Languages & Communication
The Allan Hancock College Languages & Communication is an interdisciplinary department
that serves the student, the academic community, and society at large in all areas
of literacy, communication, and language development. The various programs included
in this department are American Sign Language (ASL), English as a Second Language
(ESL), foreign languages (Spanish, French and Italian), interdisciplinary studies
and speech communication. These individual programs offer rich and diverse courses
and workshops to deepen students’ understanding of multicultural traditions, to provide
breadth of knowledge appropriate for many degree and vocational programs, and to prepare
students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
The department also oversees the Language Lab, which provides assistance to ESL and
foreign language students.
Department Chair: Ardis Neilson
The Humanities Complex (Bldg. C)
The lab is located in Bldg. C, Rm 11.
Main telephone extension: (805) 922-6966, ext. 3732
FAX number: (805) 347-8715
Fall and Spring terms:
Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
(the office is closed for summer term)
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"Deciding to go back to school to learn English and obtain my GED has been one of the most important decisions I ever made. My credit ESL instructors guided and helped me to adjust to my new life as a student. They understood me as a student and as a person. Being a full-time worker, a full-time student, and a mother of three was not easy, but my instructors encouraged me to keep going. They spent time with me revising my writing and giving me feedback to improve my English, even after class time. They made me feel welcome and proud of being a student later in life. Now, I am a Hancock graduate with three AAs and am currently attending Cal Poly. I'm here because my instructors encouraged me to never give up. My ESL instructors believed in me even before I started believing in myself. It has been a long and not so easy road but I now know that I can reach all my goals."
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