English Language Learner Classes (ESL)

San Mateo Adult and Career Education's FREE ESL classes teach English vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking, reading, writing, and technical skills.

Spring classes will begin in January, 2022. Click on Orientation/Registration for more information.
Las clases de primavera comenzarán en enero de 2022. Haga clic en Orientación/Registro para más información.

IN ORDER TO ATTEND ESL CLASSES, YOU MUST HAVE A GMAIL ACCOUNT AND ACCESS TO ZOOM

For help to set these up check out these How-to-Get-Started videos:

ORIENTATION / REGISTRATION

Spring Semester 2022 is January 10 – April 22

New Students ESL Registration/Orientation is a 2 day IN-PERSON process. You must attend BOTH dates listed. Orientation dates are offered in the morning or evening.

Be on time. It is “First Come, First Served” policy

Returning Students (who attended class between May 2020 to July 2021) contact: SMAS_ESLinfo@smuhsd.org with the following information: your name, student identification, date of birth and the time preference to attend the ESL class.

Orientation & Registration Sessions 
Morning

Monday, December 6 and Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Lunes, 6 de diciembre y martes, 7 de diciembre, 2021

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9:00 am

Wednesday, December 8 and Thursday, December 9, 2021
Miércoles, 8 de diciembre y jueves, 9 de diciembre, 2021

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9:00 am

Monday, December 13 and Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Lunes, 13 de diciembre y martes 14 de diciembre , 2021

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9:00 am

Tuesday, January 4 and Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Martes, 4 de enero y miércoles, 5 de enero, 2022

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9:00 am

Wednesday, January 5 and Thursday, January 6, 2022
Miércoles, 5 de enero y jueves, 6 de enero, 20222

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9:00 am

Orientation & Registration Sessions 
Evening

Monday, December 6 and Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Lunes, 6 de diciembre y martes, 7 de diciembre, 2021

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6:00 pm

Wednesday, December 8 and Thursday, December 9, 2021
Miércoles, 8 de diciembre y jueves, 9 de diciembre, 2021

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6:00 pm

Monday, December 13 and Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Lunes, 13 de diciembre y martes 14 de diciembre , 2021

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6:00 pm

Tuesday, January 4 and Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Martes, 4 de enero y miércoles, 5 de enero, 2022

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6:00 pm

Wednesday, January 5 and Thursday, January 6, 2022
Miércoles, 5 de enero y jueves, 6 de enero, 20222

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6:00 pm

ESL CLASS DAYS AND TIMES
Classes include hybrid, online, and Hybrid Model (combination of in-person and online)

Classes at San Mateo Adult and Career Education
789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401
FREE
Hybrid Model (combination of in-person and online)

Morning Classes

9:00am – 12:00pm
Mon – Fri
All skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking
Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced

Afternoon Classes

12:30pm – 3:30pm
Mon – Fri
Listening, and speaking
Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced

Evening Classes

6:30pm – 9:30pm
Mon – Thu
All skills: reading, writing listening, and speaking
Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced
Classes at First Baptist Church (San Bruno)
1005 Crystal Springs Rd, San Bruno, CA 94066
FREE
Hybrid Model (combination of in-person and online)

Morning Classes

9:00am – 12:00pm
Mon / Wed / Fri – onlineTue/Thu – in person
All skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking
Intermediate

Courses Offered

These classes focus on developing students’ reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in English. Vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation work are also incorporated. We offer seven levels of all-skills classes, both morning and evening. There is an assessment of reading, writing and listening/speaking ability to determine placement.

These classes are offered five afternoons per week and placement is based on an assessment of speaking and listening comprehension. The focus is on development of listening comprehension and verbal ability.

All Levels Welcome

Open only to students who are currently registered in ESL classes.

For more information contact
tmarlowe@smuhsd.org

HYBRID
  • Mon-Wed-Fri 12:00pm – 1:00pm online
  • Tue-Thu 12:00pm – 1:00pm in-person
  • Drop In
  • FREE

One-to-one instruction for students who cannot attend regular classes.

