Pasadena City College, Home of the PCC Lancers

Welcome to English as a Second Language

Mary-Erin Crook, Credit ESL Coordinator
Room: C247
Telephone: 626-585-3187


ESL Program Mission Statement:

The program in English as a Second Language builds the communicative foundation for all students who need to master the language in order to successfully perform at the College.  It encompasses both a transfer curriculum and learning activities designed to improve the economic condition and quality of life of the diverse communities within the College service area

Credit English as a Second Language (ESL) Sequence

Credit English as a Second Language (ESL) Sequence Chart

* Transfer Credit: UC, CSU
** Non-Credit ESL classes corresponding to Credit ESL Level 1 - 2 are available at the Community Education Center (CEC).

Click here for the chart (pdf.)

Pasadena City College ESL Program Comparsion

Credit ESL
Non-Credit ESL

Core Program

5 levels  of grammar & writing classes

  • High beginning to advanced
  • Top 2 levels receive university transfer credit

5 levels  

  • low beginning to mid-intermediate

Recommended classes

  • Reading - 4 levels
  • Listening/speaking - 5 Levels
  • Pronunciation - 2 levels
  • Grammar review - 3 levels
  • Workplace ESL

Electives in

  • American Culture
  • Conversation
  • Grammar Review
  •  Vocabulary Development


LOEP - Make an appointment on the PCC website: click here

CELSA - Contact the Non-credit ESL program at the CEC to schedule a placement examination

Support services

ESL Center, tutoring, workshops, conversation groups, pronunciation groups, language exchange program

Volunteer peer advisors; LAC


Residents (in-district, out-of-district; documented, undocumented residents)
International F-1 visa holders (note that PCC does not currently offer F-1 visa for English-only study.)

Residents (in-district, out-of-district; documented, undocumented residents)

Students study

ESL and other academic classes

ESL only


California residents: $46/unit (most classes are 3-4 units)
Non-residents: $193/unit
Plus $13 Health Fee, $1 ASB Fee and $10 Student Activity Fee per semester
Additional cost of $100-150 for textbooks.



Languages Department:
1570 E. Colorado Blvd. C247
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 585-3187

Noncredit ESL:
3035 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 585-3026

Noncredit to Credit ESL Bridge Program: