English as a Second Language


English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language Department at Long Beach City College prepares students to develop the skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in order to reach their academic and vocational goals. Our services include placement testing, counseling, registration assistance, and academic instruction. The ESL program seeks to reflect and serve the needs of a growing and changing student population. It provides access to all campus programs and services and prepares students to meet academic, vocational, and personal goals.


English for Everyday, Certificate of Competency (C-COMPE)
Reading Skills for ESL Students, Certificate of Competency (C-COMPE)
Workplace Language Skills for ESL, Certificate of Competency (C-COMPE)
ESL Literacy, Certificate of Competency (C-COMPE)
ESL Reading for Citizenship, Certificate of Competency (C-COMPE)
Intermediate Grammar, Certificate of Competency (C-COMPE)
Intermediate Oral Skills, Certificate of Competency (C-COMPE)
Intermediate Reading & Writing, Certificate of Competency (C-COMPE)

View all LBCC’s Programs of Study and Curriculum Guides
(New students need to refer to the current academic year for the most up-to-date info) 

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Orientación Para Nuevos Estudiantes De ESL En Español


English Orientation For New ESL Students

Khmer Orientation For New ESL Students


The study of English as a Second Language develops many skills which are applicable across many diverse career paths. An English as a Second Language certificate provides students with the ability to work in careers in which communicating effectively in English is necessary.


ESL is a road and not a destination. As such, the skills taught in ESL are crucial for anyone to communicate effectively in English. The ability to translate between English and another language leads to many careers.

  • Customer Service Representative
  • Flight Attendant
  • Healthcare Professional
  • Hospitality Manager
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Retail Representative/Manager
  • Teacher
  • Writer
  • Writer/Journalist
To explore potential jobs in this field of study, we strongly urge you to visit LBCC Career Center. Working with a career counselor, we will assess your strengths, skills, interests, and accomplishments to help you identify internship opportunities and career goals that match your educational and professional needs.


How do I start taking ESL Classes?

Visit the ESL Office or contact the ESL Learning Center at (562) 938-3043.

Where can I get tutoring for ESL?

Contact the ESL Learning Center at (562) 938-3043 or (562) 938-3266.