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 2021 information

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:

NEW STUDENTS   ENROLL NOW

RETURNING STUDENTS
CONTACT: MARINA KRAVTSOVA
Email: SMAS_ESLinfo@smuhsd.org

CLASS LOCATIONS AND HOURS

ALL SPRING CLASSES ARE ONLINE ONLY

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

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.

ONLINE
  • 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.

Cost: FREE

Mondays: 5:00 – 9:30 pm

Tuesdays: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Wednesdays: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and 6:00 – 8:30 pm

self-paced online reading program

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

Registration

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!

ONLINE
  • Monday & Wednesdays evenings at 7 pm
  • Start date: Mon, 1/25
  • Cost: FREE
  • Contact SMAS_ESLinfo@smuhsd.org for more information
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

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

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

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

  • Tue & Thu
  • Dates 1/26 – 4/22
  • Starts at 12:30 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 intended for ESL students at High Beginning or above, as well as students in the GED and High School Diploma programs.

Instructor: TBD

  • Tue & Thu
  • Dates 1/26 – 4/22
  • Starts at 12:30 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
  • Dates 1/26 – 4/22
  • Starts at 12:30 pm
  • FREE
New!

San Mateo Adult & Career Education will offer ESL 887: Pronunciation of English Consonants and Vowels, through the College of San Mateo.

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, 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.

How to Enroll

Registration is open. For questions or to register please contact Patty Villar at pvillar@smuhsd.org.

Tues & Thu
12:15 – 1:30 pm
1/19 – 5/27
Online with live class Zoom meetings

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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