Announcement: Please contact counseling if you are unable to register in your ESL course.  We will be happy to assist you to try to determine the reason for the block.  You can email or call 510-659-6110 or 510-896-5177 to make a drop-in appointment with a counselor.

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The ESL Department at Ohlone College offers a variety of classes designed to prepare nonnative speakers of English for successful academic and professional careers, as well as to enhance their overall communication skills in English. The core of the program consists of four levels, and all courses can be taken for credit or noncredit, as explained on the ESL Courses page.   

Students may choose to take either transferable English courses or English as a Second Language Courses.  For placement in a regular transferable English course, go to English and Math Placement.  

If you are unsure whether to take ESL classes or English classes with native speakers in the English Department, we encourage you to visit ESL or English? What should I take?

If you are interested in taking classes in English as a Second Language, these are the steps we recommend that you follow:  

Step 1:  Apply to Ohlone College  

For noncredit courses only: Please complete the Noncredit Application. (This application process is easier than the credit application; we recommend that you begin with this one).

If you need help with the Noncredit application, contact

To understand the difference between credit and noncredit classes, please see Credit vs. Noncredit
For credit courses:  Please complete the California Community College Application--CCCApply  (This application process is longer.  If you have difficulties completing this application, you may start with the noncredit application, and the Counseling department can help you with the credit application after an ESL Orientation or in another application workshop).  

Step 2:  ESL Placement: What level should I choose?  

Please go to ESL Placement for more information and to choose the right level of courses for you.  

Step 3:  ESL Orientation

Here is the Schedule for ESL Orientations.  You can reserve a seat at an ESL Orientation by following the instructions at the link, entering your student ID number, etc.    

If you are not able to attend an orientation, please see the ESL Orientation Presentation for more information.  Contact Counseling if you have questions.  

Step 4:  Register for classes

It is strongly recommended that you attend an ESL Orientation.  If you attend, you will receive help with this process.  

Students will need to set up an Ohlone account in order to register for classes.  Please refer to What is MyOhlone for information about how to set up an account and register for classes.   

If you have questions and/or need help, please contact Counseling.  You can email or call 510-659-6110 or 510-896-5177 to make a drop-in appointment with a counselor.

Step 5:  Pay for classes

Noncredit courses: tuition is Free.
Credit courses: Please refer to Fees/Tuition  for information.

Step 6:  Attend classes

Most ESL classes will be offered in person on the Fremont Campus in Spring 2022.  Please check the current schedule of ESL classes carefully to see where each class meets.  In Spring 2022, only our two evening classes, Reading/Writing Levels 2 and 4, will be offered remotely, online but live, through Zoom. 

To enter an online class, please follow the directions in these documents: 
1. How to log in to CANVAS (using the same log-in information as your Ohlone account)
2. How to take classes through ConferZoom.