Learn English at LACC

Learn English at LACC

Los Angeles City College offers two ESL (English as a Second Language) programs: Credit ESL and Non-Credit ESL. Please read the descriptions below to find the right fit for you.


Credit ESL

Students in Graduation Event

Credit ESL classes prepare students for academic studies and career advancement. Credit ESL can help you:

  • Develop academic skills needed for success in American college classrooms
  • Complete a two-year A.A. or A.S. degree at Los Angeles City College
  • Transfer to a four-year university or enter a graduate program
  • Earn college credit which can be transferred to CSU and UC schools
  • Obtain a certificate in a professional or technical field 
  • Prepare for the GED, the TOEFL, and other tests 
  • Feel confident in your ability to effectively communicate in written and spoken English

Students enrolling in the Credit ESL Program may qualify for the following benefits:

  • Tuition and fee waivers
  • Grants and scholarships
  • Book waivers and loans
  • Work study programs
  • Childcare services

Credit ESL at LACC

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Noncredit ESL

Parents in Graduation Event

Noncredit ESL classes help students improve their general English skills. Noncredit ESL can help you:

  • Improve overall English skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking)
  • Develop the language needed for daily life (citizenship, medical care, parent-teacher conferences, employment, etc.)
  • Understand American culture, customs, and public services
  • Build skills to prepare for Credit ESL classes, GED classes, and Citizenship classes

Students enrolling in the Noncredit ESL Program receive the following benefits:

  • Noncredit ESL classes give grades (P/SP/NP) that can be used to earn vocational certificates for employment and careers
  • Noncredit ESL courses are repeatable, open entry and open exit
  • No residency requirement
  • Free

Noncredit ESL at LACC