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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Achieve your goals one vocabulary word at a time!


Getting started

  1. APPLY
    Complete and submit the LMC application online. When the application is accepted, you will receive a student identification (I.D.) number. If you have questions about the application, please contact Dr. Paula Gunder, ESL Department Chair, at pgunder@losmedanos.edu.

    Take the ESL placement test. In order to be placed into the level of instruction that best meets your needs, you MUST take our placement test. We encourage you to take the test as soon as you know you want to take classes. Do NOT wait until the beginning of the semester, or it will be too late.

    You will need your student I.D. Click here for information about the placement test, including how to schedule an appointment, and where and when to take the test.

    Make an appointment to meet with our ESL counselor, Dr. Anh Nguyen (AnNguyen@losmedanos.edu), or any available counselor, to get help understanding your placement results, selecting ESL courses, finding out about financial aid, and creating an educational plan. You can make an appointment
    • by phone - call the Counseling Center at (925) 473-7449, or
    • in person - visit the Counseling Center in the Student Services Center, Level 4, Room SS4-400
    Register for classes (click the link and scroll to find information on how to register for classes online or in person). Use the current semester's schedule of classes, and/or the plan you created with the counselor to help you register.

    Mark your calendar for the first day of class and make note of other dates you should be aware of (Important Dates). Go to the LMC bookstore to buy your course textbooks and school supplies. Determine your transportation needs (including buying a parking permit if you are driving to school). Review a campus map and find your classrooms. Give yourself plenty of time, especially the first 2-3 weeks of classes, to find parking, locate your classroom, and avoid being late.