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Davies Hall - American River College Campus

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Dept. Chair:

Sanda Valcu





Diana Hicks




The English as a Second Language (ESL) Department at American River College offers over 75 sections at eight different levels, from novice to advanced. Some of our courses are taught as hybrid classes (half in the classroom and half online) or completely online. In our ESL Center, students can work at their own pace on the areas of English that they need most.  Many of our students are improving their English skills in order to earn a certificate, complete an Associate's degree, or to transfer to a university, while other students are here to improve their English skills for their jobs.

Our students come from all over the world. Our largest language groups are Russian and Arabic, followed by Farsi, Ukrainian and Spanish.  However, at any given time we have students from more than thirty different countries, speaking more than thirty different languages.

Our faculty is also diverse. Many of us have lived and taught in other countries and speak more than one language. We are united in our love of teaching ESL. American River College is a great place to be. Come and visit us.