL assessment to learn your current skill level and course placement.

Review the ESL course sequence  to see what courses are required and in what order.

English as a second language certificates

Certificate of accomplishments are offered in:

  • ESL conversation,
  • intermediate ESL reading and writing, 
  • advanced ESL reading and writing. 

You can learn more about these options and the requirements in our  catalog .

We know that navigating degrees and certificate requirements can be tricky.  Schedule an appointment with a counselor  to discuss which option is best for you. 

English as a second language class schedule

To see the current or upcoming ESL classes, view our class schedule: 


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Contact English

Chair:Katy Agnost

Telephone:925-969-2405

Email:  kagnost@dvc.edu

Office location: FO-110  campus map

Contact:Charles Shackett

Telephone:925-551-6217

Email: cshackett@dvc.edu

Office location: W-117 campus map