English Language Acquisition (ELAC)

Beginning fall 2018, our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses will be replaced with a new program and new courses called English Language Acquisition (ELAC).

Our English Language Acquisition (ELAC) courses are designed to address the needs of students with a variety of levels and needs with the ultimate goal of achieving academic skills required for college and beyond. We pride ourselves as one of the most diverse campuses in the region and as such we reflect the San Diego neighborhoods that surround us. Our goal is to provide a dynamic learning environment where student can become active members of the larger campus community. With that goal in mind, our four-tier program is streamlined so that students can enter transfer-level courses expediently.

Program Emphasis: We strongly believe in and support integration rather than division of skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) that non-native speakers need to acquire in their journey toward both fluency and accuracy. Thus, in our classes we use materials that are not only authentic, but meaningful to our students’ background, experiences, and life circumstances, and we do so through a variety of genres. We believe in empowering our students through student-centered and interactive learning environment where they can become independent learners and thinkers.

Career Options: In a today’s ever-changing and fast-moving environment, employers are seeking creative thinkers that can perceive situations from different perspectives and offer solutions. Our students are eager to participate in this workforce and are pursuing a variety of careers which are in high demand in our region, such as hospitality industry, medical and biotechnology, clean tech, information and communication technology, just to name a few. In addition, many of our students appreciate independence and autonomy; as a result, they want to be self-employed, or want to become business owners adding to the multicultural tapestry of our city.

Below is a flowchart that details the courses in the ELAC program, an explanation of the program, and descriptions of each course. Questions? Contact the ESOL/ELAC Coordinator, Professor Kori Zunic (kzunic@sdccd.edu)


A flowchart that details the courses in the ELAC program, an explanation of the program, and descriptions of each course. Questions? Contact the ESOL/ELAC Coordinator, Professor Kori Zunic (kzunic@sdccd.edu)

Course Descriptions


The English Language Acquisition (ELAC) program is committed to supporting non-native speakers of English in developing their academic English language skills to enable them to succeed in college courses. We o er a range of courses designed to engage students from low-intermediate to advanced levels of English. Core courses consist of integrated academic reading, writing, and grammar as well as academic listening and speaking. Specialized courses in areas such as pronunciation and focused grammar are also o ered to support the individual needs of each student.

The ELAC program consists of four levels. Students are placed at a level based on an assessment test.

The first level, L19, of the ELAC program is low-intermediate and consists of a nine-unit course, ELAC 15 (Introduction to English Literacy and Communication), that supports English language learning in academic reading, writing, grammar, as well as academic listening and speaking. Some students at the beginning levels of developing their academic English skills may nd this course challenging, and may be better served through Continuing Education prior to taking ELAC 15. Students who desire progressing through the program at an accelerated pace may take a two- unit elective course, ELAC 16 (Accelerated English Language Acquisition), which supports students in preparing to challenge the second level course of academic reading, writing, and grammar, ELAC 25.

The second level, L20, of the ELAC program is intermediate and consists of two core courses, each of which are 6 units - ELAC 23 (Academic Listening and Speaking I) and ELAC 25 (Integrated Reading, Writing, and Grammar I). We recommend that students attending part-time take ELAC 23 prior to taking ELAC 25. Students who desire progressing through the program at an accelerated pace may take a two-unit elective course, ELAC 26 (Accelerated English Language Acquisition), which supports students in preparing to challenge the third level course of academic reading, writing, and grammar, ELAC 35.

The third level, L30, of the ELAC program is high- intermediate and consists of two core courses - ELAC 33 (Academic Listening and Speaking II), which is 3 units, and ELAC 35 (Integrated Reading, Writing, and Grammar II), which is 6 units. We recommend students take ELAC 33 prior to taking ELAC 35 if they prefer to take 6 units or less in a semester.

The fourth level, L40, of the ELAC program consists of a 6 unit advanced level course, ELAC 45 (Integrated Reading, Writing, and Grammar III). Upon successful completion of ELAC 45, students are prepared to take English courses (ENGL 47A or ENGL 101 & 31).

Students who place at L19, L20, or L30 must complete ELAC 45 and ELAC 33 prior to taking English courses. Students who place at L40 only need to complete ELAC 45.

