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English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language Whether you want to get a job, get a promotion, go to college, prepare for the citizenship interview, or just communicate better with your neighbors and friends, improving your English skills is an important way to achieve your goals. We have English classes in the morning, afternoon, and evening, for all levels from beginning to advanced. Enrollment is open all year, but space is limited. Don’t wait any longer!

Mejorar sus habilidades de inglés es un medio importante para alcanzar sus metas. Tenemos clases de inglés por la mañana, tarde y noche, para todos los niveles desde principiantes hasta avanzados. ¡La inscripción está abierta todo el año, pero el espacio es limitado!

당신이 직장을 구하고,승진을하고 대학에가고 시민권 인터뷰를 준비하고 이웃과 친구와의 좋은 소통을 위해 당신의 영어 실력을 향상 시키십시오. 기초부터 고급반까지 모든 단계별 수업이 준비되어 있읍니다. 수시 입학 가능하며 자리는 제한되어 있읍니다.미루지 마시고 지금 등록하십시오.

無論你想找到一份工作,獲得晉升,考上大學,為公民準備面試,或者只是與你的鄰居和朋友更好地溝通,提高你的英語能力是實現目標的 重要途徑。我們有许多英語課供您选择。上课时间在上午,下午和晚上, 程度從初級到高級。註冊是全年開放,但座位有限,请尽早报名

English as a Second Language (ESL)

*Learn…

  • Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
  • Life skills, Everyday English for Real-life Needs,
  • English to Communicate in the Community
  • Civics
  • Pronunciation, Vocabulary, Idioms
  • Conversation, Grammar,
  • Current Events, Daily News
  • American Culture through Movies
  • English for the Workplace
  • English in the Language Lab
  • ESL Online and Distance Learning
  • Citizenship Preparation
  • English with Technology

*Learn English to…

  • Improve your life
  • Help your family
  • Help your children with homework
  • Find a job or improve employment
  • Become a Citizen
  • Participate in your community
  • Learn a Career
  • Go to College
  • Meet New Friends

*Our Classes are free ($5 processing fee for unlimited ESL classes)

*Free Parking
*Friendly Teachers
*Near Freeways and Bus lines
*Safe and Clean campuses
*Technology-equipped Classrooms
*Enroll anytime

REGISTRATION & CLASS LOCATIONS

“Walk-in” Registration Begins
Wednesday, August 21, 2017, 8:00 am
ESL Fee: $5 processing fee per Trimester for unlimited English classes– Cash, Check or Credit Card

ESL Trimester Dates

1st Trimester – August 24, 2017 to December 21, 2017
Last day to register for 1st trimester is December 1, 2017

2nd Trimester – January 8, 2018 to March 29, 2018
Last day to register for 2nd trimester is March 2, 2018

3rd Trimester – April 9, 2018 to June 6, 2018Last day to register for 3
Last day to register for 3rd trimester is May 11, 2018

Cuesta Campus

12254 Cuesta Drive, Cerritos, (562) 229-7960 Ext. 25015
Office Hours:
Monday- Thursday 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Assessment Center Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am – 7:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cabrillo Lane Campus

20122 Cabrillo Lane, Cerritos (562) 809-9011

Office Hours:
Monday- Thursday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Helen Rosas Center — No charge to students.

22150 Wardham Street, Hawaiian Gardens

Fedde Community CenterNo Charge to students

11949 215th St., Hawaiian Gardens
Multi Level ESL: Monday-Friday 8:00 am-12:10 pm
Please register in class.

Furguson Elementary School

22215 Elaine Ave., Hawaiian Gardens
Citizenship Preparation: Monday & Wednesday 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Hawaiian Gardens Food Bank

22121 Norwalk Blvd., Hawaiian Gardens
Citizenship Preparation: Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

How to Register for Classes

  1. Choose the best location for you.
  2. Register online or at that location.
  3. Bring picture identification (if available)

ESL Department Instructors and Staff

Vicki Johnson has a Master’s Degree in Linguistics and a TESL certificate along with a teaching credential. She has taught all areas of ESL at the adult school and community college, and she has also trained teachers throughout the state. She has written curriculum for the adult school and helped to develop a pronunciation module for the ESL Teacher’s Institute. She especially likes teaching grammar, writing, and pronunciation.

Laurie Judy studied at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and graduated from CSULB. She has a teaching credential in German and English and a TESOL Certificate. Before coming to ABC Adult School in 1995, Laurie taught ESL and German in Anaheim Unified High School District. She especially enjoys teaching the Movie and Idioms class.

