English Learning Center (ELC)

"Everywhere I go I'm asked if the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher." -Flannery O'Connor

Fremont Campus ELC Hours, Location, Telephone

  • Spring and Fall Semester Hours
    • Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 3:00pm, 5:00pm - 8:30pm
    • Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Saturday, Sunday, Holidays and Breaks: Closed
  • Summer Term Hour
  • Building 3, fifth floor, room 3509
  • (510) 659-6087

(Schedule is subject to change without notice.)

For information about serving as a tutor, tutor training, and additional learning centers and labs, see Tutoring Services.

Hyman Hall.

ELC Services

Self-paced English Courses

These classes are designed to help you improve your skills in vocabulary, learning techniques, spelling, reading, and/or reading speed. Working at your own pace and carefully following written directions, you will come to the ELC lab to complete your assignments over the course of the semester. Staff will be available to answer questions, sign off on completed work, and periodically check your progress.

  • English 172 Vocabulary
  • English 173 Learning Techniques
  • English 174 Spelling
  • English 175 Reading Comprehension
  • Enlgish 176 Rapid Reading

Course descriptions for English classes are available in the Ohlone College Catalog under Courses Descriptions.

Tutoring Services

  • Free English tutoring - students can sign-up at the ELC front desk for a weekly English tutoring appointment
  • Drop-In English Tutoring
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation groups
  • Limited English tutoring available in NC1105.

ConferZoom Tutoring Process

  1. Go to the English Learning Center Tutoring course in Canvas to receive tutoring.
  2. Click on ConferZoom on the left menu
  3. If an instructor is scheduled, join that session
  4. The instructor will guide you to fill the Tutoring Session Form (this is mandatory).
  5. DO NOT SUBMIT this form until your session is over. Keep this form open during your session.
  6. When your tutoring session is over, fill in the “Time Out” information and click Submit.

Embedded Tutor (ET)

An Embedded Tutor (ET) is a tutor assigned to work with a specific class. ET sessions are regularly scheduled, out of class group tutoring sessions. In addition, limited one-on-one tutoring is sometimes provided depending on student needs. The ET tutor works closely with the instructor and students, to provide tutoring and develop study skills.

Foreign Languages

Please go to the ELC at the Fremont campus Building 3, fifth floor, room 3509 to inquire about the current availability of foreign language tutors and hours.

ELC Employment Opportunities

Students interested in applying for an English tutoring position or a clerk position, contact Mary Fontanilla at (510) 659-6087 or mfontanilla@ohlone.edu for more information.

All tutors can enroll in a tutor training class. See information at Serving as a Tutor.

Staff for the ELC

Name Contact
Rakesh Swamy
ELC Coordinator
Jackie Dumont
Instructional Assistants
Mary Fontanilla
Brotati Guha
Wen Kuang
Computer Support Technician