English for Multilingual Students (EMLS)

Mission Statement: The EMLS department at Fresno City college is dedicated to assisting non-native English speakers improve their English skills, and offers tutoring, conversation practice, counseling and individual support so that students can achieve all their educational and career goals. The department supports all of our students regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, status, accent and/or language.

Finding The Right EMLS Class For You

The English for Multi Lingual Students (EMLS) department offers classes and services for students whose first language is NOT English. Classes are offered in BOTH an Academic- for credit, and a tuition-free, non-credit format. The department offers a sequence of courses that can help you improve your English to get a better job, help your children in school, and work towards your degree or certificate goals. The advanced EMLS course will prepare you for English 1A, as well as other content area classes.

Students are advised to take the Guided Student Self Placement Assessment for accurate placement. This information and assistance from a counselor will help you select the most appropriate course level.

Before you register for classes: 

At Fresno City College, we want to help you succeed, and part of your success depends on enrolling in courses that match your abilities and skill level in English. The EMLS Guided Student Self-Placement process will help place you in all the courses that are the best match for you based on your life circumstances, English ability level, and your overall goals. You cannot “fail” the test and there is no cost to take it.

You can take this test online at home, or you can take it at the FCC Assessment Center.  

To take the assessment online at home, please click here to begin the Guided Student Self Placement 

To make an appointment to test on campus, please call Robert Torrez, the assessment coordinator, at 559-442-4600 ext. 8078, or email him at robert.torrez@fresnocitycolleg.edu

After you complete the process, you will receive a recommended placement into the EMLS course sequence. You can choose either Credit classes or Noncredit classes.

NoteInternational Students have further requirements and documentation to submit for placement. For more information, go to the International Students Office in Student Services Building #108 M-F 9:00 am-5:00 pm, call +1.559.442.8256  or email FCC - International Student Office 

Listening and Speaking

  • Low Intermediate Listening and Speaking
    • EMLS 365LS
    • This course is only offered as a non credit course.
  • Intermediate  Listening and Speaking
    • EMLS 266LS/366LS
  • High Intermediate Listening and Speaking 
    • EMLS 367LS
    • This course is only offered as a non credit course.
  • Advanced Listening and Speaking
    • EMLS 368LS
    • This course is only offered as a non credit course.

Reading and Writing

  • Intermediate Reading and Writing
    • EMLS 266RW/366RW
  • High Intermediate Reading and Writing
    • EMLS 267RW/367RW
  • Advanced Reading and Writing
    • EMLS 168RW/368RW

Pronunciation

  • Low Intermediate Pronunciation
    • EMLS 365P
    • This course is only offered as a non credit course.
  • Intermediate Pronunciation
    • EMLS 266P/366P
  • High Intermediate Pronunciation
    • EMLS 367P
    • This course is only offered as a non credit course.
  • Advanced Pronunciation
    • EMLS 368P
    • This course is only offered as a non credit course.

Grammar

  • Low Intermediate Grammar
    • EMLS 365G
    • This course is only offered as a non credit course.
  • High Intermediate Grammar
    • EMLS 367G
    • This course is only offered as a non credit course.
  • Advanced Grammar
    • EMLS 368G
    • This course is only offered as a non credit course.

The EMLS Department offers two different types of English classes: Academic- for credit EMLS classes or Non-credit EMLS classes. Students can take both a credit academic course and a non-credit elective class in the same semester. Students can also switch from the non-credit track to the credit track as they progress through the levels.

Academic EMLS classes (200 level) are:

  • Students who want to learn English and plan to get a degree, certificate or transfer
  • Three levels from low-intermediate to advanced in Reading/Writing
  • Students are responsible for tuition, enrollment, health, and ASB fees
  • Letter Grades

Non-credit classes (300 level) are (you must be a California resident to qualify for tuition free classes):

  • Students who want to learn English for personal improvement or job advancement
  • Tuition free and can be repeated up to 3 times
  • Pass/No Pass Grades
  • Students only need to pay the college health fee and ASB fee

There are 3 Off Site Locations where Fresno City College will be offering courses; Clovis Adult School, Fresno Adult School, and The Sikh Institute 

