English for Speakers of Other Languages

Free Non-Credit ESOL Classes!

ur Program

Our Program

Welcome to Merritt College. Our program is a “bridge” to help you improve your English and your life.

ESOL courses are

*Free

*8 weeks long

All classes for Fall 2021 will be offered online via Canvas and Zoom 

Borrow a FREE computer for class! Click here

 

Bridge to Credit Low Beginning English Courses

Level 1 ESOL 541A
Level 2 ESOL 541B
Level 3 ESOL 541C
Level 4 ESOL 541D

 

ESOL Childhood Development Courses

ESOL 502 English for Infant/Toddler Development
ESOL 503 English for Infant/Toddler Curriculum
ESOL 504 English for Early Childhood Development
ESOL 505 English for Early Childhood Education Curriculum

Fall 2021 ESOL Courses

Fall 2021 ESOL Courses

Session 1
August 23- October 15th

541C – Monday/Wednesday 10-11:30am
541A- Tuesday/Thursday 10-11:30am
541A – Monday/Thursday 6-7:30pm
502 (Child Development) – Tuesdays 6-7:30pm

 

Session 2

October 18th- December 10th

541D – Monday/Wednesday 10-11:30am 541B – Tuesday/Thursday 10-11:30am 541B – Monday/Thursday 6-7:30pm

503 (Child Development) – Tuesdays 6-7:30pm

 

Credit Course: ESOL
English 1AS

August 23rd- December 10th
Wednesdays 7-8:30pm

Academic reading/writingClass is on Zoom one day a week with
homework and assignments in Canvas.

This class has a fee $

Register Here

Meet your Coordinator!
She helps you register for classes.

Brenda Mora
bmora@peralta.edu
Text/Call: 925.587.6387

Brenda Mora is the Fruitvale office Coordinator. She grew up in Oakland and lived in Guadalajara for a few years. There she attended a few years of elementary, middle, and high school. She returned to Oakland in 2000 and graduated from Fremont High in 2002. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology and Spanish from the University of California, Davis in 2007. During her undergraduate work at UC, Davis, worked as a Peer Advising Counselor for the Educational Opportunity Program providing personal and academic counseling to students. She studied abroad at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City in the Fall of 2006. Her first job after graduation was with the Unity Council’s Head Start program as a Family Advocate from 2007 to 2009 and began supporting the Merritt College @Fruitvale office in 2009. Although Brenda does not teach in the classroom, she likes to teach students how to be self-effective and resourceful for themselves, their families, and their communities when she meets with them in the office. Brenda enjoys making new memories with her family. Her children are very silly and her husband loves to make the entire family laugh.

Meet your Teachers!

Meet your Teachers!

Cheryl Eccles
ceccles@peralta.edu
Video

Cheryl Eccles is an adjunct ESOL instructor at Merritt College and has also taught at the American Language Institute (ALI) at San Francisco State University (SFSU). She promotes a collaborative classroom environment guiding her students to realize their own personal goals for academic and personal success. She encourages students to make the connection between college and their future goals, identify potential barriers to their college successes, and discover resources and strategies for overcoming those barriers. She received her BA at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and her MA in English/TESOL at SFSU. She also received a Certificate in the Teaching of Composition, and a Certificate in Teaching Post-Secondary Reading at SFSU. When not teaching, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, taking Spanish classes, and playing board games and ping pong with her family.

 

A.Evan Nichols
anichols@peralta.edu
Video

Evan Nichols is an ESOL and English instructor at Merritt College. He began his career teaching in a special education cooperative in Managua, Nicaragua with the Institute for Central American Development Studies. Next he taught English as a Foreign Language for one year at the Universidad Técnica de Machala in Ecuador. He earned his B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.F.A. in English and Creative Writing (Creative Nonfiction) at Mills College. As a Teacher Consultant with the Bay Area Writing Project, he has taught creative writing camps in Oakland, South Korea, and China. He holds a ClearBilingual, Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate from the State of California as well as a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. He taught for 16 years in California’s K-12 public schools, mostly in Oakland Unified, before reinventing himself as a community college instructor, first at Laney and Diablo Valley College and now at Merritt College, where he has taught full-time since 2016.

 

Emma Donnelly
edonnelly@peralta.edu
Video

Emma Donnelly is an ESOL instructor at Merritt College and a world traveler. Her passion for culture and languages brought her to twenty-six countries around the world. In 2010, she began teaching English to speakers of other languages in Cape Verde, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. Upon her return, she earned a TESOL Certificate from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from University of San Francisco. Since then, Emma has taught in Asia, Europe, Latin America and locally at Cal State East Bay, Ohlone College and College of Alameda. Currently, Emma teaches Bridge to Credit ESOL courses at Merritt College and proudly serves on the Peralta Equity Team.

