English as a Second Language Program

Program Description

The ESL [English as a Second Language] Program at SFCC is uniquely positioned to deliver high-quality English curriculum to move students along a range of language acquisition proficiency toward increased linguistic skill for future workplace, community or academic purposes.

  • 450 + students each semester from over 10 different countries in Asia, Latin America, Europe and Africa
  • 20 sections of classes in mornings and evenings at 3 different sites
  • 6 levels of English classes
  • 17 qualified and highly experienced instructors on the teaching team
  • Class practice in Reading & Writing, Listening & Speaking, Grammar, Vocabulary and Pronunciation
  • Free classroom learning materials

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


All orientations for new students are given in the Adult Education Department on the main campus of Santa Fe Community College unless otherwise noted. 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.

Orientations for Spring 2019:

Wednesday, January 16 @ 10am – 1pm.
Wednesday, January 16 @ 5:30 – 8:30pm.
Thursday, January 17 @ 10am – 1pm.
Wednesday, January 23 @ 5:30 – 8:30pm.
Thursday, January 24 @ 10am – 1pm.
Thursday, January 24 @ 5:30 – 8:30pm.
Wednesday, January 30 @ 5:30 – 8:30pm at El Camino Real Academy.
Thursday, January 31 @ 5:30 – 8:30pm at Nina Otero Community School.

For more information: 428-1356, 428-1444, or 428-1824

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.

 Laura Bank, ESL Program Manager  ▪  505.428.1824  ▪  laura.bank1@sfcc.edu

 Dafyd Rawlings, ESL Program Coordinator  ▪  505.428.1444  ▪  dafyd.rawlings@sfcc.edu