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

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. Understand oral communication in a variety of contexts.
2. Speak on a variety of topics in social and work-related contexts.
3. Use increasingly complex grammatical patterns.
4. Use word analysis, vocabulary development strategies and reading strategies to read and comprehend 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 from the 1992 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

  • Use a few English words to express basic survival needs.
  • Recognize letters of the alphabet, numbers and some simple words.
  • Recognize a limited range of simple spoken isolated words, phrases and questions.
  • Demonstrate ability to copy letters of the alphabet, numbers and isolated words and phrases.

General ESL Study student learning outcomes

Beginning Low ESL

  • Understand frequently used spoken words, expressions and questions in familiar contexts in conversation.
  • Be able to correctly use learned phrases and sentences in basic and common social conversations.
  • Construct limited meaning from reading materials on learned topics.
  • Be able to write English language numbers, letters, personal information and previously learned simple sentences and messages.

Beginning High ESL

  • Express limited understanding of spoken English in familiar contexts.
  • Be able to engage in simple conversations in English in a variety of common and basic social situations.
  • Determine the meaning of new words by applying basic word analysis and vocabulary development skills.
  • Recognize new words using visual clues in simplified reading material.
  • Produce grammatically correct sentences in a short loosely organized paragraph.

Low Intermediate ESL

  • Comprehend spoken English in extended conversation containing some unfamiliar words in familiar contexts.
  • Participate in increasingly extended conversations about topics beyond survival or routine activities.
  • Differentiate between fact and fiction in simplified reading material and some authentic material using a variety of word analysis skills to determine the meaning of new words.
  • Organize relevant ideas and appropriate details into one or more clearly organized paragraph in a report or personal correspondence.

High Intermediate ESL

  • Understand essential information in spoken English in extended conversations, lectures, or speeches.
  • Engage in conversations and interviews in familiar and some unfamiliar contexts using appropriate syntax and level of formality.
  • Interpret authentic reading materials on common topics and interpret the meaning of readings on specialized topics.
  • Be able to produce a brief compositions or reports with relevant ideas with clearly organized ideas and control of basic grammatical patterns.

Low Advanced ESL

  • Understand descriptive and factual material in spoken English.
  • Engage in casual and extended conversations with increasing fluency and control of grammatical patterns.
  • Comprehend authentic reading materials on abstract topics in familiar contexts as well as descriptions and narrations of factual material.
  • Be able to write compositions on familiar material using complex grammatical patterns accurately.

Vocational ESL student learning outcomes

Beginning VESL Skills

  • Identify basic job terminology which may include tools, supplies, materials and safety instructions.
  • Demonstrate appropriate physical and verbal 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.
  • Understand basic work ethics such as teamwork, punctuality, workplace behavior and appropriate dress.
  • Basic worker/ employee rights and responsibilities.
  • Create simple resumes and cover letters for specific job announcements.

Intermediate VESL Skills

  • Identify requirements and responsibilities for job, which may include state and federal requirements.
  • Effective communication between employees and employer, or patient or client.
  • Identification of safety issues and worker rights.
  • Be able to work in a multicultural work environment.
  • Use a variety of reading strategies to understand technical topics.
  • Create resumes and cover letters for specific job announcements.
  • Be able to 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
  • Demonstrate knowledge of U.S. History
  • Comprehend the structure and functions of the U.S. Federal Government, State Government, and local government.
  • Understand the rights and responsibilities of new citizens.
  • Identify the values reflected in the U.S. Constitution.