Why take ESL at SMC?

  • SMC's academic ESL courses will help you succeed in English 1 and other courses to insure your successful graduation from SMC or transfer to a university.

  • SMC's academic ESL courses will help you correct your language errors in order to write and speak more effective English.

  • SMC's ESL professors have special professional training in teaching students whose native language is not English.

  • SMC's academic ESL courses will enable you to study with other ESL students from around the world in a safe and friendly atmosphere.

  • SMC's academic ESL courses are similar to courses you would take at a university like UCLA; these courses are more challenging than high school and adult school ESL classes.

Strengths of the SMC ESL Program

What's the difference between academic ESL Dept and English Dept classes?

If you are a non-native speaker of English and have lived here for many years, you may have fluent speaking skills, BUT you may have ESL errors in your writing. You need to correct these errors to be successful in your future classes and career, and our ESL courses are specifically designed to help you do that.  

How can I arrange for free ESL tutoring?

How to Schedule a Tutoring Appointment

Schedule a Tutoring Appointment through Corsair Connect

Tutoring FAQ


ESL Dept Conversation Groups:

Group guided by native English speakers and ESL tutors (Fall and Spring semesters only).

ESL 105
Thursday: 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Where is the ESL Dept located?

On the corner of 16th and Pearl Streets

Map of Campus

Where can I purchase my textbooks?

The SMC campus bookstore stocks texts for all our classes, and you may purchase them either in-person or online. Please make sure you order the correct edition of your text. If you have questions, contact your instructor.

Shipping can take from 2-4 weeks, so order the books you'll need EARLY!

SMC online bookstore

For a minimal charge, the campus bookstore will mail your books to you OR hold them for 48-hour pick-up at the bookstore after you purchase them online.