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ESL (English as a Second Language)

Overview of ESL

Coastline's English as a Second Language (ESL) department provides a specialized English program for foreign-born or bilingual students who need to improve their skills in speaking, comprehending, reading, or writing the English language.

The program is recommended for adults preparing for other college courses, college degrees, and vocational training programs, and it is suitable for those who want to improve their English skills for employment. Units for some ESL courses transfer to the Cal State University (CSU) system.

The ESL program includes both classroom and individualized computer-assisted instruction for students of all language backgrounds.


The headquarters for the ESL program is at Coastline's Le-Jao Center (14120 All American Way, Westminster, California 92683).


Those who want to take ESL classes should call the ESL office ( 714-431-3601 ) at the Le-Jao Center to make an appointment to participate in the assessment process to determine appropriate placement. The assessment instrument used for ESL placement is Accuplacer ESL Test. It is not a "pass or fail" test. It is used, along with other measures, to help students choose appropriate courses for enrollment. The test is administered online at the Le-Jao Center, and students usually complete it in 1 to 1.5 hours. Please bring a photo I.D. (such as a driver's license or passport).

Potential international students applying for student visas should contact the International Student Program at (714) 241-6141 ( ) for application and registration information.

Educational Facilities

The ESL program headquarters at the Le-Jao Center includes classrooms and laboratories with internet access and equipped with the latest software. Textbooks, software, and other teaching materials used in the ESL program are updated every semester.

Educational Programs

Specialized classes for students from beginning to high-advanced proficiency levels are offered through Coastline's ESL department. Some advanced-level courses transfer to the CSU system. Students may choose either of the following options:

  1. THE INTENSIVE PROGRAM: ESL classes from 8 am to 2:30 pm two days per week (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday). Courses focus on grammar, reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking. Students earn twelve units of college credit per semester.
  2. INDIVIDUAL ESL CLASSES: Students may choose individual day or evening ESL classes offering from four to eight hours of instruction per week.

Class Schedule

Day and evening ESL classes are offered at the Le-Jao Center ( NOTE: these classes are offered every semester):

The schedule at the Le-Jao Center (14120 All American Way, Westminster, CA) is as follows:

DAYTIME: Each class is offered at six (6) levels (beginning to high-advanced):

Le Jao Center ESL Schedule: Daytime Classes

Class Time of Day Days of Week Units
Grammar, Reading, and Writing 8am - 12:15pm M/W or T/Th 8 units
Listening & Conversation 12:20pm - 2:25pm M/W or T/Th 4 units

EVENING: Each class is offered at five (5) levels (beginning to advanced):

Le Jao Center ESL Schedule: Evening Classes

Class Time of Day Days of Week Units
Listening and Conversation 6:30pm - 8:30pm M/W 4 units
Grammar, Reading, and Writing 5:40pm - 9:35pm T/Th 8 units

Please call (714) 431-3601 or (714) 241-6184, ext. 17409 for current schedule information. Staff members speak Vietnamese and Spanish.

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