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.

Fall 2020 information

Registration for new students will happen in September. More information will be coming soon. Check the website for updates.

Classes begin August 31st. You will be contacted by your teacher with more information about your class.

Check the website after August 31st for more information.



San Mateo Adult School


Morning Classes: Start time 9:00am
Mon / Tue / Wed / Thu / Fri

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced
All Skills: Reading, writing, listening, and speaking

Afternoon Classes: Start time 12:30pm
Mon / Tue / Wed / Thu / Fri

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced
Conversation, job search, writing, and pronunciation

Evening Classes: Start time 7:00pm
Mon / Tue / Wed / Thu

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced
All Skills: Reading, writing, listening, and speaking

Cost: FREE

San Bruno


Morning Classes: Start time 9:00am
Mon / Tue / Wed / Thu / Fri
Beginning and Intermediate

Cost: FREE

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 email tmarlowe@smuhsd.org.

  • Mon-Fri 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Drop In
  • FREE

One-on-one studies with an instructor by appointment only with an optional one time per week group chat via Zoom.
Available Monday-Friday in the morning and afternoon and some evenings.

Cost: FREE

Mon 8:30am – 12:00pm 12:00pm to 12:30pm – Lunch Bunch: Open Conversation Practice
12:30pm to 1:00pm – Closed
5:00pm to 9:30pm
Tue 8:30am – 12:00pm 12:00pm to 12:30pm – Closed
12:30pm to 1:00pm – Open Info – Everyone welcome
1:00pm to 1:30pm – Information about Distance Learning
Wed 8:30am – 12:00pm 12:00pm to 12:30pm Green Team
12:30pm to 1:00pm Closed, 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Thu 8:30am – 12:00pm 12:00pm to 12:30pm – Closed
12:30pm to 4:00pm – Class in Session
Fri 8:30am – 12:00pm 12:00pm to 12:30pm – Lunch Bunch
12:30pm to 1:00pm – Closed
1:00pm to 3:00pm – Class in Session
self-paced online reading program

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


To register, students must meet with a teacher for an initial assessment. For more information please contact the registrar, Marina Kravtsova at mkravtsova@smuhsd.org.

  • 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!

  • Monday & Wednesdays evenings
  • Classes begin September 21 at 7 pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Contact SMAS_ESLinfo@smuhsd.org for more information

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.


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

Afternoon: Wed & Fri / Start time 12:30pm – Instructor: Aroyan

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


This class is for students who want to improve their basic skills in writing. We start at the sentence level and move to paragraphs. We review errors in 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 who are at High Beginning or above, as well as students in the GED and High School Diploma programs.


Intermediate – Instructor: Brown

  • Tue & Thu
  • Dates 9/8 – 12/10
  • Starts at 12:30pm
  • FREE


NOTE: A writing assessment is required for new students. For information contact Marina Kravtsova at mkravtsova@smuhsd.org.

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
  • Dates 9/8 – 12/10
  • Starts at 12:30 pm
  • FREE

NOTE: A writing assessment is required for new students. For information contact Marina Kravtsova at mkravtsova@smuhsd.org.


This San Mateo Adult School will offer a new Pronunciation class through the College of San Mateo: ESL 888 – Pronunciation

This class is open to ESL students at the High Intermediate level or above, taught by CSM faculty, Professor Todd Windisch. It is a 3 Unit college class, fee based: $138 (dependent on immigration and California residency status.) Financial aid may be available. Text book is $25. There are 3-6 hours of homework per week and attendance is mandatory.

How to Enroll

Registration for this class is open until September 1st. Students must apply to the College at http://bit.ly/ApplytoCSM to enroll. Once you have applied to the College, you will receive a student ID which will allow you to access your student account to register for the course.

Have questions or need assistance with the application process? Email Patty Villar at pvillar@smuhsd.org or Kelsey Harrison at harrisonk@smccd.edu.

Tues & Thu
12:15 – 1:30 pm


Contact ESL Coordinator Patricia Brown

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