As of Fall 2018, SDCC's English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses have been replaced with our new program and course offerings called 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 with an explanation of the ELAC program, and a list of the courses offered with their descriptions.

Flowchart of ELAC