The credit English for Multilingual Students (EngM) program at Ventura College offers reading and writing classes to prepare students for vocational or transferable college coursework.  Our program helps students to understand textbooks, improve their writing, and learn academic and workplace readiness skills. These courses focus on developing academic writing, reading comprehension, and speaking skills.


How to apply for Credit ESL / EngM courses:

Step 1. Apply for Admission

Step 2. Complete the Placement Assessment

Placement Assessment
English language placement assessments are given in the Assessment Office in the student services building. Call for an appointment: (805) 289-6402 
Placement assessments are also given in ELC-3 during the Fall & Spring semesters. Call, stop by, or e-mail for an appointment at 805-289-6484 or

Test results and assessment information about classes


Step 3.  Complete the enrollment process. Follow the guidelines on this page:  Application for Admission

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Credit ESL / EngM will give you ways to: 
  • Improve Grammar
  • Build Vocabulary 
  • Understand Reading 
  • Develop Reading Comprehension
  • Improve Oral Competence



Who should take ESL / EngM courses?

ESL / EngM is designed for students who speak more than one language, and need to improve their English language skills for college. However, all students are welcome. 
Have you been in the USA for less than 7 years?
Would you like to go to college or university in the United States?
Credit ESL / EngM classes focus on developing your English language skills for workforce training and college. 
Have you been in the USA for more than 8 years?
Would you like to improve your English skills for college and university?
Credit ESL / EngM will help you improve your academic English skills. These courses help students become more prepared for college and university by strengthening their reading and writing skills in academic classes such as history, sociology, psychology, etc. 
Have you been in the United States all your life, speaking two languages? 
Do you feel challenged by English grammar and writing?
Native English speakers who feel the need to improve their academic reading and writing skills, as well as their oral communication skills, can also take ESL / EngM classes. Everyone is welcome!  ESL / EngM courses help build students' confidence in their English language skills for higher education, which can lead to reaching their goals for college and beyond!
Do you feel like you are not ready for credit ESL / EngM courses?
Students who are interested in tuition-free courses, can enroll in Non-Credit ESL classes at the Ventura College East Campus in Santa Paula.

Student Testimonials:

"I wish I would have taken this class when I first started college because it would have helped me tremendously in my other classes" -Sandra Weitzel

"This class has been really helpful for me because it taught us how to write and how to handle our future classes and our future job." - David Wang

"My best friend, who is a native speaker, told me that she sees a change in my text messages. She does not have to read them 3-5 times to understand me - like before." - Jessica Rios

"I wish I had taken EngM 50 before all my other classes. I would have been more prepared." - Michelle Orozco

"My class taught me more than I ever thought it would. EngM is an awesome class for anyone returning to school." - April Pool




 For more information call (805) 289-6484 or e-mail