Non-Credit Courses/Pathway

SRJC's Non-Credit ESL Program

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Non-Credit English as Second Language program (ESL) is free to students and is designed to teach beginning and intermediate English skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar) to non-native speakers. These Non-Credit classes also prepare students for credit ESL classes at SRJC.

Class Locations

Non-credit courses are offered:

In Santa Rosa at:

  • The main campus, 1501 Mendocino Avenue
  • The Southwest Santa Rosa Center, 950 S. Wright Road
  • Cook Middle School, 2480 Sebastopol Road
  • Comstock Middle School, 2750 W. Steele Lane
  • Monte Vista Burbank Housing, 1421 Range Avenue
  • Elsie Allen High School , 599 Bellevue Avenue
  • Sonoma  Academy, 2500 Farmers Lane

 Also in Petaluma, El Verano, Windsor, Healdsburg, Forestville, Guerneville, and Cloverdale

 

Non-Credit ESL Classes

When you begin the noncredit ESL program, it is important to start in the level that is right for you. We offer many classes to match your needs.

 

ESL 701

Native Language Literacy (Spanish)

This class is for Spanish speakers who never learned to read and write in their first language. Here students learn how to read and write in Spanish and how to be a successful student. This will make learning English easier and faster.

ESL 712

ESL Literacy (English)

This class is for people with 0 to 5 years of experience in school and very limited literacy skills (reading and writing) in their first language. Here students learn basic literacy skills in English.

ESL 713

Low Beginning

This class is for people with limited or no ability to read, write or speak English but who can read and write in their native language. It offers beginning level English skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

ESL 714

High Beginning

This class is for people with some ability to communicate in English. It offers instruction in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

ESL 715

Low Intermediate

This class is for people who can communicate in English in everyday situations and who can read and write about familiar topics. Students at this level can begin to take classes on the main campus.

ESL 716

High Intermediate

This class prepares students for credit ESL classes by emphasizing more academic language skills, particularly in reading and writing.

 



Special Classes

 

 

Family Literacy

These classes are regular ESL classes with special emphasis on teaching parents the skills they need to help their children in school. Free babysitting and school-age tutoring are provided.

ESL 722 and 732

 

ESL Computers
 

These courses teach ESL by using computers and developing computer skills.

ESL 735

 

ESL for Culinary Arts

This course prepares ESL students for Culinary Arts classes.

 

 

Intensive Classes and Electives

Intensive classes allow you to complete a level quickly: ESL 713, 714, 715, 716

 

Study 4 days a week for 8 weeks

More academic in emphasis

Strict attendance policy

Faster to complete each class, faster to obtain a certificate, faster to move to credit classes

New students accepted for first 2 weeks only

You can choose an intensive, 8-week version of each of the core classes: ESL 713, 714, 715, 716

8-week Elective Courses

Courses focused on listening and speaking (conversation and pronunciation):

 

713 CP: Low-Beginning Conversation/Pronunciation

 

for English Language Learners with very limited abilities in English. The focus of this class is on vocabulary development, listening, speaking and pronunciation.

 

714 CP: High-Beginning Conversation/Pronunciation

 

for English Language Learners with limited abilities in English. The focus of this class is on vocabulary development, listening, speaking and pronunciation.

 

716 CP: High-Intermediate Conversation/Pronunciation

 

for English Language Learners with the ability to function independently in English in most situations. The focus of this course is on vocabulary development, pronunciation, listening and speaking skills needed for effective communication in academic, vocational, and community settings.

 

Courses focused on Reading and Writing

 

713 RW: Low-Beginning Reading/Writing

 

for English Language Learners with very limited abilities in English. The focus of this class is on beginning-level reading and writing skills needed at work, school, and in the community.

 

714 RW: High-Beginning Reading/Writing

 

for English Language Learners with limited abilities in English. The focus of this class is on reading and writing skills needed at work, school, and in the community.

 

716 RW: High-Intermediate Reading/Writing

for English Language Learners with the ability to function independently in English in most situations. The focus of this course is on reading and writing skills needed to be effective in academic, vocational, and community settings.

 

Special Courses

 

ESL 722: Introduction to ESL Computer Basics

 

A course recommended for ESL students at the 714 level or above who have little or no experience with computers. It focuses on English and computer skills such as computer-related vocabulary, basic reading, study and test-taking strategies and written and oral communication skills. ESL 722 includes word processing, the Internet and email, and prepares students for future computer classes.

 

ESL 732: Beginning ESL Computer Basics

 

Designed for ESL students who are enrolled or plan to enroll in computer courses. This course includes reading, vocabulary, study and test-taking strategies, written and oral communication skills in preparation for computer classes. The focus of this class is on introductory, hands-on experience with Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

 

ESL 735: Vocational ESL for Culinary Arts

Provides English Language Learners with a foundation for four introductory Culinary Arts classes. This course includes basic culinary and food safety vocabulary, reading, writing and test-taking skills, and oral communication skills necessary for the professional culinary environment.