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, Contact Marina Kravtsova for more information

SMAS_ESLinfo@smuhsd.org

Cost: FREE

READING PLUS self-paced online reading program

Helps students increase their fluency and reading comprehension. Enrollment in Reading Plus requires a weekly two hour commitment.

  • Are you ready for a new job?
  • Do you need help creating a resume, cover letter or completing a job application?
  • Are you curious about the typical annual salary for a specific career?
  • Do you need help navigating Linked In, Indeed and other job websites?

These questions and many others will be answered twice a week in our virtual career classroom during an exciting 10 week course offered by San Mateo Adult & Career Education. The course begins with an aptitude test that explores student interests and key personality traits. Then students will have the opportunity to research different careers and their educational and skill requirements. Finally, students will be able to engage in the entire job search process with expert guidance on every step.  See you in the job market!

Not Available spring 2022

CITIZENSHIP

Course focuses on basic English, U.S. history and government. Students will practice for the oral interview and writing for the citizenship test. Open entry – enroll anytime. Classes are FREE.

ONLINE ONLY

Afternoon: Tue & Thu / Start time 12:30pm – Instructor: Chen

Evening: Mon & Wed / Start time 7:00pm – Instructor: Chen

A writing assessment is required for new students. First two writing classes on 8/31 & 9/2 are in-person , all other class dates will be held online.
For information contact: SMAS_ESLinfo@smuhsd.org

WRITING BASICS

This class is for students who want to improve their basic skills in writing. We start at the sentence level and move to paragraphs, reviewing verb tense, word order, word form, word choice, connecting words, prepositions and articles. We also focus on effective punctuation. The class is intended for ESL students at High Beginning or above, as well as students in the GED and High School Diploma programs.

Instructor: Tom

  • Tue & Thu
  • 8/31 – 12/9
  • 1:00-4:00 pm
  • FREE
WRITING intermediate

This is a continuation of the writing basics class for students who want to improve their writing skills. We take a closer look at sentence structure and paragraphs, reviewing verb tense, word order, word form, word choice, connecting words, prepositions and articles. We also focus on effective punctuation. The class is suitable for ESL students at High Intermediate and above, as well as students in the GED and High School Diploma programs.

Instructor: Hernandez

  • Tue & Thu
  • 8/31 – 12/9
  • 1:00-4:00 pm
  • FREE
Academic WRITING

This class is intended for Low and High Advanced ESL, High School Diploma, and GED students who are preparing to attend community college. The curriculum focuses on academic writing for students who have mastered writing basic sentences and are ready to move onto paragraphs and essays. In this class, you will review basic paragraph structure, acquire academic vocabulary, brainstorm ideas, learn to organize your thoughts, and write and revise your work. Commitment to attend all classes is highly recommended.

Instructor: Sparks

  • Tue & Thu
  • 8/31 – 12/9
  • 1:00-4:00 pm
  • FREE
San Mateo Adult & Career Education offers pronunciation classes through the College of San Mateo

ESL 888: Pronunciation of English Stress, Rhythm and Intonation
(offered in Fall semester)

ESL 887: Pronunciation of English Consonants and Vowels
(offered in Spring semester)

How to Enroll

These classes are open to ESL students at the High Intermediate level or above, taught by CSM faculty, Professor Todd Windisch. It is a 3-unit, fee-based college class offered for $138 ($46 per unit, dependent on immigration and California residency status). Financial aid may be available. There are 3-6 hours of homework per week and attendance is mandatory.

For questions please contact Patty Villar at pvillar@smuhsd.org.

How-to get started videos

How to create a new Gmail account

Instalar Aplicacion Zoom en celular Android y PC escritorio

Using Zoom app on mobile (Chinese)

Questions?

Contact ESL Coordinator Patricia Brown

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