The EMLS Off-Site Classes Offered in FALL 2022 are as follows:

Clovis Adult School, 1452 David E. Cook Way, Clovis, CA 93611

Listening and Speaking
Intermediate Level- EMLS 266/366LS
Hybrid Course: In person class on Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:50pm + Web 
9/07/2022-12/07/2022
Classroom: F2

Orientation Dates:
August 31st, 2022 at 1:00pm, Room D10 and F2
August 31st, 2022 at 5:30pm, Room D10 and F2

For more information, please contact:
Clovis Adult School: Barbara Hassen at (559) 327-2800, you may also reach her by emailing barbarahasnsen@clovisusd.k12.ca.us

Fresno City College: Eric Morin at  (559) 759-6291 (cell) or at (559) 244-2608 (Office) you may also email him at eric.morin@fresnocitycollege.edu

Fresno Adult School, 2500 E. Stanislaus St., Fresno CA, 93721

Reading and Writing:
Intermediate Level- EMLS 366RW
Hybrid Course: In person class on Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00pm-2:50pm + Web
8/15/2022-12/16/2022
Classroom: 203

Listening and Speaking:
Low Intermediate Level- EMLS 365LS
In person class: Will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00pm-1:50pm
8/16/2022-10/13/2022
Classroom: 203

Pronunciation: 
Low Intermediate Level- EMLS 365P
In person class: Will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00pm-2:50pm
8/16/2022-10/13/2022
Classroom: 203

Grammar:
Low Intermediate Level- EMLS 365G
In person class: Will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00pm-2:50pm
10/18/2022-10/20/2022

In person class: Will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00pm-1:50pm
10/25/2022-12/15/2022
Classroom: 203

Orientation Dates: 
August 23rd, 2022 at 9:00am, Room 208
August 24th, 2022 at 9:00am, Room 208
September 1st, 2022 at 9:00am, Room 208

For more information, please contact:
Fresno Adult School: Keda Buttles at (559) 457-6025 or (559) 433-5887 (office), you may also email Keda at keda.buttles@fresnounified.org

Fresno City College: Eric Morin at (559) 759-6291 (cell) or at (559) 244-2608 (Office) you may also email Eric at eric.morin@fresnocitycollege.edu

Sikh Institute, 4827 N Parkway Dr., Fresno, CA 93722

Listening and Speaking:
Low Intermediate Level- EMLS 365LS
In person class: Will meet Saturdays 10:00am-11:05am
8/13/2022-12/03/2022
Classroom: TBA

Pronunciation:
Low Intermediate Level- EMLS 365P
In person class: Will meet Saturdays 11:15am-12:20pm
8/13/2022-12/03/2022
Classroom: TBA

Orientation:
July 31st, 2022 from 10:00am-2:00pm

For more information, please contact: 
Manjeet Singh at (559) 301-6032 (cell) or (559) 442-8286 ext. 8357 (office). Please leave a message and Manjeet will get back to you.
You may also email Manjeet at manjeet.singh@fresnocitycollege.edu 

Eric Morin at (559) 759-6291 (cell) or at (559) 244-2608 (Office)
You may also email Eric at eric.morin@fresnocitycollege.edu 

EMLS Certificates of Competency

Students who wish to obtain a Certificate of Competency to document their progress and improvement in English skills must complete the required coursework and apply for graduation. This certificate will be posted on your transcript and you can show it to employers. To add the certificate to your education plan, please contact the counselors listed under Contact Information at the bottom of this page. 


Low Intermediate Academic and Vocational Certificate of Competency (F.5301.CP)

  • EMLS 366RW- Intermediate Reading and Writing
  • EMLS 365LS- Intermediate Listening and Speaking
  • EMLS 365P- Intermediate Pronunciation
  • EMLS 3665G- Intermediate Grammar

High Intermediate Academic and Vocational Certificate of Competency (F.5300.CP)

  • EMLS 367RW- High Intermediate Reading and Writing
  • EMLS 367LS- High Intermediate Listening and Speaking
  • EMLS 367P- High Intermediate Pronunciation
  • EMLS 367G- High Intermediate Grammar

For assistance with registration, you may contact with a counselor in the following ways:

  • Complete this EMLS Interest Survey and a counselor will reach out to you.
  • Attend one of the Application/Orientation sessions. A list of dates/times are provided below.
  • Contact an Adult Education/EMLS counselor. Contact Information for counselor are listed below.

