The English and ESL department at Bakersfield College supports student
learning and mastery of critical thinking, reading, and writing by teaching
Basic writing proficiency;
Transfer level academic research and writing;
Information competency (in conjunction with the Bakersfield College
Library and its staff);
Reading, appreciation, and/or creation of imaginative literature for both
the specialist and the general ed. population;
English as a second language to meet the reading and writing needs of
both international and native students (especially important given that we are
designated as a Hispanic-serving institution).
The department serves the diverse student
community ranging from recent high school graduates to re-entry or re-training
These students pursue various
academic goals, including the earning of an A.A. or A.S. degree, transfer to a
four-year institution, completion of a vocational / technical certificate
program, and lifelong learning.
communicating ideas and information is at the heart of an education, the English
and ESL department is vital to the college community as a whole.