English Language Learner Classes (ESL)

San Mateo Adult and Career Education's FREE ESL classes teach English vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking, 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 24th. You will be contacted by your teacher with more information about your class.

Check the website after August 17th for more information.


San Mateo Adult School Main Campus

789 E. Poplar Ave

Morning Classes: 8:45am – 12:00pm
Mon / Tue / Wed / Thu / Fri

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

Afternoon Classes: 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Mon / Tue / Wed / Thu / Fri

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

Evening Classes: 6:25pm – 9:35pm
Mon / Tue / Wed / Thu

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

Cost: FREE

San Bruno First Baptist Church

All Students Register in Class
1005 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno
Call (650) 558-2100 for more information

Morning Classes: 8:45am – 12:00pm
Mon / Tue / Wed / Thu / Fri
Beginning and Intermediate

Cost: FREE

Courses Offered

These three-hour 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.

Register in Class Anytime – All Levels Welcome

All levels welcome. Learn at your own speed. Study with special software to improve listening/speaking/pronunciation. Learn basic computer skills and typing. Open to students who are currently registered in ESL classes.

San Mateo Adult & Career Education
  • Room 24
  • Mon-Fri 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Drop In
  • FREE
Learn English at Home

In Distance Learning you meet with a teacher once a week to borrow DVDs and get special homework to study at home or sign up for Online Learning.

Cost: FREE
Call for an appointment: (650) 558-2128

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
6:00pm to 9:30pm
Wed 8:30am – 12:00pm 12:00pm to 12:30pm Green Team
12:30pm to 1:00pm Closed, 1:00pm to 4:30pm
5:30pm to 9:30pm
Thu 8:30am – 12:00pm 12:00pm to 12:30pm – Closed
12:30pm to 4:00pm – Class in Session
5:30pm to 9:30pm
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, either at home, or at the Adult School.


To register, students must meet with a teacher for an initial assessment. For more information please contact the registrar, Marina Kravtsova (650) 558-2105.


Attend one or more of these workshops that cover the necessary skills for job search in the U.S. Topics include resumes, cover letters, online profiles, networking, interviewing, and how to communicate skills and experience. A Gmail
account is required.

San Mateo Adult School
  • Room 21
  • Tue
  • Dates to be determined (TBD)
  • 12:30pm – 3:30pm
  • FREE
Workshops Schedule
  • TBD – Introducing the Culture and Vocabulary of Job Search
  • TBD – Constructing and Delivering an Elevator Speech
  • TBD – STAR/ 3P Stories
  • TBD – Online Profiles and Networking/ Intro to Online Job Search
  • TBD – Writing a Resume, Part A
  • TBD – Writing a Resume, Part B**
  • TBD – Interview Skills: How to answer most common interview questions
  • TBD – Interview Practice: Mock interview practices – telephone and in-person

** Resume Writing requires two (2) workshop sessions. Resume Writing Part A is a prerequisite to Resume Writing Part B. 


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.

San Mateo Adult School – Room 40

Afternoon: Tue & Thu / 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Afternoon: Wed & Fri / 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Evening: Mon & Wed / 6:25pm – 9:35pm


This class is for students who want to improve their basic skills in writing. We start at the sentence level with simple sentences and move to compound and complex sentences. We also work on basic paragraph structure — topic sentence, supporting and concluding sentences. 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.

San Mateo Adult School

Beginning – Room 45

  • Tue & Thu
  • Dates TBD
  • 12:30 – 3:30 pm
  • FREE

Intermediate – Room 41

  • Tue & Thu
  • Dates TBD
  • 12:30pm – 3:30pm
  • FREE
academic WRITING

This class is designed as a class for students 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. This class is intended for Low and High Advanced ESL students, as well as students in the GED and High School Diploma programs. Commitment to attend all classes is highly recommended.

San Mateo Adult School

Room 23

  • 036301
  • 1/21 – 4/23
  • Tue & Thu
  • Sparks
  • FREE

NOTE: A writing assessment will be given to all new students who want to attend one of the writing classes. Come for the assessment on Tuesday, 1/14 and Thursday, 1/16. to SMAS/Room 41, at 12:30 pm. Returning writing class students should check with their current teacher about which class they will attend.


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: $139 (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

Students must apply to the College at http://bit.ly/ApplytoCSM to enroll in this class. 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? See Patty Villar in room 28 on the San Mateo Adult School campus or email Kelsey Harrison at harrisonk@smccd.edu.

Tues & Thu
1/14 – 5/14
2:15pm – 1:30pm


Contact ESL Coordinator Patricia Brown

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