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English as a Second Language (ESL)

The ESL program at San Bernardino Valley College is designed for individuals whose first language is not English and who have not yet acquired the English skills necessary to succeed in an English speaking workplace or in college level classes.  The program consists of two types of courses: noncredit and credit

Noncredit ESL

The noncredit ESL courses are designed for individuals who are learning English for the first time or who have had little exposure to the English language.  These courses are designed to develop students' skills in listening, reading, speaking, and basic writing in the English language.

Credit ESL

The credit ESL courses are designed for English language learners who already have some ability to speak, read and understand the English language to increase their English writing skills to the basic level necessary for success in mainstream English courses.

How to Be Appropriately Placed in ESL Classes

Students who plan to take credit ESL courses must take the ESL assessment. Please follow the steps below:

  1. Apply to San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC)

  2. Apply for FAFSA or DreamAct

  3. Complete the Online Orientation at (A Spanish option is available.  For more information, contact one of the ESL counselors below.)

  4. Make an appointment with the Assessment Center to take the ESL assessment by calling (909) 384-4409.  The Assessment Center is located in the Administration Building, room 101.

  5. Schedule an appointment with an ESL counselor for an education plan. 

  6. Register for classes at

For help with any of these steps or if you have questions, please contact our ESL counselors by email:

You can also call us at:

(909) 387-1644

¿Quieres tomar una clase de ESL para aprender Inglés?

Estos son los pasos que deben completarse antes de poder registrarse.

  1. Aplique para admisión en línea en San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC)
  2. Aplique para ayuda financiera FAFSA o DreamAct
  3. Complete su Orientación en línea en (la opción en español está disponible-para información comuníquese con uno de los consejeros indicados abajo).
  4. Haga una cita con el Centro de Evaluación (ubicado en el Edificio de Administración, Sala 101) para tomar la evaluación de ESL llamando al (909) 384-4409.
  5. Haga una cita con el consejero de ESL para un plan educativo.
  6. Registrarse para las clases en

Para obtener ayuda con cualquiera de estos pasos o si tiene preguntas. Por favor, póngase en contacto con un consejero de ESL por correo electrónico:

También puedes llamarnos al:

(909) 387-1644


In preparation for the fall 2022 semester, San Bernardino Valley College will be hosting workshops to help students with orientation and completion of the ESL application and registration.

Participants should attend one of the workshops below:



November 16, 2022

5:00 P.M. to

7:00 P.M.

Liberal Arts Building, Room 203

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December 5, 2022

10:00 A.M. to

12:00 P.M.

Liberal Arts Building, Room 203

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December 7, 2022

5:00 P.M. to

7:00 P.M.

Liberal Arts Building, Room 203

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(Parking is FREE in student parking lots #11, #9, and #10.)

  • [CLICK HERE] for a printable flyer of the Workshops [English translation].
  • [CLICK HERE] for a printable flyer of the Workshops [Spanish translation]

For more information about the ESL program, contact us at:
Phone:  (909) 387-1644