English Language Acquisition
Get to Know ELAC
Our ESL program is English Language Acquisition (ELAC), which supports you in your development of academic English. ELAC classes are not basic skills or remedial. They are for students who are multilingual and studying English as a second or foreign language at intermediate to advanced levels.
The classes you take here will focus on all English communication skills necessary
to be successful in college level work as well as how to navigate your way through
college in the United States. You can earn transferable credit to CSUs and UCs in
our highest level class, ELAC 145.
Course Catalog Description
Interested in taking ELAC classes at City?
Click on the "Get Started" tab below! And be sure to take the ELAC Guided Self-Placement to know which classes to register for.
Contact the ELAC Chair, Professor Jennifer Boots ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) with questions about our program or for more information.
Important note: In fall 2022, there is no vaccine requirement for students.
Some ELAC classes will be held on campus and some online. Most of our day classes will be on campus and evening classes will have online live sessions. All classes will be fun and engaging! The required class times will be during the days and times listed in the class schedule. Please click on "ELAC Classes" below for a more detailed schedule.
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Are you a new student and not sure which ELAC classes to take?
Complete the ELAC Guided Self-Placement to determine your skills level.
We're excited that you are taking the first steps on your journey to expanding your
academic English with us. If you have any questions or get stuck on any of the steps
below, please contact Professor Jennifer Boots (email@example.com). We're here to help you!
All new students must register through CCC Apply before beginning classes at City
The Online Orientation video will help you get to know the campus and learn about
the resources at City College that will help you succeed.
This online guided self-placement will let you know which ELAC classes we recommend
you take. If you think the recommended classes are too difficult (placement is too
high), you can register for any classes below your level. If you think the recommended
classes are too easy (placement is too low), you can contact the ELAC Chair, Jennifer
Learn more about City College and what your Milestone levels mean through the series
of videos in the online Education Planning Workshop. Then meet with a counselor to
create a 1-2 semester Education Plan so that you know which classes to register for.
Call the Counseling Department (619-894-6118) or schedule an on campus or online appointment today!
If you have trouble with registering for your classes, you can contact the Peer Advocate Center (619-800-2739). We know it can be a complicated process, but we're here to help!
Step 6: Attend your Classes (on campus and online options for fall 2022)!
The first day of fall 2022 ELAC classes is Monday, August 29th.
Still not sure what to do or where to start?
Join us at our ELAC Information Sessions where you can get to know more about the ELAC program, talk with your future professors, and learn about some of the work you will do in your ELAC classes.
For fall 2022, some ELAC classes are taught on campus and some are taught fully online with required live online sessions during the scheduled remote times.
ELAC 5a/b - English Grammar - 2 units
Online: Fri 8:35am-11:00am; 9/6-12/17/2022
ELAC 15- Introduction to English Literacy and Communication - 9 units
On Campus: Mo/We/Fr 11:10am-12:35pm + WEB; 8/29-12/17/2022 (13542)
Online: Tu/We/Th 6:00pm-7:30pm + WEB; 8/29-12/17/2022 (13543)
ELAC 23- Academic Listening and Speaking I - 6 units
On Campus: Tu/Th 9:35am-11:00am + WEB; 8/29-12/17/2022 (13528)
ELAC 25- Integrated Reading, Writing, and Grammar I - 6 units
On Campus: Mo/We 11:10am-12:35pm + WEB; 8/29-12/17/2022 (13544)
ELAC 33- Academic Listening and Speaking II - 3 units
On Campus: Tu/Th 9:35am-11:00am; 8/29-12/17/2022 (13529)
Online: Mo 6:00pm-7:30pm + WEB; 8/29-12/17/2022 (15640)
ELAC 35- Integrated Reading, Writing, and Grammar II - 6 units
Online: Tu/Th 6:00pm-7:35pm + WEB; 8/29-12/17/2022 (13531)
ELAC 145- Integrated Reading, Writing, and Grammar III - 6 units
On Campus: Mo/We 9:35am-11:00am + WEB; 8/29-12/17/2022 (13532)
Online: Tu/Th 6:00pm-7:30pm + WEB; 8/29-12/17/2022 (15649)
ELAC 15 - All skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Grammar)
- Read a text and compose a paragraph using information from the text in the response.
- Comprehend and respond to multi step instructions appropriately.
ELAC 23 - Academic Listening and Speaking I
- Effectively collaborate and express personal opinions in a small group.
- Accurately identify and express the central idea of an audio text/presentation/discussion.
ELAC 25 - Academic Reading, Writing, and Grammar I
- Effectively organize and compose a multi-paragraph written piece.
- Accurately summarize and effectively reflect on the written work of another.
ELAC 33 - Academic Listening and Speaking II
- Discuss and effectively defend a position in a small group setting.
- Accurately identify and summarize the main points of an audio text/presentation/discussion.
ELAC 35 - Academic Reading, Writing, and Grammar II
- Compose an organized, multi-paragraph piece that effectively responds to the work of another.
- Interpret and evaluate a full length novel or memoir.
ELAC 145 - Academic Reading, Writing, and Grammar III
- Analyze and synthesize the written works of others and compose an organized, multi-paragraph piece in response.
- Revise and reflect on own written work that demonstrates an advanced level of reading, writing, and critical thinking.
ELAC 5A - English Language Grammar
ELAC 5B - English Language Grammar
ELAC 7 - Pronunciation
ELAC 16 - Accelerated class (must also be enrolled in ELAC 15)
- Revise and expand on own written work that demonstrates an intermediate level of reading, writing, and critical thinking.
ELAC 26 - Accelerated class (must also be enrolled in ELAC 25)
- Revise and expand on own written work that demonstrates an intermediate-high level of reading, writing, and critical thinking.
After successfully completing ELAC 145, we recommend you register for English 101x.
