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English as a Second Language (ESL)



Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Victor Valley College is closed to the public. However, student services staff will be in the office Monday to Friday between 8am to 4:30pm to answer emails and phone calls, including phone and Zoom (online) counseling appointments. For information about counseling, contact a counselor whose inofrmation is located at the bottom of this page. 

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Steps to Enrollment for ESL students // 
Pasos Para la Inscripción Para Estudiantes de ESL


Important Notice: Limited ESL non-credit (at no cost) will begin Monday, August 31, 2020. View the "Steps to Enrollment" to begin the enrollment matriculation process to the college. Begin the steps today! For course listings, visit WebAdvisor. To determine if you are eligible for our summer non-credit classes, you must submit a VVC application and complete an ESL assessment that will provide your skills level in English.

Aviso Importante: Clases limitadas de ESL sin credito (sin cuota) empesaran el lunes, 31 de agosto del 2020. Vea "Pasos Para la Inscripción" para empesar los pasos para matricularse al colegio. Empiese los pasos hoy! Para la lista de clases, visite WebAdvisor. Para determinar si califica para las clases de verano de non-credit, tiene que completar y enviar una solicitud de admisión a VVC y completar una asesoria que le dirá su nivel de sus conocimientos del idioma Inglés.

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 23) and then proceed to take the ESL placement test in Building 23. (You will be required to show an identification card to submit your application and complete your exam.) After testing, students can attend an orientation or 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 - 
Rebecca Monjaraz - (760) 245-4271 ext. 2489, 
Lorena Ochoa - 
ESL Tutors/Assistants: (760) 245-4271 ext. 2126 

Para información en español, llame:
Fernando Contreras - 
Rebecca Monjaraz - (760) 245-4271 ext. 2489, 
Lorena Ochoa -
Tutores/Asistentes de ESL:  (760) 245-4271 ext. 2126



Last Updated 3/27/20