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ACE/ESL Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​American College English (ACE)/
English as a Second Language (ESL)

American College English (ACE) is an intensive program for students who have lived in the U.S. for several years and require more practice in writing and speaking college-level English, for students who plan to live in the U.S. while attending college, and for students who simply desire greater English fluency to function well in their community.

Is the ACE/ESL Course Pathway right for me?
If English is your second language and you have not intensively studied English in school for the past seven years, or if you do not use English frequently, you will benefit from enrolling in ACE courses.  

In order to be placed into any ACE/ESL course, students will need to complete the ACE/ESL Guided Self-Placement.  Click below to get started.

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Learn more about our programs:

At SCC, we have three ESL programs to help you become fluent in English.  Please review the chart below to see the differ​ences.  The chart shows the Noncredit ESL courses that combine with the College Credit ACE courses.  These combined courses are taught by credit ACE faculty with both credit and noncredit students in the same class at the same time.  Our Continuing Education Noncredit Program offers additional foundational course levels.






American College English (ACE)

ACE 091 Pronunciation​ ​Intermediate  2 units​

ACE 104 + ACE 094 (Optional) Intermediate           ​4.5 units + 2 units  

ACE 106 + ACE095(Optional) High Intermediate   4.5 units + 2 units

ACE 116  Advanced-Composition   4.5 units





  • ACE 104, 106 and 116 transfe​r to ​CSU/UC colleges.


A, B, C, D or F



English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL 530 Pronunciation--Intermediate; Combines with ACE 091

ESL 480 + 470—Intermediate; Combines with ACE 104&094

ESL 601 + 570—High intermediate; Combines with ACE 106 & 095


  • $0 per course for CA residents;
  • not open to Non-residents + additional fees


  • No credits; no units
  • Some ACE courses fulfill certain Continuing Education High School Diploma areas.


P = Pass

SP = Satisfactory


NP = No Progress



English Language Program  (ELP)



  • About $900 per 4 weeks to about $3500 per 16 weeks;
  • Involves 20+ hrs/week;
  • For F-1 students who are not yet ready for ACE courses
  • No—This program is designed to prepare international students for the ACE courses.
  • No—progress is monitored by the SCC International Students' Office