Jody Kirkwood earned her teaching credential at West Virginia University and has been teaching ESL at ABC Adult School since 1983. She was a teacher trainer with the ESL Institute and served as a Resource Teacher at ABC for many years. As a resource teacher, she helped teachers develop lessons and learn teaching strategies. She also ran the Language Media Center and enjoys working one-on-one with the ESL students.

Joyce Kucera earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio State University and holds a teaching credential. She also studied Linguistics at CSULB and has taken numerous courses in ESL instruction content and technique. She’s been at ABC since 1991. Before that, she taught at the elementary and high school levels. Joyce loves teaching ESL to adults, especially helping students one-on-one in the Distance Learning office.

Joanne Locknikar began teaching at the elementary level in Long Beach, CA and then in Papua New Guinea. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Linguistics she returned to Papua New Guinea as a literacy consultant. Joanne has experience as a teacher, trainer, consultant, and curriculum developer in literacy and ESL for children and adults. She has taught at ABC Adult School since 2002.

Christine Oliviera has a Designated Subjects Credential and an MA in TESL from CSULB. Before coming to ABC Adult School in 2002, she taught in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and at CSU Fullerton’s American Language Program. She really enjoys teaching the Advanced level because she always learns a lot from her students.

Velia Paredes is the ESL Department Chairperson and Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA). She has taught ESL at ABC Adult School since 1980. She has a degree in English-Linguistics and Composition with a minor in Spanish from CSULB. She enjoys helping new teachers with resources and material. Besides teaching language and life skills, she also helps her students build their confidence in the new American culture. Velia likes teaching pronunciation and grammar. She also likes engaging students with technology in the Language Media Center.

Jane Quest has been teaching at ABC Adult School since 1986. She has a Masters in German and two teaching credentials. She loves learning languages as well as teaching them, and has spent 18 summers in Cuernavaca, Mexico studying Spanish and 6 summers in Germany at the Goethe Institute. Jane particularly enjoys incorporating grammar skills into life skills, and she likes seeing students at different levels working together.

Jean Rose has taught ESL at ABC Adult School since 1980 and has trained teachers throughout the state with the ESL Institute. She has a M. Ed and an MA in Linguistics. Jean has served as a resource instructor at ABC, helping the teachers meet the many and varied needs of their adult students. Her favorite class to teach is Current Events. She has been teaching Daily News and Weekly News classes for many years.

David Saavedra has a BA in Philosophy from Cal State Fullerton, a teaching credential, and a graduate TESOL Certificate from CSULB. He has taught at ABC Adult School since 1991. He loves teaching because he feels that he learns just as much from the students as they do from him. He particularly enjoys teaching the grammar skill classes.

Jenni Santamaria has been teaching ESL since 1992. She started at San Francisco State University and then spent several years teaching in Barcelona, Spain. She has been at ABC Adult School for 14 years. Jenni enjoys creating materials for teachers and students and has contributed to several published ESL series, including Step Forward and The Oxford Picture Dictionary.

Rebecca Sim enjoys teaching all levels of English to people from many countries and cultures. She has worked at ABC Adult School for eight years but has been teaching English since she was a college student. Rebecca studied East Asian Studies at Brown University and received her Master’s Degree in Education Administration from CalState Fullerton. What she loves most about teaching at ABC is the great diversity of the students.

Mona Suero has a teaching credential and has taught ESL at ABC Adult School since 1990. Before coming to ABC, she taught in Compostela, Spain and at Bellflower Adult School. Mona has lived in Sweden, Spain, and England. She is interested in learning about different cultures and speaks several languages. She particularly enjoys teaching English grammar.

David Wilson lived in Paris, France for several years, teaching English and improving his second language skills. He joined the ABC Adult School faculty in 1989 and now teaches both ESL and online high school Academics. David enjoys helping students achieve their goals, and he particularly likes teaching the Grammar Skills classes.

Maribel Fonseca began her teaching career with ABC as an elementary substitute  teacher.  She returned to Cal State Dominguez Hills and received her Bilingual Teaching Credential. She taught at the elementary level for Lynwood School District, and returned to teach elementary with ABC. In 2014 she joined the ESL Adult School teaching staff. She particularly enjoys teaching the beginning level classes.

Rita Tong loves teaching ESL because she enjoys meeting people from around the world and she loves English.  Rita has a teaching credential and an MA in TESOL.  Prior to coming to ABC Adult School, she taught at Biola University, Cal State University, Fullerton, and UC Irvine. Rita has also worked overseas teaching English at a church in Taiwan for a summer and at a medical college in China for a year.  Rita enjoys teaching at ABC Adult School because the students are highly motivated, eager to learn, and very friendly.

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