How to Enroll in Noncredit Classes


 Location - Choose a campus that is convenient for you.
Noncredit classes are offered at:
Civic Center Campus 415-561-1875
John Adams Campus 415-561-1835  
Chinatown/North Beach Campus    
Downtown Campus 415-267-6500
Mission Campus 415-920-6000
Southeast Campus 415-550-4300

2)  Placement Test - Call the campus you are interested in, or go in person to get an appointment for a placement test. Placement tests are offered at various times throughout the semester.

3)  Counseling and Registration - After the placement test, you will have an appointment with a counselor to discuss the classes you want and the times you can study. The counselor will register you into a class (or classes) and tell you exactly when and where to go.


Testing Schedules:

Chinatown Campus
Civic Center Campus
Downtown Campus
John Adams Campus
Mission Campus
Ocean Campus

For more information about the noncredit program call the campus you are interested in. Or you may contact the ESL Department office at 239-3003.

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Civic Center     
Chinatown-North Beach     
John Adams      


Noncredit ESL Student Learning Outcomes

The noncredit ESL program is tuition free and dedicated to the teaching of non-native speakers of English to enable them to have the language skills necessary to achieve a variety of social, academic, and vocational goals.

Noncredit Program Student Learning Outcomes

1. Identify main ideas in spoken English in a variety of contexts.
2. Engage in conversations on a variety of topics in social and work-related contexts.
3. Use increasingly complex grammatical patterns.
4. Use vocabulary development and reading strategies to interpret authentic texts on familiar topics.
5. Write a variety of correspondence and produce coherent short pieces of writing.

Noncredit ESL students can progress from literacy classes through low advanced classes. Students can also focus on certain skills such as listening, speaking, reading or writing as they progress through the noncredit program. In addition, Noncredit ESL provides career and technical pathways for students who are interested in English for job preparation. Finally, there are classes for students who want to prepare for the citizenship test. Below are updated student learning outcomes based on California State Adult Education Model Standards, upon which each of our individual course student learning outcomes is based.    See the The Noncredit ESL Course Assessment Process

Noncredit ESL Pathways Student Learning Outcomes
Literacy student learning outcomes

  • Identify a limited range of spoken words, phrases and simple sentences drawn from material learned in the classroom.
  • Use a limited number of English words to express basic survival needs.
  •  Recognize letters of the alphabet, numbers and simple words.
  •   Copy and write the alphabet, numbers and isolated words and phrases.

General ESL Study student learning outcomes
Beginning Low ESL

  • Recognize frequently used spoken words, expressions and questions in familiar contexts in conversation.
  • Use learned phrases and sentences to engage in common social conversations.
  • Construct limited meaning from reading materials on learned topics.
  • Write numbers, letters, personal information and previously learned simple sentences.
  • Use Beginning Low language structures and forms.

Beginning High ESL

  • Interpret limited spoken English from learned topics and familiar contexts.
  • Produce simple conversations in a variety of common social situations.
  • Determine the meaning of new words by applying basic word analysis and vocabulary development skills.
  • Identify information in simplified reading passages in familiar contexts.
  • Produce simple written sentences and short paragraphs related to survival needs and personal topics.
  • Use Beginning High language structures and forms.

Low Intermediate ESL

  • Recognize key points in spoken English containing some unfamiliar words in familiar contexts.
  • Engage in extended conversations about topics beyond survival or routine activities.
  • Use a variety of word analysis skills to determine the meaning of new words in familiar authentic texts.
  • Interpret short narratives and descriptive passages on familiar topics.
  • Construct relevant ideas and appropriate details into one or more clearly organized short paragraphs.
  • Use Intermediate Low language structures and forms.

High Intermediate ESL

  •  Recognize essential information in extended conversations, lectures, or speeches in a variety of contexts.
  • Use appropriate syntax, register and word choice in extended conversations and interviews.
  • Apply word analysis skills to determine the meaning of new vocabulary in authentic texts.
  • Interpret information from authentic reading material on a variety of common topics.
  • Write a cohesive, well-developed composition of one or more paragraphs.
  • Use Intermediate High language structures and forms.

Low Advanced ESL

  • Interpret descriptive and factual material in spoken English.
  • Engage in extended conversations with some fluency and control of grammatical patterns.
  • Interpret authentic reading materials on abstract topics in familiar contexts as well as descriptions and narrations of factual material.
  • Write compositions on familiar material using complex grammatical patterns.
  • Use Low Advanced language structures and forms.

Vocational ESL student learning outcomes

Beginning VESL Skills

  • Identify basic job terminology which may include tools, supplies, materials and safety instructions.
  • Demonstrate appropriate responses to instructions and understanding of basic workplace procedures.
  • Engage in basic interview skills.
  • Recognize simple workplace signs and announcements such as want ads, safety signs, written instructions and directions.
  • Recognize basic work ethics such as teamwork, punctuality, workplace behavior and appropriate dress.
  • Identify basic employee rights and responsibilities.
  • Create simple resumes and cover letters for job announcements.

Intermediate VESL Skills

  • Identify requirements and responsibilities for job, which may include state and federal requirements.
  • Engage in effective communication between employees and employer, or patient or client.
  • Identify safety issues and worker rights.
  • Identify the multicultural nature of the workplace in the United States.
  • Use a variety of reading strategies to understand technical topics.
  • Create resumes and cover letters for specific job announcements.
  • Write a variety of workplace reports and correspondence.

Citizenship Preparation student learning outcomes
English language relating to effective citizenship.

  • Relate personal information found in the Petition for Naturalization
  • Identify major facts in U.S. History
  • Recall the structure and functions of the U.S. Federal Government, State Government, and local government.
  • Recall the rights and responsibilities of new citizens.
  • Identify the values reflected in the U.S. Constitution.