English as a Second Language (ESL)

The ESL program is designed to develop and expand upon students’ abilities to comprehend and utilize the English language. The foci of the program are Grammar and Writing, Reading and Vocabulary, and Listening and Speaking. Each discipline is provided for Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Students are tested, prior to enrollment, in order to determine placement level. Upon completion of each level, students will be assessed in order to determine eligibility for advancement.

The ESL program is a 24-month program that is divided into eight 11-week quarters. There are four proficiency levels: Beginning, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, and Advanced. Each proficiency level is divided into two quarters and each quarter is divided into three modules and a student must complete an assessment at the end of each module and receive cumulative score of 70% or higher in order to pass the quarter. Students who have successfully completed a quarter are evaluated for advancement to the subsequent level at the end of each quarter. A student has completed the entire program and is eligible to graduate upon completing and successfully passing the Advanced level. Students may also request a certification of completion for each level he/she has successfully completed.

Admission to the Program

Students may gain admission to Southern California State University’s ESL program by satisfying the following requirements:

  1. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and able to provide proof of age.
  2. Complete an Application for Admission form.
  3. Pay a nonrefundable application fee
  4. All applicants must submit a high school diploma or its equivalent, transcripts or GED. Once accepted for admission; students must complete the enrollment process and register for classes.
  5. The enrollment process includes completing the Placement Examination which is used to determine his/her proficiency level and selecting their preferred program/class schedule.
  6. Admission is only valid for the term in which the applicant was accepted. Payment of all fees and tuition are due at the time of registration.
  7. The school requires all candidates who previously applied but did not complete the enrollment process to repeat the entire process. Any student who has withdrawn or has been dismissed from the school and wishes to return must submit a new application for readmission to the school.


  • To provide highly qualified and motivated instructors who will keep students engaged in their language acquisition goals.
  • To accommodate individual learning needs by implementing a variety of industry-proven teaching methods and techniques.
  • To impart a general understanding of general social customs in the USA through our guidance, courses, social activities, and organized field trips.
  • To provide a safe, clean, and spacious learning facility, equipped with learning tools such as a computer lab to facilitate learning.
  • To adhere to the strictest principles of ethics in order to allow students the comfort and assurance of studying in a professional, ethical, and socially enriching environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to listen and comprehend naturally paced verbal descriptions
  • Read and comprehend college level textbooks and other academic materials
  • Speak clearly in a natural pace and be able to expand on diverse topics
  • Write a traditional western academic essay with minimal errors