ESL - Non-Credit Program

Our foundation courses will help you develop English language skills to be a productive worker, an effective community member, a positive family member, and a lifelong learner.

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Learn English while mastering new career skills! Compton College's Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) Program not only teaches the fundamentals of the English language, but helps non-English speakers learn the language in the context of the workplace. Compton College offers four non-credit VESL programs:

Personal Care Attendant
Learn English while being trained in the basics of becoming a personal care attendant. As a personal care attendant, you can work as an in-home healthcare worker, home health aide (HHA), or nursing assistant. Personal care assistants often help elderly, mentally or physically disabled patients manage everyday tasks.

ESL for Childhood Education
In this program, you will learn English while getting trained to teach English to young children in a classroom setting. Pass along your English skills to future generations by supporting young children's language development, especially those whose first language is not English.

Basic Career Training
In addition to learning English, this program will prepare you for a variety of career skills, such as customer service, bookkeeping, office work, and more. Students who complete this program can enter a variety of fields.

Apple Swift Coding
In partnership with Apple, this English-language program trains you to design IOS apps that are fully functional and learn how to code using Apple Swift (Xcode). Learn English and land a high-paying job upon completion!

Foundation Classes

Our foundation courses will help you develop English language skills to be a productive worker, an effective community member, a positive family member, and a lifelong learner.

ESL courses will cover vocabulary and basic grammar, listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills on topics of personal interests, career, and everyday life experiences.

We offer ESL 11 through ESL 17 where you can earn Certificates of Completion for each group of classes you complete.

Foundation Classes

Non-credit courses are offered on a No-Fee (free) basis, allowing students to complete coursework in citizenship, basic skills, short-term career education, and prepares students for work by enhancing ESL skills. 

Choosing Your Course(s):

If you are not sure about which course to enroll in, please contact Compton College ESL Student Services Advisor Beatriz Sapiens at or 310-900-1600, ext. 2020 or go through the Self-Placement Tool where you can choose which ESL level is best for you.

Feel free to email the instructor if you have any questions about the courses at

ESL-Course Descriptions

Vocational ESL Classes

We also offer career-focused courses for those interested in starting a new career. These courses are called Vocational ESL (VESL). We highly suggest students enrolled in ESL 15 and ESL 16 enroll in VESL courses. Concurrent enrollment is encouraged but not mandatory. Certificates of Completion are awarded to students who complete the 2 courses within the ESL program. The Certificates of Completion are below.

Vocational ESL Classes

Other ESL Classes

If you are interested in improving your reading, speaking or pronunciation skills, enroll in the classes below.

Other Classes

ESL Course description

Compton College ESL Student Testimonials


ESL Faculty

Brittany Olayele
ESL Department Chair
(310) 900-1600, Ext. 2232

Course Catalog

Contact Information

Dr. Rebekah Blonshine
Dean of Student Success
310-900-1600, ext. 2235
L-SSC, Room 103

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