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English Language Resources 

The English language resources listed below are for international scholars, visiting students, post docs and spouses who would like to improve their English language reading, writing, listening, and speaking/conversation skills.

On-Campus Resources

 English in Action Conversation Program (EIA)

English in Action is a volunteer conversation program designed to help UC San Diego international students, scholars and their spouses with conversational English and information about living in the United States and San Diego. Conversation partners usually meet for 1-2 hours per week at a location that is convenient to both, for an average of 12 months.

For more information, visit the website at, or email

English as a Second Language Classes (ESL)

The English as a Second Language Classes (ESL) are primarily evening courses which are especially valuable and tailored to assist those students seeking to improve their English language skills in four core areas: Academic & Business Writing, Conversation & Oral Presentation, Grammar & Vocabulary, and Pronunciation & Fluency.

For more information, visit, or email

International Programs

UC San Diego Extension provides International English, Certificate, and Univeristy Credit Programs for a tuition fee. There are two programs to choose from: a longer 8-week program, or a shorter 4-week course of study. The UCSD Extension catalog has information about qualifications for a discount on Extension courses.

For more information, visit  You can also obtain information at (858) 534-6784 or by email at

UC San Diego Language Laboratory

This self-help laboratory offers audiovisual resources in English as a second language, conversation, listening comprehension, and pronunciation. A UC San Diego ID card is required to utilize these resources. There is no fee for the lab’s services. The Language Laboratory is located in AP&M Building, Room 3432A. The Laboratory is open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and during certain holiday periods.

For more information see Additional information is also available by phone at l (858) 534-0693 or email

I-House Language Conversation Tables

This is a free program hosted by UC San Diego International House. Language Conversation Tables provide the chance to teach and learn a language in a natural environment, through conversation with someone who is fluent/conversational in that language. 

See their page to locate their quarterly-changing schedule.

Language Exchange

This program includes people looking to learn a language and teach their own language. Join the Facebook group to find someone who matches your interest and contact the person to meet and practice languages, and make new friends! To contact, make a post on the Facebook page or email

Table Talk

Table Talk is IFSO's weekly Tuesday English Conversation group. We hope to provide our scholars and faculty of all English language levels with a space to gain language practice, develop connections across departments, and engage in further cultural exchange. Topics of conversation will vary week to week, and small snacks or refreshments will be provided by IFSO, but we recommend bringing your own lunch as well! For a map to the location please visit:!m/166796?s/


If you need more information or are interested in attending, please contact:


Additional Resources

Resources for Children

During the School Year

During the school year, local elementary and secondary schools offer excellent programs of assistance through their English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Check directly with the schools for information about their programs and resources.

During Summer Vacation

Some schools offer summer programs, including English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. Contact the public elementary or secondary school serving the area in which the child lives to see what summer programs may be offered.

Community Resources

English classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced level adults are available both during the day and in the evening in San Diego County. Call the school to find out how to register. Class schedules are available at each center or at the San Diego Public Libraries in the community.

San Diego Continuing Education Centers

Students may enroll at any time during the year. Classes are available at no cost. For further information, visit the website:

Centre City Center
1400 Park Blvd (Downtown)
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 388-4600

North City Center
8401 Aero Drive
San Diego, CA 92123
(619) 388-1800

Community Colleges
Classes start at the beginning of each semester and are available for a fee.

Mesa College
7250 Mesa College Drive
San Diego, CA 92111
(619) 388-2600

Miramar College
10440 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 536-7800

Mira Costa College
*San Elijo Campus
3333 Manchester Drive
Cardiff, CA 92007
(760) 944-4449

*Oceanside Campus
1 Barnard Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056
(760) 757-2121

Palomar College
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-1150