 

Robert Tindall
proftindall@gmail.com
Video

Robert Tindall is an adjunct ESOL instructor at Merritt College and has also taught at the Academy of Art University. As a storyteller/writer and musician, he promotes the teaching of culture, stories, and songs in English along with grammar, punctuation, and spelling. He also believes humor is important in the classroom and has even been known to tell bad jokes. He encourages students to develop a multicultural perspective, where they can embrace their new sense of identity as English speakers while holding to their own unique cultural backgrounds. Robert received his B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Music from U.H. Manoa, and two Master’s degrees from SFSU, one in English Literature and the other in MATESOL. When not teaching, he enjoys playing guitar, writing his fantasy novel, and boogie boarding with his 11-year-old daughter at the beach in Mendocino

 

Suzan Ormandy
sormandy@peralta.edu

Suzan Ormandy has loved teaching English to newcomers and old-timers at Merritt College for 30+ years!! She believes communication–Speaking Pronunciation, Vocabulary–is important and can be fun too. Join a class! See for yourself! In her free time, she loves to lap swim in a local pool but sometimes in the San Francisco Bay. She also teaches Aqua Aerobics. Gardening is another passion of hers as is spending time with her young granddaughter.

 

 

Jennifer Briffa
jbriffa@peralta.edu

Jennifer Briffa has been teaching at Merritt for 23 years. She is Peruvian American and fluent in Spanish. She was a student at Merritt College back in 1984 and received her AA degree in Child Development in 1986. Her areas of expertise are Anti-Bias Education, Children’s Literature, and Movement and Dance. She has taught Early Childhood Education for the past 37 years in many settings from toddler programs to preschools to elementary classrooms and now at Merritt.

 

 

 

 

Welcome to our Merritt community!

 

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
ESOL Bridge to Credit Program
Four Courses

Level 1
541A – Bridge to Credit ESOL
Level 2

541B – Bridge to Credit ESOL
Level 3

541C – Bridge to Credit ESOL
Level 4

541D – Bridge to Credit ESOL

*You must pass all classes and have 134 in class hours to get a certificate

 

Child Development Non Credit Program

Session 1 August 23-October 15th

CHDEV 502 Introduction to Infant/Toddler Development ESOL 502 English for Infant/Toddler Development

Session 2 October 18th-December 10th

CHDEV 503 Introduction to Infant/Toddler Development Curriculum ESOL 503 English for Infant/Toddler Curriculum

*When you pass all four courses, you will get a certificate!

Spring Semester

Session 1

CHDEV 504 Introduction to Early Childhood Development ESOL 504 English for Early Childhood Development

Session 2

CHDEV 505 English for Early Childhood Education Curriculum ESOL 505 English for Early Childhood Education Curriculum

*When you pass all four courses, you will get a certificate!

Description of Courses

ESOL NON CREDIT COURSES

Level 1

ESOL 541A Bridge to Credit – Level I (8 weeks)

Introduction to basic English through the context of daily life activities: Listening, speaking, reading, and writing; basics of language structures, form, computer literacy, classroom culture and study skills within the context of personal information and circumstances.

  1. Students will become self-advocates by correctly filling out forms, contracts, and applications as needed for life in the United States.
  2. Students will use technology as it pertains to the context of the course.

Level 2

ESOL 541B Bridge to Credit – Level II (8 weeks)

Continuation of ESOL 541A: Listening, speaking, reading, and writing; basics of language structures and form, computer literacy, classroom culture and study skills within the context of jobs.

  1. Students will apply job-related activities to their own job search.
  2. Students will use technology as it pertains to the content of the course.

Level 3

ESOL 541C Bridge to Credit – Level III (8 weeks)

Continuation of ESOL 541B: Listening, speaking, reading, and writing; basics of language structures, form, computer literacy, classroom culture and study skills within the context of academic life.

  1. Students will develop education plans and other credit course readiness skills and materials
  2. Students will use Google software to organize class work.

Level 4

ESOL 541D Bridge to Credit – Level IV (8 weeks)

Continuation of ESOL 541C: Listening, speaking, reading, and writing; basics of language structures, form, computer literacy, classroom culture and study skills within the context of life experience.

  1. Students will assemble a portfolio of projects to demonstrate credit course readiness.
  2. Students will use technology as it pertains to the content of the course.

 

CHILD DEVELOPMENT NON-CREDIT COURSES

ESOL 502

ENGLISH FOR INFANT/TODDLER DEVELOPMENT

English language skills for common infant/toddler development topics: Practice in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

ESOL 503

ENGLISH FOR INFANT/TODDLER CURRICULUM

English language skills for common infant/toddler curriculum topics: Practice in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

ESOL 504

ENGLISH FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

English language skills for common early childhood development topics: Practice in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

ESOL 505

ENGLISH FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CURRICULUM

English language skills for common early childhood education curriculum topics: Practice in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

 

ESOL Credit Course
ENGL 1AS
An academic reading and writing class for ESOL Students

Course: Composition and Reading with Support

English 1AS will help students improve their academic reading and writing skills with the support of an ESOL instructor. Students will practice reading, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, essay structure, and research skills. By the end of this course, students will be able to read and write in different ways.

Course Description: Reading and writing of expository prose with extended instructional support for ESOL students: Critical thinking, identifying logical fallacies, and reasoning inductively and deductively; reading, writing, study, and information literacy strategies.

5 units Fee $

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