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!


ESL Fee: $5 Processing fee per Trimester for unlimited English classes – Cash, Check or Credit Card

Cuesta Campus

12254 Cuesta Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 229-7960, Ext. 25015

Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Friday 7:30 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, CA 90703
(562) 809-9011

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

Helen Rosas Center

22150 Wardham Street
Hawaiian Gardens, CA
Multi-purpose room A
Multi-level ESL: Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 12:10 pm
Please register in class

Frank E. Woodruff Elementary School

15332 S. Eucalyptus Street
Bellflower, CA 90706

Multi-Level ESL: Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Please register in class. No charge to students.

Fedde Community Center

11949 215th St
Hawaiian Gardens, CA 90716

Multi-Level ESL: T-W-Th 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Please register in class. No charge to students.

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).

How to Choose a Class?

  1. After registration, the student’s language level is assessed at the Assessment Center.
  2. The language assessment takes about one hour.
  3. Students are placed in classes based on their assessed language level.


ESL Department Instructors

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. Before coming to ABC 21 years ago, 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 for 8 years.

Bob Marseille graduated from Loyola University in 1972 and then enlisted and served four years in the U.S. Navy. He worked at a hospital for three years and then went back to school to earn his teaching credential. He has been teaching ESL at ABC Adult School since 1980.

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 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. Besides teaching language and life skills, she also helps her students build their confidence in the new American culture. Velia enjoys 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 for 32 years 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 for 11 years. 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 for 25 years. 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.

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