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Compton College / Guided Pathway Divisions / Fine Arts, Communication, Humanities / ESL - Non-Credit

English as a Second Language (ESL)

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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 counselor Beatriz Sapiens at bsapiens@compton.edu or 310-900-1600, ext. 2020 or go through the Self-Placement Tool where you can choose which ESL level is best for you. Click on the hyperlinks for the Counseling page or to get to the Placement Tool.

Feel free to email the instructor if you have any questions about the courses at bolayele@compton.edu.

Click the link to find the description of each course. 

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

Click here for ESL Course Descriptions

Compton College ESL Student Testimonials:


ESL Faculty

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

Course Catalog (webpage)

Major Preparation Work Sheet (Counseling webpage)


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

Dr. Valerie Woodward
Division Chair - FACH
310-900-1600, ext. 2239



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