California English school goes beyond teaching

A private school at Palomar College aims to help international students learn the English language.

The California English School (CES), located near the Child Development Center on campus, is a private English language school established in 1990 to provide international students quality instruction on the English language.

It helps students improve their overall speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension in English.

CES Student Adviser Ikuko Nemoto wrote in an email, “(CES) is unique in its direct affiliations and close connections with Palomar College, as well as in its size, which provides a compact setting for the students to build tight relationships with their peers and instructors.”

Nemoto also said that in addition to helping with English language, CES helps international students prepare for two-year colleges.

CES also helps with other areas such as immigration, legal status information and the process of transferring to Palomar College.

According to Nemoto, an average of about 40 students per year transfer to Palomar from CES.

“We have helped hundreds of international students over the years,” Nemoto said.

Some students at CES are from Japan, Mexico and Germany, and seem grateful for CES, Nemoto said.

“We have received compliments from our former CES students on how our curriculum helped them achieve their academic goal successfully in college,” Nemoto added.

Current students also had something to say about the program.

Elizabeth Mendoza, who has been in the program for a month now, said, “I can speak (English) and I can understand everything but it’s too hard for me in writing. I’m trying to be better in grammar.”

Student Jun Murakami who has been at CES for four months said that the program helped him in speaking, writing and grammar.

He said that CES had helped him more specifically in grammar.

Nemoto also mentioned classes taken at CES are part of the Intensive English Program.

This program helps students prepare for the the institutional Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is one of the steps to gain admission to Palomar College.

The tuition fee is $3,500 for a full term of 15 weeks plus about $280 for the books.

For more information about CES, email or call (760) 591-4930.

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Author: Rose Miriam Babiarz

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