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ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

I want to take ESOL classes at Laney College

Why study English at Laney College? 

We have classes at all different levels, from Basic English to Advanced, and they are all offered for either credit or non-credit (free).

We have a lot of different classes: 
English for the University
Prepare to transfer to a 4-year university

English for Work
Learn to talk and communicate with customers, supervisors and employers.  Also learn how to get a new job.

English for Family, Fun and Life
Help important people in your life, discover the world around you and become an independent learner.

We have classes morning, afternoon, evening or 100% on your own time: 

Because of the coronavirus, most of our classes in Summer and Fall 2021 are online. However,  a lot of our teachers will meet you and teach you with Zoom and videos on schedule, so you will almost feel like you’re in the classroom at Laney. There are also classes that are 100% on your own time.  

ESOL 261 / 561 (noncredit) - Listening/Speaking 1 MW 9:00-11:00 am
ESOL 262 / 562 (noncredit) - Listening/Speaking 2 MTTh 6:00-8:50 pm
ESOL 271 / 571 (noncredit) - Grammar 1 MTh 9:00-10:30 am
ESOL 272 / 572 (noncredit) - Grammar 2 MTh 9:00-11:00 am
ESOL 286 / 586 (noncredit) - English for Job Search TTh 9:00-10:50 am
ESOL 534A (noncredit) - English for Technology MWF 9:00-10:45 am
ESOL 541A (noncredit) - Bridge to Credit I (Basic English) MTTh 9:00-11:00 W  9:00-10:30 (tech)

