English as a Second Language (ESL)


Hello and welcome to the English as a Second Language Program at MiraCosta College. My name is Mary Gross, Department Chair of the ESL Department. Our credit ESL program is designed to  meet the needs of non-native English speakers as they transition to college level coursework. We offer courses in academic reading, writing, grammar, and listening speaking. All of our courses target the academic skills that college professors report are most critical for success in a college or university setting.

The first step is to complete a free application. You can do this online by going to MiraCosta’s website at www.miracosta.edu and click on “Information for New Students.” You can complete the application online. Once your application is processed, you will receive your student identification number known as a Surf ID. Once you have this, you can access the online “Surf” enrollment website and enroll in classes. We also recommend that students who are California Residents visit the Financial Aid Website and complete an application for a Fee Waiver. If you qualify, you will not be required to pay tuition for attendance.

We look forward to welcoming you to our program and helping you reach your goals. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me at 760.757.2121 x6586.

Hola y bienvenidos al programa de ingles para los estudiantes de otras  lenguas. Mi nombre es Mary Gross y soy líder de programa ESL. Nuestro programa de crédito de ESL es diseñado para satisfacer las necesidades de los estudiantes que estudian para mejor transición a cursos de nivel universitario. Ofrecemos cursos académicos de lectura, escritura, hablar y escuchar en ingles. Todos los cursos que ofrecemos son importantes para el éxito en tu futura profesión y vida de estudiante en cursos superiores.

Lo primero es completar el formulario gratuito. Ustedes pueden encontrar en nuestro website www.miracosta.edu y selecciona La Información para Nuevos Estudiantes. Y después, cuando tu aplicación es completa, enviarla. Y cuando tengamos tu información, te mandaremos tu número de identificación, que se conoce como Surf ID, lo cual te servirá para registrarte a  las clases. También nos gustaría informar a los residentes de California buscar ayuda en nuestras oficinas de financiamiento para completar una aplicación para que puedas recibir ayuda económica.

Nos encantaría tenerte en nuestro programa y alcanzar tus sueños.

Learn more about the Credit ESL Program and hear from our own faculty, staff, and students.

The Credit ESL Program focuses on providing advanced skill development and College Academic Preparation to students whose first language is other than English.  Our program provides students with the tools and techniques they need to reach their goals, whether they be academic preparation, workplace improvement, or personal enrichment. Our composition courses, ESL149 and ESL150, are CSU/UC transferable and prepare students for the writing demands of the workplace and college settings.

Credit ESL is designed for students who:

Currently, we offer six credit courses in English for non-native speakers. Our two writing classes, ESL 149 and 150, develop composing skills necessary for advancement to English 100. In addition, we offer a Listening & Speaking Skills course (ESL 20), a Reading & Vocabulary Development course (ESL 30), and two English Grammar courses (ESL 40 and ESL 80). We also offer multiple sections of English 100 that are specially designed to meet the needs of ESL/multilingual students. Please visit the Course Catalog for further information.  Classes are offered morning, afternoons, and evenings.

Our faculty's mission is your success! We work to provide you with the tools and techniques you will need to reach your goals whether they be academic preparation, workplace improvement, or personal enrichment.

Although all our classes are open to students (except ESL 150 which requires completion of ESL 149 or placement test score), students new to our program are advised to complete a matriculation process when they apply to attend or first enroll in classes. This process includes taking the ESL Assessment which directs students to the appropriate level of classes.

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