ESL - English as a Second Language

On March 13, 2020, in an effort to fight the spread of COVID-19 and in concert with every school district in Los Angeles County, the Monrovia USD Board of Education stopped face-to-face instruction for all of the students under its jurisdiction. On March 18, 2020 after being down for only two school days, Monrovia Community Adult School was providing curriculum and direct instruction to its ESL students through the Google Suite of online application. That occurred because of the passion, commitment, and technological expertise of every MCAS ESL faculty member. MCAS ESL students know the best ESL staff in Southern California works here.

MCAS will begin the year once again offering online curriculum and instruction. Faculty will provide direct instruction through Zoom and deliver curriculum in their Google Classroom, where links to assignments and many online resources will help students learn English.

MCAS will continue to include English Learner (EL) Civics units in all ESL classes, as well as to provide Citizenship, Pronunciation and Vocational ESL classes.

ESL Class Lengths and Dates

During the pandemic, MCAS daytime ESL classes are Monday through Thursday and still 3.5 hours long. Night classes are Tuesday and Thursday and are 3.5 hours long. However, direct instruction for both day and night will be provided online in Zoom for only 2 of those 3.5 hours. The expectation is that students access assignments which reinforce the instruction they received during the 2 hours on Zoom. Faculty will be available by email and even a quick Zoom meeting to help students who have questions about assignments.

MCAS is starting the Fall Term two weeks later than normal because the school's safety protocols for testing students required a longer amount of time to implement.

Following are the dates for each term / semester:

Day Classes

Term 1:   Sept 8, 2020 to December 18, 2020
Term 2:   Jan 4, 2021 to April 29, 2021

Evening Classes

Semester 1:   Sep 8, 2020 to December 19, 2020
Semester 2:   January 5, 2021 to April 29, 2021

Total Program Fee:   FREE

ESL Civics

English Learner 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 the school 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 six skill areas: reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, and grammar.

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.

ESL Courses Offered

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


ESL 1 - Beginning Literacy

ESL 1 is a non-credit, open enrollment course to help students learn very basic English vocabulary, reading, and writing skills. Students who demonstrate proficiency in ESL can read, write and say the letters of the alphabet; can write their name, address and date; and can ask simple questions, and speak statements of basic needs. Instruction includes individual, pair, and group work. Conversations help students become able to ask and answer questions about many aspects of functional everyday life.

Certificate awarded for level completion

Days: Mon, Tue, Wed and Thu
Times: 8:15am - 11:45am
Direct instruction on Zoom: 8:15am - 10:15am

Nights: Tues and Thu
Times: 6:00pm-9:30pm
Direct instruction on Zoom: 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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ESL 2 - Beginning Low

ESL 2 is a non-credit, open enrollment course designed for students who possess some low level basic skills in English. Students in ESL 2 improve vocabulary and learn to read and interpret simple sentences, instructions, forms, directions, signs, maps, and menus. Students who demonstrate proficiency in ESL 2 learning objectives can read common transportation and workplace signs, make sense of simple notes and messages, interpret simple forms, locate familiar information in simple lists, discuss simple sentences and communicate simply with various members of societal systems.

Certificate awarded for level completion

Days: Mon, Tue, Wed and Thu
Times: 8:15am - 11:45am
Direct instruction on Zoom: 8:15am - 10:15am

Nights: Tues and Thu
Times: 6:00pm-9:30pm
Direct instruction on Zoom: 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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ESL 3 - Beginning High

ESL 3 is a non-credit, open enrollment course designed for students who already have low beginning reading and writing English skills. 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, simple charts, schedules, graphs, diagrams, and a basic payroll stub, perform basic calculations, fill out basic forms, write simple notes and satisfy basic survival needs and routine social demands. Extensive development of conversational skills comes through pair and group work.

Certificate awarded for level completion

Days: Mon, Tue, Wed and Thu
Times: 8:15am - 11:45am
Direct instruction on Zoom: 8:15am - 10:15am

Nights: Tues and Thu
Times: 6:00pm-9:30pm
Direct instruction on Zoom: 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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ESL 4 - Intermediate Low

ESL 4 is a non-credit, open enrollment course designed for students who already have high beginning reading and writing English skills. Students build vocabulary and improve reading, writing, and computational tasks related to life roles. 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.

Certificate awarded for level completion

Days: Mon, Tue, Wed and Thu
Times: 8:15am - 11:45am
Direct instruction on Zoom: 8:15am - 10:15am

Nights: Tues and Thu
Times: 6:00pm-9:30pm
Direct instruction on Zoom: 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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ESL 5 - Intermediate High

ESL 5 is a non-credit, open enrollment course, which is designed for students who already have low intermediate reading and writing English skills. 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: Mon, Tue, Wed and Thu
Times: 8:15am - 11:45am
Direct instruction on Zoom: 8:15am - 10:15am

Nights: Tues and Thu
Times: 6:00pm-9:30pm
Direct instruction on Zoom: 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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ESL 6 - Advanced

ESL 6 is a non-credit, open enrollment course, which is designed for students who already have high intermediate reading and writing English skills. 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.

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 Career Technical Education students who have received their certification. We hope that many students work hard to achieve this honor!

Certificate awarded for program completion

Days: Mon, Tue, Wed and Thu
Times: 8:00am - 10:00am

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ESL Pronunciation and Accent Reduction

ESL Pronunciation and accent reduction helps student improve pronunciation for the workplace, school and community. The class includes the study and practice of vowels, consonants, stress, rhythm and intonation. Students must be at a Level 2 or above to enroll.

Days: Tue and Thu
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.

Days: Mon and Wed
Times: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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



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