Reading and Writing 1 - ESOL 251A / 251B / 511 (NOCR)
41330 / 41366 / 43384 M 6:00PM - 8:50PM
41331 / 41367 / 43385 T 10:00AM - 11:50AM
41332 / 43261 T 1:30PM - 4:30PM
43260 / 43262 M 9:00AM - 10:50AM
Reading and Writing 2 - ESOL 252A / 252B / 512 (NOCR)
41312 / 41348 / 43388 M 6:00PM - 8:00PM
41313 / 41349 / 43389 M 1:30PM - 4:45PM (begins 09/07)
41314 / 41350 / 43390 T 9:30AM - 10:45AM
41315 / 41351 / 43391 M 9:30AM - 11:00AM
Reading and Writing 3 - ESOL 253 / 513 (NOCR)
43253 / 43392 M 6:00PM - 8:50PM
43254 / 43393 T 1:30PM - 3:20PM
43255 / 43394 M 9:30AM - 11:30AM
Advanced Reading and Writing - ESOL 52 / 552 (NOCR)
43054 / 43457 ONLINE
43055 / 43458 T 9:30AM - 10:45AM
43056 / 43459 MFr 8:00AM - 9:50AM
Listening and Speaking 1 - ESOL 261A / 261B / 561 (NOCR)
41322 / 41358 / 43275 M 8:00AM - 9:50AM
41323 / 41359 / 43276 W 6:00PM - 7:50PM
41324 / 41360 / 43277 T 10:00AM - 11:50AM
Listening and Speaking 2 - ESOL 262A / 262B / 562 (NOCR)
41316 / 41352 / 43278 M 10:00AM - 11:50AM
41317 / 41353 / 43279 M 6:00PM - 7:30PM
41318 / 41354 / 43280 T 8:00AM - 9:30AM
41319 / 41355 / 43281 T 1:30PM - 3:20PM
Listening and Speaking 3 - ESOL 263A / 263B / 563 (NOCR)
41320 / 41356 / 43417 M 10:00AM - 11:15AM
43416 / 41357 / 43418 T 10:00AM - 11:50AM
Advanced Listening and Speaking - ESOL 50A / 550 (NOCR)
41696 / 43401 Fr 9:30AM - 11:30AM
Grammar 1 - ESOL 271A / 271B / 571 (NOCR)
41326 / 41362 / 43283 M 10:00AM - 11:50AM
41327 / 41363 / 43284 T 1:30PM - 3:00PM
41328 / 41364 / 43285 T 6:00PM - 7:30PM
41329 / 41365 / 43286 T 8:00AM - 9:50AM
Grammar 2 - ESOL 272A / 272B / 572 (NOCR)
41307 / 41340 / 43288 M 10:00AM - 11:50AM
41308 / 41341 / 43289 T 1:30PM - 3:00PM
43287 / 41342 / 43290 T 6:00PM - 7:50PM
41309 / 41531 / 43291 M 1:30PM - 3:20PM
Grammar 3 - ESOL 273A / 273B / 573 (NOCR)
41335 / 41343 / 43422 M 10:00AM - 11:50AM
41336 / 41344 / 43423 Th 6:00PM - 8:15PM (begins 9/7)
43421 / 41345 / 43424 T 1:30PM - 3:20PM
Grammar 4 - ESOL 274A / 574 (NOCR)
41310 / 43460 W 10:00AM - 11:50AM
41311 / 43461 T 1:30PM - 3:45PM (begins 9/7)
Basic English - Level I - ESOL 541A (NOCR) - In-person at Laney!
42693 MWTh 9:00AM - 11:20AM (8/23 - 10/15)
43792 TWTH 6:00PM - 8:45PM
42698 MWTh 9:00AM - 11:20AM (10/18 - 12/10)
Basic English - Level II - ESOL 541B (NOCR)
42694 MWTh 9:00AM - 11:20AM (8/23 - 10/15)
43503 MWTh 9:00AM - 11:20AM (10/18 - 12/10)
Basic English - Level III - ESOL 541C (NOCR)
42712 MWF 9:00AM - 10:50AM (8/23 - 10/15)
Basic English - Level IV - ESOL 541D (NOCR)
42713 MWF 9:00AM - 10:50AM (10/18 - 12/10)
College Ready Skills - ESOL 295A / 295B / 595A (NOCR) / 595B (NOCR)
43464 / 43466 / 43476 / 43480 Fr 12:00PM - 2:00PM (8/30 - 10/15)
43465 / 43467 / 43477 / 43481 Fr TBA (8/30 - 10/15)
41883 / 41885 / 43478 / 43482 Fr 12:00PM - 1:45PM (10/18 - 12/10)
41884 / 41886 / 43479 / 43483 Fr TBA (10/18 - 12/10)
College Ready Skills - ESOL 295C / 295D / 595C (NOCR) / 595D (NOCR)
43468 / 43472 / 43484 / 43488 Fr 12:00PM - 2:00PM (8/30 - 10/15)
43469 / 43473 / 43485 / 43489 Fr TBA (8/30 - 10/15)
43470 / 43474 / 43486 / 43490 Fr 12:00PM - 1:45PM (8/30 - 10/15)
43471 / 43475 / 43487 / 43491 Fr TBA (10/18 - 12/10)
English for Technology 1 - ESOL 534A (NOCR)
42775 MWFr 9:00AM - 10:50AM (8/2 - 10/8)
Business English - ESOL 283 / 583
43257 / 43395 Th 10:00AM - 11:20AM
English for Job Search - ESOL 286 / 586 (NOCR)
41306 / 43292 TBA
ESOL for Customer Service - ESOL 287 / 587 (NOCR)
41305 / 43462 W 10:00AM - 11:20AM
43256 / 43463 Th 6:00PM - 7:20PM
Intermediate Reading & Writing Workshop - ESOL 257A / 557A (NOCR)
43369 / 43396 Th 1:30PM - 3:20PM (8/30 - 10/15)
44370 / 43397 TBA (8/30 - 10/15)
Intermediate Reading & Writing Workshop - ESOL 257B / 557B (NOCR)
41930 / 43380 Th 1:30PM - 3:20PM (10/18 - 12/10)
41933 / 43381 TBA (10/18 - 12/10)
Intermediate Reading & Writing Workshop - ESOL 257C / 557C (NOCR)
43378 / 43398 Th 1:30PM - 3:20PM (8/30 - 10/15)
43379 / 43400 TBA (8/30 - 10/15)
Intermediate Reading & Writing Workshop - ESOL 257D / 557D (NOCR)
41952 / 43382 Th 1:30PM - 3:20PM (10/18 -12/10)
41953 / 43383 TBA (10/18 -12/10)
Advanced Reading and Writing Workshop - ESOL 259A / 559A (NOCR)
41967 / 43410 Fr 10:00AM - 11:50AM (8/30 - 10/15)
41968 / 43411 TBA (08/30 - 10/15)
Advanced Reading and Writing Workshop - ESOL 259B / 559B (NOCR)
41969 / 43412 Fr 10:00AM - 11:50AM (10/18 - 12/10)
41970 / 43413 TBA (10/18 - 12/10)
Advanced Reading and Writing Workshop - ESOL 259C / 559C (NOCR)
41929 / 43533 Fr 10:00AM - 11:50AM (8/30 - 10/15)
41934 / 43502 TBA (8/30 - 10/15
Advanced Reading and Writing Workshop - ESOL 259D / 559D (NOCR)
41931 / 43414 Fr 10:00AM - 11:50AM (10/18 - 12/10)
41935 / 43415 TBA (10/18 - 12/10)

Who can study English at Laney College? 

Anyone can.  We have students from all around the world. Some have recently arrived, some international students stay for a short time, and some students have lived here for a long time. They are from ages 16 to 96!

How do I get started? 

Find out more about our courses here.
Do you want to take free, Basic English classes? Apply for Basic English classes.
Do you want to take college-level classes? Apply to the college here.

If you are ready to take credit classes, you can find your level in our

Guided Self-Placement

Need help with your application and getting a student ID? 
Email the Laney ESOL Coach: laneyesol@peralta.edu.

For all other questions about the Laney ESOL department, contact
David Mitchell
ESOL Department Chair
Email: djmitchell@peralta.edu