If you know which classes you want, and do not need assistance with registration, you may log into My Portal and register using Self Service.

If you are a Dreamer (DACA) student, you may contact the Dream Center Office for help with registration or financial aid.

My Portal Log In information

You can access your Student Email, Canvas, Self Service, and other useful tools through My Portal. Click on My Portal located at the top right of any webpage on the Fresno City College website to access your dashboard. The video below will give you step-by-step instructions on how to access My Portal

SEARCH AND REGISTER FOR CLASSES THROUGH WebAdvisor

Review the FCC Registration Instructionsfor student portal login information, step-by-step instructions on how to register, and helpful registration tips and reminders.

For login assistance call the Student Systems Support call center at 559.499.6070 or visit the Technology Help webpage for additional information.

For more information, visit our Student Steps to Success page

Enrollment Guide

Tutoring Services – PASS Center Embedded Tutors

PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) is the English Support Center at Fresno City College. They offer drop-in tutoring and supplemental instruction (tutors embedded in EMLS courses). PASS is known for superior support of reading and writing. You will have PASS tutors in many of your EMLS classes.  Watch the video to learn more about what the PASS center has to offer.   FCC PASS Center

Application/Orientation Session

All students who are considering taking EMLS courses are encouraged to attend an Application/Orientation session.

Students will have the opportunity to speak to counselors and receive assistance in completing their FCC application. Student will also be given an opportunity to receive information about courses and schedules during the sessions. 

Please see below for our dates and times. If none of the dates and times work for you, please contact any of the counselors to schedule an appointment.

Take the EMLS interest survey to receive the Zoom meeting links to the Application/Orientation Sessions: EMLS Interest Survey

Application/Orientation Dates and Times

Date Time Location (Virtual) Meeting Information
Monday, October 17, 2022 9:00am https://scccd.zoom.us/j/81392334789?pwd=Vnh0em9BZGVBK2lIOHo5RHFhdVdCUT09 Meeting ID: 813 9233 4789 Passcode: 618032
Thursday, October 27, 2022 6:00pm https://scccd.zoom.us/j/81392334789?pwd=Vnh0em9BZGVBK2lIOHo5RHFhdVdCUT09 Meeting ID: 813 9233 4789 Passcode: 618032
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 3:30pm https://scccd.zoom.us/j/81392334789?pwd=Vnh0em9BZGVBK2lIOHo5RHFhdVdCUT09 Meeting ID: 813 9233 4789 Passcode: 618032
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 12:00pm https://scccd.zoom.us/j/81392334789?pwd=Vnh0em9BZGVBK2lIOHo5RHFhdVdCUT09 Meeting ID: 813 9233 4789 Passcode: 618032
Monday, November 14, 2022 6:00pm https://scccd.zoom.us/j/81392334789?pwd=Vnh0em9BZGVBK2lIOHo5RHFhdVdCUT09 Meeting ID: 813 9233 4789 Passcode: 618032
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 9:00am https://scccd.zoom.us/j/81392334789?pwd=Vnh0em9BZGVBK2lIOHo5RHFhdVdCUT09 Meeting ID: 813 9233 4789 Passcode: 618032
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:00pm https://scccd.zoom.us/j/81392334789?pwd=Vnh0em9BZGVBK2lIOHo5RHFhdVdCUT09 Meeting ID: 813 9233 4789 Passcode: 618032

Contact Our Counselors: 

Eric Morin
Phone: 559.244.2608  

Crystal Lee 
Phone: 559.244.2609 

Araxy Markarian
Phone: 559.244.2610

Hours and Location

Office Hours vary. Please contact a counselor directly to schedule an appointment. Appointements are conducted via zoom, phone, and/or in person.

Location:
HS-158 (Health Sciences #29) 
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