Academic English as a Second Language (ESL)

Language, Culture, Opportunity . . . Improve your English at Ventura College!


Fall 2014 Schedule of Classes  All short-term, late-start classes!
(September 1-December 10)

Ventura College Main Campus
Ventura College Santa Paula Campus


About the English as a Second Language (ESL) program:  english_students

The English as a Second Language program at Ventura College helps students develop proficiency in writing, grammar, reading, vocabulary and oral communication.  Students improve language skills for work, life in the community, and for success in coursework for college degrees and occupational certificates. In a short time students will feel confident in their English language skills to pursue their academic and career goals.


english_studentsNew! English for Multilingual Students (EngM) program: 

English for Multilingual Students are vocational and college preparatory courses designed for students who speak other languages besides English. Multilingual students may not consider themselves ESL yet they have challenges with English grammar, writing and reading comprehension. The courses are also for advanced ESL students who plan to further their education, such as obtain a certificate, Associates Degree or transfer to a university. For more information visit the English for Multilingual Students webpage.


Why this Program?

english_studentsThe Ventura College ESL and EngM programs help students build vocabulary and strengthen the ability to read, write and speak English, making it easier to understand textbooks and instructors in other courses. Students also improve the communication skills necessary to succeed in the workplace.  Excellent teachers and counselors assist students every step of the way. Students will enjoy meeting people from around the world and making lifelong friends. A modern library and computer laboratories are available, and tutoring is offered at no cost.  
Courses are conveniently offered during the day at Ventura College's main campus in Ventura and during the evening at the Ventura college Santa Paula site in Santa Paula.

New! English Conversation Student Club
Meets Monday's 10:30-11:15 AM in ELC-2
Practice speaking English in an informal environment. Open to all students, beginning to advanced speakers.

Assessment and Information Sessions
At Ventura College Main Campus
4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura
Held at the Ventura College English Learning Center, building ELC. Off of Loma Vista Road. Nearest parking lot is the "North Lot." Click here for a map.  
  • Thursday, May 15, 1:30-3:00pm ventura_college
  • Tuesday, July 8, 2:30-4:00pm
  • Tuesday, July 15, 2:30-4:00pm
  • Tuesday, July 22, 2:30-4:00pm
  • Tuesday, July 29, 2:30-4:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 5, 2:30-4:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 12, 2:30-4:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 19, 2:30-4:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 26, 2:30-4:00pm
At Ventura College Santa Paula Site
957 Faulkner Road, 106, Santa Paula
  • Thursday, May 15, 6:00-7:30pm 
  • Thursday, June 12, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Thursday, June 19, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, July 2, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Monday, July 14, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Thursday, August 7, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Thursday, August 14, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Thursday, August 21, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Thursday, August 28, 6:00-7:30pm

"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages opens every door along the way "- Frank Smith
Classes in Ventura | 805-289-6484
Classes in Santa Paula | 805-525-7136