English as a Second Language (ESL)
• Family Literacy
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.
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, Intermediate, and Advanced.
• Loma Vista Adult Center, Monday–Thursday: 9:00–11:45 a.m., 12:30–2:45 p.m.
• Loma Vista Adult Center, Tuesday–Thursday: 6:30–9:10 p.m.
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. Please note that students will be assessed during the first three class meetings and must meet with Flora Rojas (510-338-5079) in order to register.
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.
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 2 level required. September 11–December 11.
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. Most classes begin the week of September 15 unless otherwise noted. Classes are ongoing, and students may enter when space is available. Call (925) 685-7340, ext. 6750 for more information or click here for a detailed listing of classes.
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.