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English Language for Multilingual Students (ELMS)

Join our international community of students and teachers today,
and learn the language and thinking skills
and behaviors needed to successfully engage as a global citizen tomorrow!


Welcome to the ELMS Department at Los Medanos College



Mondays – Quynh Pham in the Center for Academic Support 12-1 (Pittsburg)


Tuesdays – Silvia Baron by appointment 10-11 (Pittsburg) call 925-473-7590 to make an appointment 24hrs in advance


Wednesdays – Quynh Pham in the ELMS/ESL Lab 10-12 (Pittsburg)


Fridays – Silvia Baron drop-in 10-11 (Brentwood)


Fridays – Quynh Pham by appointment 10-12 (Pittsburg) call 925-473-7590 to make an appointment 24hrs in advance

To our community:
The mission of the
English Language for Multilingual Students (ELMS) Department at Los Medanos College (home of the English as a Second Language or ESL program) is to meet the diverse personal, educational, and career needs and goals of the multilingual multicultural English language learning community in East Contra Costa County and the international student population from abroad who choose to study at our college.

To our students:

We want to support your bi/multilingual English language development by helping and challenging you to learn, practice, and be inclined and motivated to strategically use a range of thinking dispositions (Habits of Mind) that have been shown to help students succeed and have been reported as what employers want their employees to have. Therefore, we try to weave these intelligent behaviors into our English language teaching to strengthen your ability to a) communicate clearly and accurately, consider different perspectives, and think creatively and reflectively; b) empathize, collaborate, learn, and have fun with others; c) pay attention, ask questions, find solutions, and enjoy learning more; and d) respond with wonderment and awe, think first, persist, and take responsible risks that will help you achieve your success goals.


By actively participating in our program, you will


Click on the Getting Started link to learn how to join our community!