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English as a Second Language (ESL)


Important Notice: Limited ESL credit (fee) will begin Monday, February 12, 2018 See "Steps to Enrollment" to begin the enrollment matriculation process to the college. Begin the steps today! For course listings, visit WebAdvisor.

Aviso Importante: Clases limitadas de ESL con credito (cuota) empesaran el lunes,12 de febrero del 2018. Vea "Pasos Para la Inscripción" para empesar los pasos para matricularse al colegio. Empiese los pasos hoy! Para lista de cursos, visite WebAdvisor.

Welcome to the home page for the ESL Department at Victor Valley College!

English as a Second Language (ESL) is the study of English designed for non-native speakers of English. As the High Desert has become very diverse both culturally and linguistically, the need for language and cultural orientation has grown.  Although not recognized as a separate major, ESL is a necessary component for success in any field for the non-native student.  Non-native speakers of English need to develop academic language skills necessary to accomplish their educational goals.  The ESL Department at VVC seeks to help these students develop these skills.

To this end, the ESL program offers several components:

  1. A full range of courses at seven levels of proficiency, from beginning to advanced.  The first two levels are offered non-credit; others are offered for college credit.  Almost all courses include a technology component.  For course descriptions, choose “Courses” from our menu on the left.
  2. Thanks to a Title V-HSI grant, an open lab is available to students who need practice with language skills.  The lab houses a variety of resources, including dictionaries, textbooks, and computerized programs designed to help students at all levels improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.
  3. Through Title V-HSI funding, ESL students can join structured support groups which meet outside of designated class time.  The purpose of these groups is to help participants improve their language skills, gain self-confidence, and meet everyday needs that arise as they adjust to an academic environment.
  4. A full complement of matriculation services is available to students.  Services include diagnostic assessment, orientation, counseling, information on financial aid, and support services for disabled students.

Before registering for courses, new students must complete an Admissions Application online at or submit an application to Admissions and Records (Building 52) and then proceed to take the ESL placement test in Building 55. (You will be required to show an identification card to submit your application and complete your exam.) After testing, students can attend an orientation and meet individually with an academic counselor to discuss assessment results and make an appropriate educational plan.  Bilingual counselors (Spanish / English) are available.

For more information, please contact:
Fernando Contreras - (760) 245-4271, ext. ext. 2388, or
Lorena Ochoa - 

Para información en español, llame:
Fernando Contreras - (760) 245-4271, ext. ext. 2388, o
Lorena Ochoa -



Last Updated 11/22/17