English as a Second Language
Meet Our Students
Meet Apisara Vairojanakich. Apisara is originally from Thailand. She is currently taking ESL 190 with Professor Cain.
Apisara talks about how she is able to read and understand articles faster and more effectively than before because of the reading strategies she has learned from her ESL class. She is also now more confident when she presents in front of the class because she gets plenty of speaking practice in her ESL class.
She advises future students to manage their time well so that they have plenty of time to work on their writing assignments and the lab activities in the Skills Center, which she finds very helpful. In addition, she encourages students to get to know their classmates and make a lot of friends.
Apisara’s plan is to complete her general education classes and pursue a degree in health science at a 4-year university.
Posted May 2018
Meet Esther Lumbala. Esther is originally from the Congo. She had lived in South Africa before coming to the United States in 2014. A year later, she started taking ESL classes at Fullerton College. She said, “The ESL program has contributed a lot to my academic career.” She mentioned how her ESL classes helped her pass a history class that she took during the summer session in 2017. “Because of my ESL classes, I can understand class readings and write my essay assignments more effectively.”
Esther advises all ESL students to “never give up no matter how challenging it can be to learn a new language.” She says, “I am so grateful to the ESL department and all the teachers for all their effort for our success.”
Esther is currently in Cypress College’s Culinary Arts program. She has also been working as a line cook at a senior living home. She hopes to graduate in 2019 with an AA degree and advance her career in the culinary and hospitality industry.
In her spare time, she sings with a choir and performs gospel music with an African community church in Los Angeles.
Posted April 2018
Meet Robert Moshi. Robert has recently completed the core ESL sequence and is currently working on his transfer credits for a degree in Biology.
Robert recalls his first semester at Fullerton College. He said, “When I joined Fullerton College, I was very shy and did not speak much English, but everything changed when I enrolled in my first ESL course … Because of the kindness of the faculty members at Fullerton College, I am now a very different person than what I used to be many years ago as a student. Thank you for inspiring me to keep going no matter the difficulties in life. I used to think that because I am financially poor, I would not go anywhere in higher education, but this changed when I started learning that nothing is impossible if I work hard on it.”
Robert also has some advice for future students. “I would like to encourage all ESL students to use all the helpful and free resources on campus such as the Writing Center, Tutoring Center, and the Skills Center. I would also tell them to never be embarrassed about starting a conversation with a faculty member. Speaking to someone you do not know in a language you do not fully understand can actually be a great step in improving your English. One of the greatest ways to study English is by finding a study partner, someone that is going to motivate you to learn together every day. Stay positive and don’t speak negatively about yourself.”
After Fullerton College, Robert hopes to transfer to UCLA and finish a bachelor’s degree in Biology.
Posted April 2018
Meet Litzia Galvan. Litzia is currently taking ESL 190 with Professor Cain. She credits her ESL classes for improving her use of English grammar and academic vocabulary. “I’m lucky I have great supportive teachers who give me constructive feedback for better coherence in my essays.”
After Fullerton College, Litzia is planning to complete a degree in Biological Science at Cal State Fullerton.
Posted November 2017
Say hello to Christina Esa!
Christina came from Syria four years ago and started taking ESL classes at Fullerton College last year.
After Fullerton College, she plans on transferring to a 4-year university to complete a degree in Chemistry. She credits her ESL classes for improving her language skills, which has helped her in her other classes at Fullerton College.
She has also recently started a part-time job at Disneyland.
Posted November 2017