English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is open to all non-native English speaking students with a desire to gain proficiency and competency in English. We offer a wide variety of Credit and Noncredit classes for students to advance in their chosen career and/or enter college-level credit classes. These include Academic ESL classes and Adult Basic Education Courses that will fit your needs and cover content areas in listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, and study skills.

We also offer certificates for students completing Academic ESL (ESLNC) courses. In order to obtain a Certificate of Competency, students must successfully demonstrate competency in at least one Grammar, Reading & Writing course and one Oral Communication course within one year.

For our credit courses, students have 5 total levels of Reading, Writing, and Grammar to provide a pathway to succeed in college-level English Composition courses. Students can then work toward other college certificates and/or degrees in their field of interest.

Career Opportunities

The mission of Napa Valley College includes providing workforce training for the industries present in the district. These industries include hospitality (wine making, hotel, culinary), healthcare, education, social services and criminal justice.

Both the credit and non-credit curricula in the ESL Program serve as a pathway for students to matriculate into the college’s credit programs which would enable students to pursue certificates, degrees, and/or careers in their future fields of study.

There are many public and private industries and companies in the region that support, employ and service English language learners (ELLs) in the surrounding community. Since the Napa Valley attracts 4 million plus tourists each year, the Napa Valley Grape Growers Foundation, Napa Valley Adult Education, UpValley Family Centers and Puertas Abiertas have identified that the region's workforce (public and private) needs training for their employees on how to better understand the English language in order to carry out the tasks and duties of their jobs, progress in their academic fields of study, function in the course of their daily lives, and understand their rights as migrants. 

Contact Information


Language and Developmental Studies
Building 1000, Office 1031V
Phone: (707) 256-7726


Ms. María L. Villagómez
Senior Dean, Language Arts, Library and Social Sciences
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Email: Mvillagomez@napavalley.edu
Phone: (707) 256-7156

Program Coordinator

Christopher Howe
Professor, English as a Second Language
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Email: Christopher.Howe@napavalley.edu
Phone: (707) 256-7724