Welcome to the ESL Department at LMC
Are you a non-native English speaker who wants and/or needs to learn and improve your ability to communicate in English?
Well, we are here to help you!
Our department's mission is to serve and support any and all immigrant, refugee, and international students whose first language is not English learn, practice, apply, and ultimately acquire both general and academic English language and communication skills, strategies, and abilities for personal, social, civic, educational, and/or career purposes. No matter what your initial reason for coming to study ESL at LMC is, our goal is to help you achieve that goal. As your English develops and your confidence grows, we also want to help you explore other opportunities that may interest you here at the college, in our community, or beyond, and to help you identify, set, work toward, and achieve exciting new goals : ).
To help you meet your goals, we have certificate-based packages of courses to serve and support students at different proficiency levels. As an LMC ESL student, you can choose to take either CREDIT courses - for those students who may need or want college credit-bearing courses and/or the opportunity to apply for federal and state financial aid - or NON-CREDIT courses - for those students, including our undocumented students,* who may need or want to take tuition-free courses. The choice is yours! When you are ready, you can find out more information about all of the courses and certificates by accessing Pathways & Courses and Certificates.
Now, you may ask yourself: Is this the right place for me? That's a great question, and we would answer by asking you: Do any of the following characteristics describe you?
I am a non-native English speaker, and...
- I am new to the U.S. and to this part of California, or perhaps I have lived here for a number of years.
- I am an international student here on an F1 Visa.
- I am a working adult and/or a parent who has children in a local school.
- I am currently a local high school student myself, or I am a graduate of one of the high schools here in East Contra Costa County (or somewhere else in the U.S.).
- I went to school in my home country, and perhaps I have a high school diploma, college degree, or professional certification.
- I took ESL classes at an Adult Education school, and now I want to transition into the college.
- I have U.S. citizenship, am working toward getting it, or maybe I do not and am not.*
Hopefully, you see yourself represented among the above descriptions of who our LMC ESL students are. Our students - and our faculty - are wonderfully diverse, and we greatly value the richness that such diversity brings to our classrooms and our community. We hope you will want to join our ever-growing community of learners, and as you do so, we want to welcome you, and let you know that we look forward to meeting you and working with you!
*We are proud to be a part of the California Community College higher education system that supports Undocumented Students.