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 students become proficient in English. MCAS includes English Learner (EL) Civics units in all ESL classes to assist students so they can better navigate a variety of governmental, educational, and workplace systems. MCAS provides a Citizenship program, to help students pass the Citizenship test and become a U.S. citizen and a Pronunciation and Accent Reduction program to support students in their efforts to improve accents. The MCAS Vocational ESL program gives English Learners the chance to learn English while acquiring knowledge and skills that will prepare them for MCAS Career Technical classes.

Class Lengths and Semester Dates

MCAS daytime ESL classes are 3.5 hours for each class. Based on the instructional hours for each ESL level, the school expects a daytime student progress one ESL Level in one Term, which is the same amount of time as a regular semester.

Night classes are Tuesday and Thursday and are 3.5 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 night students would progress one ESL Level during the entire school year.

Thus, MCAS ESL day classes are one Term in length, and night classes are for a school year in length, which is broken up into two semesters.

Following are the dates for each semester:

Day Classes

Semester 1:   August 27, 2018 to December 20, 2018
Semester 2:   January 7, 2019 to May 2, 2019

Evening Classes

Semester 1:   August 28, 2018 to December 20, 2018
Semester 2:   January 8, 2019 to May 2, 2019

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.

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 are exposed to the language through Future Intro and supplemental texts to become better prepared for ESL 2 classes. 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. 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 - 12:00pm

Nights: Tuesday and Thursday
Times: 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 are exposed to the language through Future 1 and supplemental texts to become better prepared for ESL 3 classes. 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. Class instruction includes individual, pair, and group work and the instructor provides help with beginning accent reduction and pronunciation.

Certificate awarded for level completion

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Times: 8:15am - 12:00pm

Nights: Tuesday and Thursday
Times: 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 are exposed to the language through Future 2 and other supplemental texts to become better prepared for ESL 4 classes. 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. 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 - 12:00pm

Nights: Tuesday and Thursday
Times: 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 are exposed to the language through Future 3 and other supplemental texts to become prepared for ESL 5 classes. 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 - 12:00pm

Nights: Tuesday and Thursday
Times: 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 are exposed to the language through Future 4 and other supplemental texts to become prepared for ESL 6 classes. 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 - 12:00pm

Nights: Tuesday and Thursday
Times: 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 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

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

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Vocational ESL

Vocational ESL is designed for ESL students who wish to accelerate English learning in the context of earning employment. The Vocational ESL course is a hybrid class: a combination of online and direct instruction. While learning English, students also learn soft job skills and introductory knowledge about one of the vocations for which MCAS provides career technical training. Students learn how to make a resume, interview skills, life skills, job search skills, and career-specific knowledge while learning and improving English.

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: Monday and Wednesday
Times: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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