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Learning how to speak English can be a challenge, so let us help. English as a Second Language (ESL) is a program for non English-speaking students. Our teachers are all highly trained with Master’s degrees. We teach students from many countries and who speak all kinds of languages. Classes are small to ensure plenty of contact with your teachers and fellow students. We use many different teaching materials to fit all learning styles. This program is made to teach students of all levels of fluency.

Innovative Program

We have an exciting program. Our classes are based on an innovative curriculum and the instructors use a variety of current methods and techniques. The faculty are all highly-trained with Master’s degrees in the field of TESOL, enthusiasm, dedication to improving the program even more and most importantly, friendly smiles. We are a serious academic ESL program with a fresh, fun approach.

Excellent Location

We are growing quickly and attracting international students from many countries around the world, partly because of our prime location in the heart of the California Gold Country close to many famous places such as San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley.

Small Diverse Classes

We also have hundreds of resident ESL students from areas of the former Soviet Union, Central and South America, the Middle East and many other areas. Class size is limited to 15 to 28 students, so there is plenty of opportunity for student participation and contact with the instructors.

Well-equipped Facilities

Our facilities include classrooms equipped with TVs, VCRs and overhead projectors as well as three smart classrooms with an instructor computer and a projector and internet. We also have two state-of-the-art ESL Computer lab classrooms with nineteen software programs for practicing English language skills. There is internet access and ESL internet links with hundreds of internet activities. Additionally, we are also very proud of the ESL extensive reading collection that has hundreds of books at a range of ability levels. Students can borrow them from the library.

Many Levels of Instruction

We have a 7-level ESL Program beginning at the Novice (beginner) level and progressing up to the Advanced College level (the equivalent of English 1A or English 101 at most universities). At least one year of ESL adult education is recommended for resident students entering at the novice level. There are four classes at most levels: Writing, Grammar, Reading/Vocabulary and Listening/Speaking.

All Sierra College ESL classes are credited college classes of three units each. Advanced-level ESL classes have degree and transfer credit for Community Colleges, California State Universities, and private universities and colleges. Advanced ESL writing courses have degree and transfer credit to The University of California (although they do not meet University of California composition requirements). In addition to three hours of classroom instruction for each class, there is a 50-minute laboratory class requirement for Grammar, Reading/Vocabulary and Listening/Speaking courses that is completed in one of the ESL Lab classrooms for all levels except 500.

The Skills That You Need

The Writing classes blend explanation and practice with academic and real-world writing tasks that utilize the grammar being studied. The Grammar classes cover the rules, but also how to use the forms in speaking and writing. The Reading/Vocabulary strand emphasizes developing reading and vocabulary skills including prereading strategies, comprehension and reading speed development. Students do a lot of outside reading. The Listening/Speaking courses develop students’ skills and confidence so they can communicate and understand others in all situations from daily life to academic lectures. Class activities include presentations, surveys, skits, speakers and much more.

Contact

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    Rocklin, CA 95677

Marcia Brock Instructor, ESL

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Julie Caspersen-Schultz Part-time Instructor, ESL

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Cindy Davis Part-time Instructor, ESL

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Linda Day Part-time Instructor,ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Sonia Delgadillo Instructor, ESL

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Paul Dilgard Part-time Instructor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Kaye Foster Instructor, ESL

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Grace Freeman Part-time Instructor, ESL

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Maria Hernandez Instructional Assistant, ESL

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Clay Hindman Part-time Instructor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Jasmin Kashi Part-time Instructor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Carol Kennedy Part-time Instructor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Jennie Longmire Part-time Instructor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Natalia Lowey-Ball Part-time Instructor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Susan Maastricht Part-time Instructor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Kim Marcussen Part-time Instructor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Annie Marquez Part-time Instructor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Margaret "Margo" Marvin Part-time Instrutor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Karen Miceli Part-time Instructor,ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Kelvyn Moran Part-time Instructor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Marta Mueller Part-time Instructor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
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Robin Persiani Department Chair, Instructor, ESL

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Evelyn Rojas Part-time Instructor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Denise Saur Part-time Instructor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Theodore Saur Part-time Instructor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Jessica Schamber Instructor, ESL

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  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Mary Selseleh Part-time Instructor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Matthew Sparling Part-time Instructor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

James Strode Part-time Instructor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Susan Trant Part-time Instructor, ESL

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

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