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Campus closed Thurs., Nov. 23 and Fri., Nov. 24
Campus and college services will be closed Thurs., Nov. 23 and Fri., Nov. 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, and will return to normal operating hours on Mon., Nov. 27. 

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English as a Second Language

Program Description

Shoreline offers basic to advanced level English classes. The lower levels offer intensive English (ESL) to students who need to develop their basic skills. The advanced levels, English for Academic Purposes (EAP), help students move into regular college classes with emphasis on reading and writing about academic topics.

Most students taking EAP can also take regular college classes that do not have an English prerequisite, for example math, some fine arts classes, some psychology classes, and physical education.

After students complete EAP classes, they move on to English 101. English 101 is a college-level English course required for most degrees at Shoreline, and also for transfer to four-year universities.

TOEFL/IELTS and exemption from English language programs:
Shoreline does NOT require international students to take the TOEFL or any other English proficiency tests in order to be admitted. However, students who choose to take TOEFL/IELTS or another test can visit our English Proficiency page to learn about exemption from ESL or EAP. Students who have not taken any proficiency test will take Shoreline's English Placement Test when they arrive on campus for orientation.

Learning Support

Shoreline has a state-of-the-art language lab where students can access audio-visual material, and special software to supplement their classroom studies. Free individual tutoring is available plus additional reading, writing and learning assistance is offered in the Writing and Learning Studio. Shoreline also has several Learning Support Centers that provide tutoring and support for other subjects.