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.

Spring 2020 Registration

Registration is a 2 day process – You must attend BOTH days listed

Morning Registration Dates – 8:30 am – Do Not Be Late
Monday and Tuesday, Dec 9 and 10
Monday and Tuesday, Dec 16 and 17
Monday and Tuesday, Jan 13 and 14

Evening Registration Dates – 5:45 pm – Do Not Be Late
Monday and Tuesday, Dec 9 and 10
Monday and Tuesday, Dec 16 and 17
Monday and Tuesday, Jan 13 and 14

CLASS LOCATIONS AND HOURS

San Mateo Adult School

789 E. Poplar Ave

Morning Classes: 8:45 am – 12:00 pm
Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday

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

Afternoon Classes: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced
Conversation: Develop listening and speaking skills

  • Job Workshops
  • Writing Development
  • Pronunciation

Evening Classes: 6:25 pm – 9:35 pm
Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday

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

San Bruno First Baptist Church

All Students Register in Class
1005 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno

Morning Classes: 8:45 am – 12:00 pm
Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday
Beginning and Intermediate

Courses Offered

These three-hour classes focus on developing students’ Reading, Writing, Listening Comprehension 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

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

San Mateo Adult & Career Education
  • Room 24
  • 32000
  • M – F 12 – 1:00 pm
  • Marlowe
  • Open Entry
  • FREE
Learn English at Home

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

For an appointment to register, call (650) 558-2128

Day
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Monday 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM – Lunch Bunch: Open Conversation Practice
12:30 to 1:00 PM – Closed
5:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM 12:00 PM to 12:30 – Closed
12:30 PM to 1 PM – Open Info – Everyone welcome
1:00-1:30 PM – Information about Distance Learning
6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM 12:00 PM to 12:30 Green Team
12:30 to 1 Closed, 1 to 4:30
5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM 12:00 PM to 12:30 – Closed
12:30 to 4:00 PM – Class in Session
5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM 12:00 PM to 12:30 – Lunch Bunch
12:30 PM to 1:00 PM – Closed
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Class in Session
Closed
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.

Registration

Students must meet with a teacher for initial assessment and enrollment in the program. For more information please contact the registrar, Marina Kravtsova 650.558.2105.

FOR ESL STUDENTS

A series of nine (9) self-contained job search workshops. The workshops will cover the standard skills for job search in the United States, understanding culture of job search, writing resumes and cover letters, online profiles and networking, interviewing via telephone and in person, communicating job skills and experience. Students will be required to have a Gmail account. This is a requirement for ALL students who participate in any of the workshops.

San Mateo Adult School
  • Room 21
  • 031605
  • Tuesdays
  • Hernandez
  • FREE
Workshops Schedule
  • 1/28 – Introducing the Culture and Vocabulary of Job Search
  • 2/4 – Constructing and Delivering an Elevator Speech
  • 2/11 – STAR/ 3P Stories
  • 2/18 – Online Profiles and Networking/ Intro to Online Job Search
  • 2/25 – Writing a Resume, Part A
  • 3/4 – Writing a Resume, Part B**
  • 3/18 – Interview Skills: How to Answer Most Common Interview Questions
  • 3/25 – 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. 

CITIZENSHIP

The focus for this class will be basic English and the Civics, History and Government information needed to pass the citizenship test. Students will practice the oral interview and writing portions of the citizenship test. Open Entry – Enroll anytime.

San Mateo Adult School – Room 40

Afternoon: 035602 / 12:30 – 3:30 pm / TTh / Chen / FREE

Afternoon: 035603 / 12:30 – 3:30 pm / WF / Aroyan / FREE

Evening: 035601 / 6:25 – 9:35 pm / MW / Chen / FREE

IMPROVE WRITING SKILLS

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

  • 036101
  • 1/21 – 4/23 12:30 – 3:30 pm
  • TTh
  • Lieban
  • FREE

Intermediate – Room 41

  • 036201
  • 1/21 – 4/23 12:30 – 3:30 pm
  • TTh
  • Brown
  • 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
  • TTh
  • 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.

New!

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: $156 (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 mandatory attendance.

How to Enroll

Students may apply to the College to enroll in the class. Students can apply at: htt-://bit.ly/ApplytoCSM. 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. Please see Patty Villar in Room #28 with questions. You may also contact Kelsey Harrison at Harrisonk@smccd.edu for assistance with the application.

Course Dates TBD

Questions?

Contact ESL Coordinator Patricia Brown for more information.