• Acalanes Adult Education, ELL Programs
     There is NO FEE for ELL Classes.
    Classes & Testing times are subject to change. 
    Keep checking for updated information.
    Registration for Winter testing sessions starts 3/14/24
    Spring Classes: March 18 - May 31
    Spring Holidays: 4/1-4/5 No School
    New Students:
    To attend class, students must first take a placement examination and be assigned to a class. Students can register for a testing/orientation session on our website.  Orientation usually takes about 20 minutes and testing takes about 2 hours. Registration is required. 
    Orientation/Testing Dates:
    Testing will begin in March.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, we will limit the number of students attending each session.  Please check our website for testing dates and times.  
    Testing dates:
    Tuesday, March 12 @ 10am
    Wednesday, March 13 @ 10am
    Thursday, March 14 @ 10am  
     All testing is done at the: Del Valle Campus, 1963 Tice Valley Blvd, Walnut Creek.
    Please check-in at the main office in the 100 building on your testing day. Testing will begin immediately at the scheduled time, no late entry.
    ELL Location & Classes: 
    Del Valle Education Center,1963 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek         
    Days of Instruction: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
    Morning Session: 9am-Noon- All levels
    Evening Session: 6-8:30pm or 6:30-9pm - Only online, High Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
     English Language Learner (ELL) Courses:

    Given the nature of the current world pandemic, some ELL classes may be held in person, some will be held online.  Please check our website for updated information.

    Beginning:  The focus of this class is to develop basic speaking, reading, writing and listening skills in English.  This will be accomplished through oral and written exercises, life skills activities, conversation, and the use of multimedia sources so students gain confidence and acquire skills needed for everyday life in the United States.

    High Beginning:  This course provides practice in everyday conversations about essential life skills through basic lessons on vocabulary, grammar, reading/writing, listening/speaking and pronunciation.  It enables students to acquire functional English communication skills that are required for entry-level jobs and everyday life in the U.S.
    Intermediate:  The focus of this class is instruction in English grammar and reading and are designed for adults who have good speaking skills, but who may need help with reading and writing in English. This course aims to improve students’ English grammar, pronunciation, conversation, life skills, reading and writing while learning about the culture within the United States.
    Advanced:  This is designed for students who have some advanced English language skills.  This course aims to develop students’ proficiency levels in all four domains of the English language (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in order to efficiently communicate in everyday situations.  It is also meant to support students in the development of critical thinking skills.  The use of technology will also be integrated.
    CLICK HERE to register for a test session.