ESL Program

MiraCosta College offers credit and noncredit ESL classes.

General ESL

The noncredit ESL program offers seven levels of ESL instruction. Students take a CASAS placement test during registration and are placed in one of the seven levels based on their listening and reading skills. The program levels chart provides recommended entry level CASAS scores and descriptions for the seven levels of ESL instruction.

Career-Track ESL

MiraCosta College’s noncredit Career-Track ESL program at the Community Learning Center offers courses that will help you explore career options, prepare to get a job, improve your English skills for your current job, or prepare to study for a career.

Students may enroll in the afternoon course in which they practice English for getting a job, communicating in the workplace, working as part of a team, and completing important speaking, reading and writing tasks and projects related to work.

Students can study modules to help them gain vocabulary and reading skills in one of these in-demand career fields:


Citizenship instruction is offered in the Community Learning Lab. This open entry course allows you to have a flexible schedule and personalized instruction.

Friday and Saturday Classes

ESL students have the opportunity to enroll in Conversation classes on Fridays and Saturdays. There are two levels of English language instruction from 8:30 - 11:50 a.m.

ESL Learning Lab

Learn English in the Community Learning Lab. We have several ESL software programs to help you learn and improve your English.

Promising Practices

MiraCosta College Noncredit ESL received recognition from
the California Department of Education for five Promising Practices.