The ESL department teaches essential English skills for successful learning and living and provides a welcoming, safe, supportive, and engaging learning environment. All ESL teachers are credentialed instructors.
- Students learn English and improve communication skills in order to achieve personal, educational, and career goals
- Students study in a welcoming, supportive and engaging learning environment
- Students receive Certificates of Participation at the end of each term
English as a Second Language (ESL) Beginning / Intermediate / Advanced
Tuesday–Thursday: 9:00–11:00 a.m. and 7:00–9:00 p.m.
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. Most of our classes will be in the evening; we are only able to offer a few classes in the morning.
ESL Basic Skills
Want to develop or improve academic skills? Ready to improve your English for a job or career? Enroll in our new ESL Basic Skills course to learn or improve job skills, basic math, and English. This class is open to students assessed at the Intermediate level. Students work together with an English teacher and a math teacher.
Burlington English in the Lab
Tuesday–Thursday: 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Learn and practice your English in our computer lab with Burlington English, a computer program that can help you with listening, speaking, reading, writing, and especially pronunciation. Burlington English also has language training (vocabularly, workplace communication, and soft skills training) for various job fields. An English teacher will be in the lab to answer all of your questions!
ESL Family Literacy
Improve your English skills so you can help your children succeed in school! Our classes are especially for parents and other adult community members who want to speak, read, and write English better and learn how to help their children with schoolwork. Students may enter when space is available. Call (925) 685-7340, ext. 6750 for more information. Click here for class schedule.
Tuesday–Thursday: 7:00–9:00 p.m.
A 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 II level required. Please also see Distance Learning—Citizenship Preparation class above.
- Prepare for the U.S. citizenship interview and civics test
- Learn step-by-step how to apply for American citizenship
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.
- Study at home to improve your English language skills
- Study at home to prepare to become a U.S. citizen
ESL for Early Childhood Education
Learn basic Early Childhood Education vocabulary and concepts to prepare for a career and/or higher education in Early Childhood Education! This class is offered in partnership with Catholic Charities of the East Bay and Diablo Valley College. Student must be at ESL Intermediate High level or higher. Call (925) 685-7340, ext. 6754 for information.
- Learn basic Early Childhood Education Vocabulary and concepts to prepare for a career and/or higher education in Early Childhood Education.
- This class is offered in partnership with Diablo Valley College
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: mdae-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/online
• 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.
Do you give grades?
• 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.