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Welcome to the English & ESL Department

The English & ESL Department at Los Angeles City College offers a variety of transfer-level courses in literature, composition, creative writing, and linguistics. 

The Credit ESL (English as a Second Language) Program offers low-intermediate through advanced classes for non-native speakers of English.


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The Citadel - 2024 is now accepting submissions!

The Citadel is a creative literary journal published by the English & ESL Department at Los Angeles City College. We are now accepting submissions from LACC students as well as the community at large for our 2024 edition. We want your best prose and poetry.

Here are our 2024 Submission Guidelines. The guidelines include information about how to submit, what you can submit, and rules for non-LACC submitters.

Submissions are open until June 15th. For more information, email: @email.

The Citadel

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Composition Courses

The English & ESL Department offers the general education English courses you need to earn an associate degree as well as to transfer to a four-year bachelor's program. To learn more about English 101, 102, and 103, visit this page.

Transfer-Level Composition Courses


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Flexible Schedules

We offer a variety of courses to meet the needs of our students: 

  • In-person classes at our LACC campus 

  • Remote synchronous classes on Zoom 

  • Asynchronous classes with instruction on Canvas 

Students can attend face-to-face or online classes that are scheduled for every day of the week, except Sundays, and from as early as 8:00AM until 10:00PM.

Schedule of Classes 


Writing Support for All Students 

The Writing Support Center, located in AD 100, provides assistance to all writers on campus, in every subject, at any stage of the writing process. The ESL Lab in JH 318 serves students enrolled in ESL classes at LACC.

Writing Support Center


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LACC Creative Writing Club (CWC)

Created by Student Writers for Student Writers!

The CWC is a safe, welcoming, creative space where writers can get feedback on their writing, meet other writers, and strengthen their creativity. For Spring 2024, we will meet every Friday from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM in Jefferson Hall 315 starting Feb. 23rd.

  • Share work with others
  • Snacks
  • Creative writing activities
  • Mingle

For more info, contact Faculty Advisor, John Lynch:

Creative Writing Program


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

All freshman students are required to take one of the following composition courses: ENG 101, ENG 101z, or ESL 110. It is recommended that students take these courses in their first semester. To prepare for transfer to a UC or CSU, students must also take either ENG 102 or ENG 103 depending on their major and/or transfer school.

For students interested in an English degree, we offer both an Associate in Arts (AA) and an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T). The AA-T guarantees acceptance into a Cal State School. We also offer Certificates of Achievement in Creative Writing and Linguistics.

We offer a number of scholarship awards to students taking English or credit ESL coursework. As for employment opportunities, we encourage students with excellent core writing skills to consider applying to work at our Writing Support Center; the application can be found here.

In addition to our transfer-level composition courses, we offer a number of exciting creative writing, literature, linguistics, and credit ESL classes. Many are offered on a rotating basis, and you can find out when we’re offering a class by contacting our department.

Our faculty includes professors who have published poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and critical work, award-winning screenwriters, and linguistics experts. Their bios are available on our English Faculty and Staff page and our Credit ESL Faculty and Staff page.

An expertise in languages, critical thinking, reading, and writing is critical to all college paths. When you pursue and complete an English or Linguistics degree a number of career opportunities become available, from advertising director, to screenwriter, to corporate copywriter, to college professor! For more information about salary, growth, and careers, visit our English, Creative WritingLinguistics (English / ESL) and Linguistics (Modern Languages)  Pathways pages.

Students are encouraged to submit their creative writing to The Citadel, LACC's longstanding literary journal. Since 1962, The Citadel has published creative work by students and has fostered community growth and engagement. Students are also welcome to submit original creative work to the English & ESL Department's Annual Writing Contest. The English & ESL Department also facilitates a speaker series, The LACC Book Program, which brings notable writers and scholars to campus to interact with students and engage with topical issues.

Get Help on Zoom

For students not on our LACC campus, we invite you to log into Zoom to ask us any questions you may have about our program, classes, and services.

Mondays to Fridays: 8:30AM to 11:00AM and 1:00PM to 3:00PM

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Mission Statement

The LACC English and ESL Department is committed to educating our diverse student population and preparing them for the multifaceted challenges of today’s world through methods of critical thinking, reading and writing.

English & ESL Department

Office Hours and Location

Mondays to Thursdays: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Fridays to Sundays: Closed

Our department is located on the 3rd floor of Jefferson Hall in room JH 301.



Jeffrey M. Nishimura, Department Chair
Email: @email
Phone: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2706

The Chair usually attends meetings in the afternoon, so please call before you come.

Jasminee Haywood-Daley, Secretary
Email: @email
Phone: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2700