English as a Second Language Program


Program Description

The ESL [English as a Second Language] Program at SFCC delivers high-quality English classes to move students along a range of English proficiency toward increased language skill for future workplace, community or academic purposes.

  • 450 + students each semester from over 10 different countries in Asia, Latin America, Europe and Africa
  • Classes in mornings and evenings at 3 different sites
  • 6 levels of English classes: Beginning to Advanced
  • Qualified and highly experienced instructors
  • Reading & Writing, Listening & Speaking, Grammar, Vocabulary and Pronunciation
  • English Language skills practice for Career and Academic Pathways

NOTE: During COVID-19, we have limited classes and fewer spaces in each class. Classes are ONLINE ONLY during the pandemic. Students need an email address, internet access, and ability to join video conference calls.

Typical Fall and Spring Semesters: 12 week semesters, 5 hours per week
Levels 1 – 4 Monday and Wednesday, 8:30 – 11AM or 6 – 8:30PM @ SFCC
Levels 5 – 6 Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 – 11AM or 6 – 8:30PM @ SFCC
Levels 1 – 3 Monday and Wednesday, 6 – 8:30PM @ El Camino Real Academy
Levels 1 – 3 Tuesday and Thursday, 6 – 8:30PM @ Nino Otero Community School

Typical Summer Session: 4 weeks in June, 4 days / week, all classes at SFCC
Levels 1 & 2:
MORNINGS: Monday – Thursday, 8:30 – 10:30am
Extra practice Class: Monday – Thursday, 11am – 1pm
EVENINGS: Monday – Thursday, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Levels 3 & 4:
MORNINGS: Monday – Thursday, 8:30 – 10:30am
Extra practice Class: Monday – Thursday, 11am – 1pm
EVENINGS: Monday – Thursday, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Levels 5 & 6:
MORNINGS: Monday – Thursday, 8:30 – 10:30am
Extra practice Class: Monday – Thursday, 11am – 1pm
EVENINGS: Monday – Thursday, 6:00 – 8:00pm


In a regular [non-pandemic] year, all orientations for new students are given in the Adult Education Department on the main campus of Santa Fe Community College. New students only need to attend ONE orientation session. Orientations are 3 hours long with a program description, testing for placement, and advising/registration. Do not be late to an orientation – you will not be admitted.

COVID-19 restrictions – New Student Orientations for Spring 2021:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, new student orientations are by appointment only until January 22. Students must have an email address, internet access, and ability to connect to Zoom video conference calls. Interested students should contact Jeff Hornstein, ESL Program Liaison, at 505.428.1838 or jeff.hornstein@sfcc.edu . Leave a message with your name, email address and telephone number. Your call will be returned to schedule an appointment for registration and a listening-speaking test for class placement. In the future, as the State of New Mexico and SFCC adjusts restrictions, we will re-evaluate our ability to conduct in-person orientations to new students.

For more information: 428-1838, 428-1356, or 428-1444

About Us

The English as a Second Language Program at Santa Fe Community College has as its mission to provide non-native English speakers with opportunities to develop English language skills and cultural competency necessary to improving their success at home, at work, and in the community.

▪ Be over 16 years of age AND not a student in a K-12 school
▪ Attend an orientation and take tests in Reading, Listening / Speaking, and Writing to determine your proficiency level
▪ Pay a $25 registration fee every session

▪ Workplace/Employment: get a job, raise or promotion with positions requiring English
▪ Family: help children with homework and being able to talk to children’s teachers
▪ Community: participate in community events
▪ Academic: preparation for certificate and college degree programs
▪ Civic: to help with the residency and citizenship process

▪ Attend every class and participate in all activities
▪ Take multiple classes to increase your exposure to English.
▪ Do your homework and assignments given by the teacher
▪ Continue to practice all your English skills OUTSIDE OF CLASS!
▪ Ask questions! We are here to help you learn English.
▪ Follow all policies at SFCC and off-Campus locations where classes meet

For information and to schedule your required information session please contact Adult Education at 505-428-1356.

Hablamos español. Llame al 428-1356.

Elective Classes


Students can register for the following classes in addition to their regular level classes:

▪ Beginning Reading and Writing for Level 1 and 2 students
▪ Intermediate Reading and Writing for Levels 3 and 4 students
▪ Advanced Reading and Writing for Level 5 and 6 students




We offer excursions every semester. Places we have been to in the past are local museums, art venues, and cultural events. Students and their families are always invited to attend.


Dafyd Rawlings
ESL Program Manager

Jeff Hornstein
ESL Program Liaison