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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 또 친구와의 더 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 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
Monday, August 16, 2021, 8:00 am
ESL Fee: No fee for unlimited English classes

ESL Trimester Dates

1st Trimester – August 23, 2021 to December 10, 2021
Last day to register for 1st trimester is November 19, 2021

2nd Trimester – January 3, 2022 to March 18, 2022
Last day to register for 2nd trimester is March 4, 2022

3rd Trimester – March 21, 2022 to June 9, 2022
Last day to register for 3rd trimester is May 20, 2020

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 Center–No Charge to students

11949 215th St., Hawaiian Gardens. Room 2
Multi Level ESL: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30 am-11:30 am
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

ESL Staff

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.

Terridawn Hernandez  is a cum laude graduate of California State University, Long Beach.  She earned a Multiple Subject Clear CLAD teaching credential which has allowed her to teach the past 19 years in the reputable ABC Unified School District.  She has taught at both the Elementary School level and Adult School (12 years).  "It is a joy to teach students ranging in age from 3 years old to 83!"

Christopher Satoru Kowalchuk but prefers to be called "Chris". He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, but spent summers in the Japanese countryside as a child and also lived in Tokyo for 6 years as an adult. Because of these experiences, he knows firsthand the difficulties of living in a new country. Opening a bank account, talking to customer service on the phone, going to the doctor ... these were all very stressful situations! But by studying Japanese a lot in his free time, he was able to feel comfortable living in a foreign country. His goal as an ESL teacher is to help English Learners in the United States feel comfortable here. Please join him and fellow students in learning English so you can achieve your goals and feel good living in this country.

Daniel Lipton, M.A.Ed., is the EL Civics Coordinator and an instructor in the ESL department. He has a Master's Degree in Education from Claremont Graduate University. He also has a California Adult Education Credential in ESL. He has taught at ABC Adult School since 2017. Prior to coming to ABC, he taught abroad in China and throughout Southern California. In his free time, he enjoys studying music and spending time with his family.

Christine Oliveira is the ESL Department Chairperson and Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA).  She has taught ESL at ABC Adult School since 2002.  She has a Designated Subjects Credential and an MA in TESL from CSULB.  She enjoys helping teachers with resources and material.  She has taught various levels, and one of her favorite classes to teach is Civics Ed. 500 Advanced.  Christine loves learning about her students' backgrounds, cultures and goals.

Marcela Perez has been an Adult Education teacher for 14 years. She earned her BA in Liberal Studies & Multi-Cultural Arts at CSULA. Her career began in K-12 education. She worked closely with parents and felt passionate about helping them gain confidence to be able to help their children succeed academically. Adult Education allows her to help her community of adult learners grow and thrive academically, personally and acquire the skills necessary to thrive in the workplace.  At ABC, she strives to create a nurturing and fun environment for all students in our ESL, Civics and Conversation courses!

James Rivera is an educator with 18 years experience. He loves teaching History, Architecture, Art History, Spanish, and ESL. He decided to teach adult school because he wants to help parents fulfill their passions and goals. He is all about family, friends, and enjoying the simple moments. His interests include hiking, boxing, traveling, art, and currently studying architecture and design. His future goal includes writing a book to help children become interested in architecture. 
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.
Rebecca Sim has been teaching ESL for over 10 years. She loves helping new students adjust to life in the United States, and she enjoys talking about grammar and pronunciation and new vocabulary words the same way other people like talking about sports. When she is not teaching, she likes to read, watch movies, learn different languages, and take slow walks in beautiful places, most often along the beach or in an art museum.She also loves drawing and painting. Someday she hopes to travel around the world and paint all the wonderful sights.
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.