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ESL Center

Welcome to the ESL Center

Melissa Michelson, ESL Center Coordinator
Room: D306
Telephone: 626-585-3187

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.

Center 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.

ESL Center Portfolio

Your instructors may assign the ESL Center Portfolio as part of your grade for your class. The portfolio is an organized folder of the work that you have done in the ESL Center over the semester. Use these activity sheets each time you do an activity in the ESL Center.  Remember, YOU need to print them out before you come to the ESL Center, and follow the directions on the activity sheet. Don’t forget to also get them stamped by the front desk staff when you start and when you finish. You will collect these activity sheets and keep them neatly organized in your Portfolio folder. Do not turn in completed activity sheets to the ESL Center!



  • ESL Center Portfolio grade sheet sample This is a sample grade sheet that your instructor may use to calculate the final grade. Check with your instructor about which grade sheet he or she will use and when your portfolio is due!


ESL Workshops

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.

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.