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English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL-350-275.jpgEnglish as a Second Language (ESL)

• Family Literacy
• Citizenship

The ESL Department teaches essential English and life skills relevant to adult students’ work, education, community, and family lives.  We help our learners develop English fluency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  We offer ESL, Citizenship, ESL Family Literacy (for parents and preschool children), Distance Learning, and English for Special Purposes (ESP) classes at locations in Concord and Bay Point.

We are committed to teaching essential English skills for successful learning and living.  We believe in providing a welcoming, safe, supportive, and engaging learning environment.  We strive to empower our students to reach their goals. The ESL program awards Certificates of Participation at the end of each term. Mt. Diablo Adult Education is accredited by WASC.  All ESL teachers are credentialed instructors.

ESL Classes

English as a Second Language (ESL)
Improve your conversation, grammar, reading, writing, listening, pronunciation, and vocabulary. Learn to use English to get a job, advance at work, participate and communicate in the community. All ESL classes have weekly access to a computer lab and are taught by highly-qualified and trained instructors.Beginning and Intermediate
• Loma Vista Adult Center, Tuesday & Thursday: 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Distance Learning–English at Home/Citizenship Preparation
Check out a video or DVD and receive a free workbook. Watch and complete the lessons at home and then meet with a teacher to review your work and answer your questions. $10 deposit collected at registration. Cash only.
• Loma Vista Adult Center, Tuesday & Thursday: 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. & 5:30–7:00 p.m.
• Bay Point Library, Thursdays: 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Citizenship Preparation
A 10-session course designed to help those who want to learn step-by-step how to apply for American citizenship. Students will have an opportunity to develop and practice their English language skills specifically in preparation for the naturalization interview and learn to use technology to access current information. Competency in English at the Intermediate Low level required.
• Loma Vista Adult Center, Tuesday & Thursday, from 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

• What schools have ESL classes?

Mt. Diablo Adult Education ESL classes are at the Loma Vista Adult Center campus.  We also have Family Literacy classes at some schools in Concord and Bay Point.  We do not have ESL classes at our Pleasant Hill campus.  Please call (925) 685-7340, ext. 6750, for more information about these classes.


• How much do ESL classes cost? 

There is no charge for ESL classes. 


• Who is eligible to take your classes?

Any non-native English speaker aged 18 and over may take classes.  We do not require any documentation (no visa, green card, etc.)


• How do I register for English classes at Loma Vista Adult Center?

You must make an appointment to come in to test and register for class.  All appointments are made online.  To make your appointment, please visit our online registration at:


• What if I don’t have access to a computer or the internet?

Our Registration and Placement office is open on certain days and times to assist you.  Please call (925) 685-7340, ext. 6750, for more information.


• What is the purpose of the test?

We want to make sure that students are placed in the appropriate level class, so we test all new students to determine their level of literacy and English proficiency.


• How do I register for classes at ESL Family Literacy Centers?

Registration is done on-site.


• Is child care available at Loma Vista?

No.  We do, however, have Preschool and/or babysitting available for children of our adult students at some of our Family Literacy satellite locations in Concord and Bay Point.  For more information, please call (925) 685-7340, Ext. 6750.


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• I am an AuPair.  Can I take ESL classes?  Will you complete and sign my agency forms?

Yes, you may take ESL classes as long as you are aged 18 or over.

No, we will not sign agency forms.  We will, however, provide any student who requests one a letter detailing your classes and hours of attendance.


• I want to become an American citizen.  Will your classes help me?

Yes.  We have 12-session Citizenship Preparation classes.  You will learn about American history and civics.  You will have an opportunity to practice your English in preparation for your interview.  Your English must be at the Intermediate Low 2 level or higher to enroll in this class.  Please call (925) 685-7340, ext. 6750, for more information about this class.


Classes for Family Literacy and returning LVAC students will resume September 2014!

ESL Registration

Loma Vista Adult Center
Classes—July 1 through July 31, 2014
Priority will be given to new students.

Registration Process:
You must come in person to make an appointment to take the test and register for class.




Need more information about our program or classes?  Please call (925) 685-7340, Ext. 6750, email us at

ESL Registration and Placement Office

Loma Vista Adult Center
Room MU-17


Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m
Tuesday, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

June 17, June 24, July 1, and July 8

Open enrollment is based on space available. New students are assessed for their level of literacy and English proficiency to ensure appropriate level placement. There is no charge for ESL classes.

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