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South County Crosscultural Council

La Playa 
ESL Community

At La Playa, we understand the challenges of making time and space for education. For over twenty years, our focus has been on breaking down the barriers that keep adults and families from learning English—that’s why we’ve cultivated an environment as welcoming and supportive as a gathering among friends.


Here, learning happens in small, intimate classes led by experienced instructors who understand that everyone’s journey is unique. We pride ourselves on being a community where students from diverse backgrounds—Mexico, Spain, Hungary, Japan, China, Ukraine, and beyond—find common ground in their aspirations and achievements.


Our mission is straightforward: to enhance English skills in a setting that feels comfortable and empowering. At La Playa, we focus on improving reading, writing, and speaking abilities, offering our support and understanding at every step of the journey. Students of all levels are welcome


Imagine a place where learning English is as easy as chatting with a neighbor. That's what we strive for at La Playa. Our students are members of a vibrant, supportive family that extends well beyond the classroom.


Learn more about our classes, including locations, times, and enrollment below. For teaching and other volunteer opportunities, please navigate to our "Volunteer" page. 

Now Partnering
Saddleback College



in San Juan Capistrano

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What Our Students Are Saying

"The ESL teachers and students are my friends now and I feel like a part of the Laguna community"

— Claudia Reyes

Now Enrolling

Our Classes

La Playa ESL Community offers free Adult English Classes with in-person instruction in San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Beach. We offer small classes, with materials provided, for Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels. 

San Juan Capistrano Community Center 

(Summer session starts June 12th)

  • Class from 10:00 - 11:30 A.M. Wednesdays


Laguna Beach Community & Susi Q Center

(Summer Session starts July 3rd.)

  • Class from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M Wednesdays

  • Conversation Group from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. Thursdays

Now Partnering with Saddleback College in San Juan Capistrano!

Our spring semester class has concluded. Please check back with us in August for Fall offerings. 


Please note, to fully participate in the course, students must register through Saddleback College at We strongly encourage prospective students fill out our enrollment form so that we can contact you with more information on the formal registration process with Saddleback.

Join Us in Laguna Beach!

English for the workplace

Join us on Wednesdays at the Community & Susi Q Center in Laguna Beach, where our dedicated volunteer teacher, Kolleen, will lead a special class designed to improve  classes at all levels. Whether you're starting your journey in English or looking to advance further, we're here to support you.

Join our Summer Conversation Group!

Join Our Summer English Conversation Group! Practice your English in a fun, friendly environment every Thursday from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Neighborhood Congregational Church in Laguna Beach. Improve your speaking skills through casual conversations with supportive volunteers. This is a chance to gain confidence and make new friends while learning! 

Enroll Today

Ready to dive in? Click here to enroll with us and secure your spot. See below for directions to our class locations:

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Laguna Beach Community & Susi Q Center

380 3rd St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USA

SJC Community Center

25925 Camino Del Avion, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, USA

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