ESL - English as a Second Language

MCAS offers all levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes during the day and at night to help you become proficient in English. We also offer classes help you pass the Citizenship test and become a U.S. citizen.

Class Lengths and Semester Dates

For the 2016-17 school year, MCAS has increased the length of daytime ESL Level classes to four hours for each class. This means all daytime ESL Level courses are one semester in length with 260 hours of classroom instruction. MCAS hopes by restructuring our courses this way, daytime students can progress one ESL Level in a semester.

Night classes are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and are 2.5 hours per night. Since the night classes are one-half the amount of hours as the day classes, these courses are one year in length. MCAS expects that students would progress one ESL Level during the school year.

The Computer ESL and Citizenship classes will remain at two hours.

MCAS ESL classes are now one semester in length. Following are the dates for each semester:

Semester 1:   August 22, 2016 thru December 21, 2016
Semester 2:   January 9, 2017 thru May 11, 2016
Total Program Fee:   FREE

ESL Civics

ESL Civics is an important component of the MCAS ESL Program. We want our ESL students to understand why ESL Civics is included in our classes and why they should learn Civics content and do well on the Civics tests. The U.S. government believes that immigrants and other limited English proficient persons must not only master English, but be able to understand and navigate governmental, educational, workplace systems and key institutions, such as banking and health care in order to effectively participate in education, work, and civic opportunities in this country.

ESL Levels

In the Appendix of the ESL Student Handbook and on this website, you will find the Citrus College Adult Education Consortium (CCAEC) Language Proficiency Objectives (LPOs). The CCAEC LPOs are the minimum course objectives our consortium faculty believes a student needs to complete in order to advance from one ESL Level to the next. These LPOs have been created across seven skill areas: reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, grammar, and functional skills.

These Proficiency Objectives are very detailed and are the best way for students to understand what they need to learn at each level in order to advance to the next ESL level.

Courses Offered

Below are general descriptions of the ESL courses offered at MCAS:


ESL Classes in Duarte

MCAS is expanding the locations of its classes to better serve the adults of Duarte and southern Monrovia! ESL classes at Mount Olive High School allow parents to conveniently improve their English after dropping students off at school.

Students in ESL Beginning classes develop better English communication skills by improving reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in their roles as family and community members, workers, and citizens. Enroll for free now!

Days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Times: 8:00am - 10:30am

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Beginning ESL at Santa Fe

MCAS is expanding the locations of its classes to better serve the parents of MUSD students and the adults of southern Monrovia! ESL classes at Santa Fe allow parents to conveniently improve their English by attending class right after drop off on the Santa Fe Middle School campus.

Students in ESL Beginning classes develop better English communication skills by improving reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in their roles as family and community members, workers, and citizens. Enroll for free now!

Days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Times: 8:15am - 10:15am

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ESL 1 - Beginning Literacy

ESL 1 students learn basic English vocabulary, reading, and writing skills. Students learn to write and say the letters of the alphabet, numbers and basic words through individual, pair, and group work. Conversations help students become able to ask and answer questions about many aspects of functional everyday life. The instructor also provides help with basic accent reduction and pronunciation.

Certificate awarded for level completion

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Times: 8:15am - 12:30pm

Nights: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Times: 6:30pm-9:00pm

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ESL 2 - Beginning Low

Students in ESL 2 develop better English communication skills by improving reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in their roles as family and community members, workers, and citizens. Students improve vocabulary and learn to read, interpret and discuss simple sentences, instructions, forms, directions, signs, maps, and menus. This class includes individual, pair, and group work. The instructor also provides help with beginning accent reduction and pronunciation.

Certificate awarded for level completion

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Times: 8:15am - 12:30pm

Nights: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Times: 6:30pm-9:00pm

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ESL 3 - Beginning High

Students develop high beginning reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in their roles as family and community members, workers, and citizens. Students learn to read and interpret basic written instructions, schedules, simple charts, graphs, diagrams, and a basic payroll stub, perform basic calculations, fill out basic forms and write simple notes. Extensive development of conversational skills comes through pair and group work. The instructor also provides help with beginning high accent reduction and pronunciation.

Certificate awarded for level completion

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Times: 8:15am - 12:30pm

Nights: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Times: 6:30pm-9:00pm

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ESL 4 - Intermediate Low

Students continue to build grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing skills and practice high levels of practical conversation in pairs and small groups. Students learn to follow complex oral directions, learn new phrases with familiar vocabulary, know basic computer app terms, fill out basic medical information forms and job applications, and begin to write paragraphs. The instructor also provides help with intermediate accent reduction and pronunciation.

Certificate awarded for level completion

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Times: 8:15am - 12:30pm

Nights: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Times: 6:30pm-9:00pm

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ESL 5 - Intermediate High

Students in ESL 5 learn to communicate comfortably in English, build confidence in speaking and listening skills, and enhance their ability to read and write. Students can function independently in most familiar personal and work situations, show better control of grammar, and can read and interpret authentic health and job materials. Students begin to show some creativity in order to produce language. The instructor also provides help with more complex accent reduction and pronunciation.

Certificate awarded for level completion

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Times: 8:15am - 12:30pm

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ESL 6 - Advanced

Students in ESL 6 integrate language functions and language forms with informational sources, necessary skills, and real world topics. Students can function independently in familiar personal and work situations, show very good control of grammar, and can read and interpret most authentic forms and materials they encounter in the world. Students often use creativity to produce language. Students address topics in ESL 6 that coincide with their learning goals: general, vocational, or academic. The instructor also provides help with advanced and complex accent reduction and pronunciation.

Commencement Ceremony

Students who successfully master the learning objectives of MCAS ESL Level 6 will be invited to participate in the MCAS Commencement. Taking part in this ceremony is a great honor! Students will take part with high school students who have earned a diploma and medical students who have received their certification and medical pin. We hope that many students work hard to achieve this honor!!!

Certificate awarded for program completion

ESL 6 Offered 2nd Semester
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Times: 8:15am - 12:30pm

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Computer ESL

In Computer ESL students can improve their English skills and accelerate their learning. In our English / Computer Instruction class, students can get individual one-on- one help from an instructor as they use the computer to learn English faster. This class is great to improve skills for students struggling in an English class or and move up to a new English level if they want to accelerate.

Certificate awarded for level completion

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Times: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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Citizenship

This course prepares students for the citizenship interview and written/oral exams. Topics include U.S. history, U.S. government, written dictation practice, interview questions, and filling out the N-400 application form. MCAS suggests that Citizenship students are able to speak, read and write English at an intermediate level or above.

Certificate awarded for program completion

Days: Tuesday and Thursday
Times: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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Introduction to Mandarin and Chinese Culture

This course focuses on Chinese history, culture, achievements, and contributions in the United States. Students learn basic Mandarin to better support their children/students in dual immersion Mandarin programs.

Certificate awarded for level completion

Days: Monday
Times: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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For further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.



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