English as a Second Language Department

Learn How to Register

The English as a Second Language Department offers language classes at six levels, from beginning to advanced (graduation competency). We serve multilingual students, non-native speakers, long-term residents and international students who need instruction in the English language. Students who speak a language other than English at home are strongly advised to complete the Sacramento City College ESL assessment process in order to place in the appropriate level of instruction.  Students can gain certificates at the intermediate and advanced levels of proficiency.

Questions? Speak to any ESL professor on campus – we’re happy to explain the program and classes.

International students should visit the SCC International Student Center website for all questions about entering the country and enrolling at SCC.

Programs of Study / Certificates

The ESL Department offers two certificates: an ESL Department certificate of Intermediate Proficiency in English as a Second Language and an official Certificate of Achievement for Advanced Proficiency in English as a Second Language. The request forms can be downloaded here or requested from the Language & Literature Division Office or the ESL Department Chair listed above. Attach an unofficial transcript showing your grades.


INTERMEDIATE [Successful Completion of ESLG 50, ESLL 50, ESLR 50, and ESLW 50]

ADVANCED [Successful Completion of ESLG 320, ESLR 320, ESLW 320, and ESL114.]