The Noncredit Registration office is at the SMC Bundy Campus- at 3171 Bundy Drive,
Room 112 in Los Angeles, CA 90066. The phone number is 310-434-3399. The office
is open Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 pm. Due to COVID 19, the office is operating remotely
until further notice.
Anyone who is 18 or older can take these free ESL classes. If you have an international
student visa (F1 visa), you should consult the International Education Center (IEC)
to inquire about ESL classes for international students IntlEd@smc.edu Phone: (310) 434-4217. F1 Visa students are not eligible to enroll in noncredit classes.
Noncredit ESL offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced ESL classes. There is no
charge to take these classes. In noncredit ESL, you will practice listening, speaking,
reading, and writing. You will take tests and do some writing, but the focus is on
learning and improving your English and meeting your goals. Noncredit ESL courses
help you develop the English skills you need to be successful as a community member,
parent, or member of the workforce. They can also prepare you to take college classes.
Noncredit ESL classes do not award college credit or units, so there are no grades.
Noncredit ESL courses are open enrollment. This means that students can join the classes
any time during the term.
Credit ESL courses earn units/credit and are designed for students who want to earn
a college degree or certificate or transfer to a university. Credit ESL courses focus
more on academic reading and writing for college and students earn a grade. Students
must pay tuition and there are deadlines to register for classes.
Call (310) 434-3399 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about registering for free noncredit ESL classes. You will complete a
registration form, take part in an online orientation, and meet with a counselor by
Zoom or by phone. The counselor will help you select the appropriate classes.
Due to emergency circumstances, in-person Intake Orientations are not being offered
at this time.
Classes in the noncredit ESL program are open entry/open exit. This means that students
can join the class at any time during the semester as long as there is space available
in the class.
If the class you want is full, put your name and contact information on the waitlist.
The instructor will contact you when space becomes available.
The classes are free. However, students must purchase their own textbooks and materials.
Books usually cost $30-$50.
You can buy the textbooks online from the SMC bookstore or you can purchase the books
from other online vendors.
Due to COVID 19, all classes are offered online only in Fall 2020. When we are not
in emergency circumstances, noncredit ESL courses are usually held at the Bundy Campus
at 3171 Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.
Students can take any noncredit ESL class that is offered at their level (Beginning,
Intermediate, Advanced). However, students cannot register for two sections of the
Let the instructor know if your schedule changes or you have to stop studying. Counselors
will help you change your class schedule when possible.
Students should always let their instructor know if they need to miss class. Students
who do not attend class regularly may be dropped.
We have a free ESL citizenship course on Mondays and Wednesdays 6-8pm. Students in
this class prepare for the USCIS Citizenship test. The course is free and course materials
Your teacher will determine when your English abilities are at the appropriate level
for you to be promoted to the next level of instruction. Teachers use information
from test scores, student learning outcomes for the level, class assignments, attendance,
and other criteria to decide if students are ready to be promoted to the next level.
At the end of every term, student progress in the course will be marked with progress
indicators. Progress indicators are P for Pass, SP for Satisfactory Progress, and
NP for No Pass. Students who have satisfactorily completed the course and are ready
to move to the next level earn a P (Pass). Students who have made satisfactory progress
but are not yet ready to move to the next level earn a SP(Satisfactory Progress).
Students who have not demonstrated any progress earn a NP (No Pass).
Priority registration is for students who are currently taking noncredit ESL classes
and want to register for classes the next semester. Current students can get priority
registration for the next semester when they:
Complete or update their Noncredit Education Plan with the Counselor.
Attend class for at least 40 hours
Complete CASAS post-test.
Parking is free for students at Bundy Campus. Students must register their car online
to qualify for free parking.
The noncredit ESL program offers free tutoring to students on Tuesdays 12:30-1:30
pm in Zoom.
Visitors are not allowed in the classes. Everyone who attends class must be registered
Child care is not provided on site. The noncredit counselor may be able to connect
you with childcare options in the community.
Let the counselor know of any special needs you have in the orientation. The counselor
will help you connect with Disabled Student Services to arrange for any necessary
The SMC noncredit ESL program does not provide attendance verification for au pairs.
If you are an au pair who needs attendance verification, consult the SMC Community Education office.