English as a Second Language (ESL)

Classes are designed for adults who are learning English as their second language. Classes and schedules vary, with some during the day, and some in the evening. Class structures vary by school or agency with teacher-student interaction in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Many classes are open entry and open exit, which means you can start through out the year.

ESL classes offer instruction in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
These classes provide an introduction to U.S. culture and help prepare non English speaking students for the workplace or to transfer to Sierra College.

There are English Language Classes at many levels in several locations:

  • ESL Level 0 for students who do not speak any English
  • ESL Level 1 for beginning students who speak a little English
  • ESL Level 2 for beginning students who can speak, read and write some English
  • ESL Level 3 for intermediate students who have a basic understanding of English grammar
  • ESL Level 4 for intermediate students who can speak, read, understand and write a significant amount of English

Some classes combine 2 or more levels

  • ESL Bridge Class to prepare more advanced students for transfer to Sierra College.
  • Sierra College offers a free, non-credit beginning course in listening, speaking, reading, vocabulary, grammar and writing skills to prepare students for credit ESL courses.

Additional classes offered:
Prepare for the Citizenship Exam (students should be able to read, write and speak English at a basic level)
Community Based English (ESL instruction plus shows parents how to help their children in homework and study skills)

Classes are free and you can attend at any location:
Some ESL classes may require student orientation to help place and register students.
Please refer to the individual school website for more detailed information.

Agencies providing these services:

Nevada Union Adult Education
Services: English as a second language
12338 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949 View Map »
(530) 272-2643

Services: One-on-One individual tutoring
(530) 265-2116

Placer County Library PALS program
Conversation Clubs at Rocklin and Auburn Libraries
Services: One-on-one ESL instruction Levels 1 – 4
Contact: Angela Perron, Literacy Specialist
(530) 886-4530

Placer School for Adults
Services: ESL instruction in vocabulary development, grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
3775 Richardson Dr., Auburn, CA 95602 View Map »
(530) 885-8585

Roseville Adults School
Services: Citizenship Preparation; Distance Learning; Academic/Career Counseling.
200 Branstetter Street, Roseville CA 95678 View Map »
(916) 782-3952

Roseville Public Library
Conversation Clubs at Downtown Library, and Riley Library
Services: Levels 3 and 4 One-on-One Adult Basic Education
Contact: Penny Hineline, Literacy Librarian
(916) 774-5355

Sierra College – ESL
Services: Instruction at seven levels and covering: writing, reading , grammar, listening/speaking & basic computer vocabulary/skills
5000 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677 View Map »
(916) 660-8043

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Adult ESL Program
Services: ESL instruction in vocabulary development, grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
11603 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA View Map »
(530) 582-2500