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ESL Center

Welcome to the ESL Center

Dr. Alice Mecom, ESL Center Coordinator
Room: D306
Telephone: 626-585-3111

Department Hours
Mon - Thu10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.Location: D306Closed: Friday
ESL Center Slideshow Tour


What is the ESL Center?

The ESL Center is a resource on campus that currently enrolled ESL students can use to enhance their experience at Pasadena City College. The mission of the ESL Center is to provide course-related assistance in an interactive study environment which supports ESL students in their language development and facilitates independent learning with the aim of improving student retention and success. (In other words, if you are an ESL student, the more you go to the ESL Center, the better your English will be and the better grades you will have at PCC!)

The ESL Center serves the following groups:

  • ESL Students
  • PCC Faculty
  • ESL Tutors

Services: (Click on the links below)


Trained tutors specialized in tutoring ESL students on grammar, writing, and pronunciation are available for no more than 15 minutes per session when others are waiting. When looking at your compositions, tutors will be happy to offer advice on how to improve your writing, but they will not correct your papers for you. Find out what the tutors' responsibilities are and what students' responsibilities are. Tutoring is on a drop-in basis.


Materials and Resources

The ESL Center has laptops, a large selection of films and documentaries, textbooks in grammar, writing, listening and speaking for all levels (with answer keys located at the front desk so you can check your work), and language games for two or more students. The DVDs, textbooks and games are available for check-out and use in the ESL Center for up to 3 hours. There are also novels and non-fiction that students can check out and take home for two weeks.


Ongoing Activities

  • Conversation Groups: Please come to the group ready to talk about a fixed topic or open topic.
  • Pronunciation Group: Do you yourselves have difficulty understanding them?



Throughout the semester, free workshops on a variety of topics will be offered. There is no limit on the number of workshops students can attend. Unless otherwise specified, workshops will be in the ESL Center D306. Workshops are first-come, first-served, so please come early to make sure you get a seat. Workshops are limited to 25 students.


Language Exchange Program

Practice your second language by meeting up with a native speaker of that language. In return you will help the other student to learn your native language. For example, if you are learning English and your first language is Chinese, you will meet with an English native speaker who is learning Chinese and practice your languages together.

For general questions about taking ESL classes at PCC, please call 626-585-3187 or go to the "Apply /Register" link on the PCC Homepage.