ELAC Program Learning Outcomes
- Read and comprehend texts, recognize author strategies, purpose, perspective and argument, and use critical thinking to evaluate a variety of writing.
- Organize ideas and information and express them clearly and effectively in writing for both academic and workplace contexts for different communicative purposes.
- Describe, explain, and analyze multiple perspectives on issues in ways that demonstrate global awareness and appreciation of diversity in its many manifestations.
- Apply strategies both inside and outside the classroom that reflect an understanding of the reading and writing processes in order to become life-long learners, critical thinkers, and active citizens.
- Develop effective verbal and presentational skills for a variety of communication situations.
Jennifer Boots, ELAC Chair
Hi! I am Jen. I have been teaching ELAC and English at City College since 2006. I enjoy working with my classes on projects that raise awareness and affect change in our communities. Similar to many of my colleagues, I have lived abroad teaching English - for me, in Japan - and have a passion for traveling to new places. I also enjoy camping, hiking, and trying out new restaurants. I look forward to working with you! In fall 2022, I am teaching ELAC 25. Welcome to City College!
Greetings, City College students! My name is Katy Bailey; please call me Katy. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I earned my Bachelor's in French and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and my Master's in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language at San Diego State University. I have taught English reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar to a wide variety of students - from middle school students in South Korea to undergraduate students at San Diego State University. In every class, students are encouraged to work together to create a respectful (and even fun!) community. As an instructor, I do my best to tailor lessons to students' individual English language needs and goals. I look forward to helping you achieve your own personal, academic, and professional language objectives.
In fall 2022, I am teaching ELAC 5a and 5b.
I love traveling and learning more about other cultures and languages. I realized that when I work with the diverse population of students here at City, I get to "travel" all over the world without ever leaving San Diego. It is exciting to get to know so many interesting people every semester. I enjoy helping students find out more about how they learn best and what they are passionate about to help motivate them in their language learning journey. I also enjoy growing fruits and vegetables and cooking as much as I can with what we grow at our own home, which we call "The Urban Nest." In fall 2022, I am teaching ELAC 33 and 35.
Hello, San Diego City College students! I have been teaching ELAC and English at City College since 2007. Before that, I taught English in South Korea for two years. I truly enjoy teaching because of the many different perspectives and experiences that my students bring to the classroom. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, playing tennis, running, reading, listening to music (especially live music!), and spending time with my wife and my dog. In fall 2022, I am teaching ELAC 145. Welcome to the City College ELAC program!
Welcome new and returning students! In the past, I was a French teacher, but after I spent time helping elderly refugees with English, I went back to school to learn how to teach English as a Second Language. I love meeting people from different countries and cultures, so I look forward to working together with you. I wear many "hats," at our school (I teach different subjects), so if you have questions about English, ESL, or learning technology, please feel free to reach out with any questions. In fall 2022, I am teaching ELAC 33.
Hello, City College students! I love to talk about grammar and language with interesting people from around the world. I'm a local boy who graduated from San Diego High School, UCSD, and SDSU. Outside of class, I spend time with my wife, daughter, and two dogs. For fun, I study languages, make music, watch TV and documentaries, play video games, and eat. My classroom is always fun and interactive, and I will teach you skills you will use for the rest of your life. I hope to see you soon! In fall 2022, I am teaching ELAC 23.
Hi, I’m Jaquelin! I started teaching in San Diego in 2015. I have taught at Miramar College, Grossmont College, and Continuing Ed. I love meeting new people and learning about their culture. Learning languages is meaningful to me because it allows us to share our stories with each other. I am an online student, just like you. I am currently studying computer science at Oregon State University. I can’t wait to meet you!
In fall 2022, I am teaching ELAC 145.
Hi everyone. My name is Professor David Walsh, and I am originally from the Boston area; however, San Diego has been my home for the past 35 years. San Diego City College is also home because I have been teaching here since 2010. I am a proud graduate of San Diego City College and San Diego State University with a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Applied Linguistics for teaching college-level English courses for non-native speakers. I teach all levels of English and ESL (ELAC) courses on our campus. Some of the topics we have explored in my courses include immigrant and refugee experience, literacy in the digital age, education, identity, mental health in the Western world, success, The American Dream, technology, free-speech, and so much more. I always do my best to select topics and texts that are relevant to current events and our specific classroom community. I am also a member of the English Center support staff, providing workshops for our students and tutors, so please stop by to say hello. Some of my likes are books, kindness, generosity, and humor. My dislikes are borders (of any kind), cruelty, and inequality. I look forward to meeting and working with you.
I have been teaching ESL for 20 years and I am passionate about my job. In addition
to teaching at several community colleges in San Diego, I also taught ESL in Switzerland
for three and a half years and learned to speak German. I joined the ELAC department
at SDCCD in 2005. The best part about my job at City is working with City College's
wonderful mix of students from all over the world. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy
being in nature and spending time with my family. I also like cooking and the picture
on the left is of my herb garden. Welcome to the ELAC program at City and I hope to
meet you in one of my classes soon!
I have been a teacher for the past 17 years and it has been my absolute passion and
calling. I earned my B.A. in International Studies from the University of Little Rock
at Arkansas and my M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages)
from City University of New York, Hunter College. My first teaching job was in a high
school in Queens, New York, where all the students were newcomers. I loved working
with this population of students, but life brought me to the West Coast where I started
teaching in all of the local community colleges, such as Southwestern, City, Mesa,
Palomar and Grossmont. For the past 5 years, I have been blessed to call City my forever
home. I usually teach ELAC classes in addition to English 47A and 101. In my free
time, you can find me spending time with my mom, husband, and just-turned-teenage
son. I am originally from Croatia, a small country in Europe, but have been living
in the States for the past 30+ years.
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