15 Introduction to English Literacy and Communication 9 hours lecture, 9 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Advisory: Assessment Skill Level L19. Students are advised to take the ELAC placement test prior to enrollment and perform at L19.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 7, English 58, English for Speakers of Other Languages 19, or English for Speakers of Other Languages 19A.
This course provides non-native English speakers with the skills to integrate reading, writing, grammar, and oral communication at the low-intermediate level. Emphasis is placed on comprehending, summarizing, and interpreting audio and written texts as well as expressing one’s own thoughts and opinions. Topics include communicating in an academic setting, applying critical reading strategies, writing paragraphs and short compositions in a variety of genres, as well as analyzing and producing grammatical structures in context. This course is intended for non-native speakers of English preparing for college-level coursework. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

16 Accelerated English Language Acquisition - Low-Intermediate Level 2 hours lecture, 2 units Pass/No Pass

Co-requisite: English Language Acquisition 15.
This optional course is intended for students who are currently enrolled in English Language Acquisition 15 and who desire more advanced reading, writing, and grammar activities to prepare for a challenge assessment. Emphasis is placed on deeper learning and understanding of English Language Acquisition 15 course content and producing more rigorous assignments. The course consists of personalized instruction and peer review to revise and expand upon the length and complexity of assignments in English Language Acquisition 15. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

23 Academic Listening and Speaking I 6 hours lecture, 6 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Pre-requisite: English Language Acquisition 15 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level L20.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English for Speakers of Other Languages 22.
This course provides non-native English speakers with academic listening and speaking skills at the intermediate level. Emphasis is placed on developing accuracy and uency in oral communication skills as well as understanding and responding to audio texts from a variety of genres. This course is intended for non-native speakers of English preparing for college-level coursework. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

25 Integrated Reading, Writing, and and understanding of English Language Acquisition 6 hours lecture, 6 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Pre-requisite: English Language Acquisition 15 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Milestone/ Skill Level L20.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 8, English 60, or English for Speakers of Other Languages 20 and English for Speakers of Other Languages 21.
This course provides non-native English speakers with the skills to integrate reading, writing, and grammar at the intermediate level. Emphasis is placed on applying critical reading strategies to a variety of genres, writing paragraph and multi- paragraph compositions based on assigned readings, and analyzing and producing grammatical structures in context. This course is intended for non-native speakers of English preparing for college-level coursework. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

26 Accelerated English Language Acquisition - Intermediate Level 2 hours lecture, 2 units Pass/No Pass Option

Co-requisite: English Language Acquisition 25.
This optional course is intended for students who are currently enrolled in English Language Acquisition 25 and who desire more advanced reading, writing, and grammar activities to prepare for a challenge assessment. Emphasis is placed on deeper learning and understanding of English Language Acquisition 25 course content and producing more rigorous assignments. The course consists of personalized instruction and peer review to revise and expand upon the length and complexity of assignments in English Language Acquisition 25. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

33 Academic Listening and Speaking II 3 hours lecture, 3 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Pre-requisite: English Language Acquisition 23 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Milestone/ Skill Level L30.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English for Speakers of Other Languages 32.
This course provides non-native English speakers with academic listening and speaking skills at the high-intermediate to advanced levels. Emphasis is placed on linguistic and interpersonal skills necessary for participation in a variety of formal and informal tasks in the college environment as well as understanding and responding to audio texts from a variety of genres. This course is intended for non- native speakers of English preparing for college-level coursework. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

35 Integrated Reading, Writing, and Grammar II 6 hours lecture, 6 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Pre-requisite: English Language Acquisition 25 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Milestone/ Skill Level L30.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 9, English 6, or English for Speakers of Other Languages 30 and English for Speakers of Other Languages 31.
This course provides non-native English speakers with the skills to integrate reading, writing, and grammar at the high-intermediate level. Emphasis is placed on applying critical reading strategies to a variety of genres, writing multi-paragraph compositions (including introduction of the academic essay) based on assigned readings and other sources, and analyzing and producing grammatical structures in context. This course is intended for non-native speakers of English preparing for college-level coursework. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

45 Integrated Reading, Writing, and Grammar III 6 hours lecture, 6 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Pre-requisite: English Language Acquisition 35 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Milestone/ Skill Level L40.
Co-requisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in English Language Acquisition 33 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. Students who meet the prerequisite by completion of English Language Acquisition 35 must have completed English Language Acquisition 33 or be concurrently enrolled in English Language Acquisition 33.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 10, English 62, English for Speakers of Other Languages 40, or English for Speakers of Other Languages 45.
This course provides non-native English speakers with the skills to integrate reading, writing, and grammar at the advanced level. Emphasis is placed on applying critical reading strategies to a variety of genres as well as analysis and synthesis of sources. The course also focuses on writing multi-paragraph compositions (including the academic essay), responding to and integrating sources, as well as analyzing and producing grammatical structures in context. This cours2e is intended for non-native speakers of English preparing for college-level coursework. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.