West Valley College offers all levels of ESL courses, from beginning level (960) to advanced (65). Our six-level program begins with a basic 4-skills course (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). For the other five levels, there are three courses at each level: grammar/ writing (GW), listening/ speaking (LS), and reading/ vocabulary (RV).
Fill out a free application to the college. Instructions and application can be found here.
Decide if you should take the ESL placement test:
If your main (native) language is not English, then you should take the ESL placement test.
If your education in elementary school and high school was all in English, then you should take the English (not ESL) placement test.
Check your placement test results online at the WVC portal (you will need your student ID and password) or at the Assessment Office in the Counseling Building by calling 408-741-2035.
Your placement will be a number like 960 (basic), 961 (beginning), 962 (low intermediate), 963 (intermediate), 964 (high intermediate), or 65 (advanced) level. You should choose the classes with the same number as your placement ESL courses.
Choose classes that fit your schedule.
Register for classes on the WVC portal. You will need your student ID number and password and a credit card.
Find more information about orientations.
Find out which books you will need at the college bookstore.
Need help deciding which classes to take? Get an appointment to talk to a counselor (408) 741-2009.
If you have any questions about the ESL program, contact the ESL Department Chair Ann Marie Wasserbauer (408) 741-2486 in Office LA 4D.
Find out where your classes are. Buy your books. Go to the first day of classes (Fall 2013 semester starts on Monday, August 26). Go to school early (parking is very full on the first days of school.)