Get to Know ELAC

Photo of San Diego City College StudentsOur 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 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.

Interested in taking ELAC classes at City?

  • Click on the "Get Started" tab below. 

  • Contact the ELAC Chair, Professor Jennifer Boots (jboots@sdccd.edu) with questions about our program or for more information. 

  • Join us for an informal information session to learn about the program and meet current students and professors. All are welcome, so bring your friends and family!


Our next ELAC Information Sessions are
 Tuesday, March 10, 2020 
11:30am to 12:30pm & 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location:  M-205 
(near Park Blvd. and 'B' Street - map)


 Want to join our monthly mailing list for latest ELAC news and updates? Sign up here!

 

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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 (jboots@sdccd.edu). We're here to help you!


Step 1:
Apply Online to San Diego City College through CCC Apply

All new students must register through CCC Apply before beginning classes at City College.

Step 2: Watch the Online Orientation Video

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.

Step 3: Take the Assessment Test in A-201 

Contact the Assessment Office for the days and times of the assessment tests 619-388-3023. No appointment is needed. The test will take approximately one hour. 

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Step 4
: Attend an Education Planning Workshop, Student Success Day, or Meet with a Counselor to Plan your Schedule

Create a 1-2 semester Education Plan with a Counselor so that you know which classes to register for. After you've started attending classes, schedule a one hour session with a Counselor to discuss your goals in more detail and create a plan that will help you reach them! Call or visit to schedule an appointment today 619-388-3540 or Room A-366.

Step 5: Register for your Classes As Soon As Possible!

If you have trouble with registering for your classes, you can contact the Peer Advocate Center (A-313 or 619-388-4047). We know it can be a complicated process, but we're here to help!

Step 6: Attend your Classes!

The first day of Spring 2020 ELAC classes begins Monday, February 10, 2020.

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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. 

Our next ELAC Information Sessions are:

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 
11:30am to 12:30pm & 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location:  M-205 
(near Park Blvd. and 'B' Street - map)

 

 Spring 2020 Course Offerings

ELAC 7 English Pronunciation (2 units)    
                 Fri  8:50am-11:00am   2/18/2020-6/1/2020

 ELAC 15 Introduction to English Literacy and Communication (9 units)
                 Mo/We/Fri 11:10am-2:35pm   2/10/2020-6/1/2020

ELAC 15 Introduction to English Literacy and Communication (9 units)
                 Tu/We/Th 5:30pm-8:50pm   2/10/2020-6/1/2020

ELAC 16 Accelerated English Language Acquisition (2 units-must also be enrolled in ELAC 15)
                 Mo/We 9:30am-10:40am    2/18/2020-6/1/2020

ELAC 23 Academic Listening and Speaking I (6 units)
                 Mo/We 5:30pm-8:55pm     2/10/2020-6/1/2020

ELAC 23 Academic Listening and Speaking I (6 units)
                 Tu/Th 11:10am-2:30pm    2/10/2020-6/1/2020

ELAC 25 Integrated Reading, Writing, and Grammar I (6 units)
                 Mo/We 11:10am-2:35pm    2/10/2020-6/1/2020

ELAC 25 Integrated Reading, Writing, and Grammar I (6 units)
                 Tu/Th 5:30pm-8:50pm    2/10/2020-6/1/2020

ELAC 26 Accelerated English Language Acquisition (2 units-must also be enrolled in ELAC 25)
                 Mo/We 9:30am-10:40am    2/18/2020-6/1/2020

ELAC 33 Academic Listening and Speaking II (3 units)
                 Tu/Th 9:30am-11:00am    2/10/2020-6/1/2020

ELAC 33 Academic Listening and Speaking II (3 units)
                 We 5:30pm-8:50pm    2/10/2020-6/1/2020

ELAC 35 Integrated Reading, Writing, and Grammar II (6 units)
                 Tu/Th 11:10am-2:30pm    2/10/2020-6/1/2020

ELAC 35 Integrated Reading, Writing, and Grammar II (6 units)
                 Tu/Th 5:30pm-8:50pm   2/10/2020-6/1/2020

ELAC 145 Integrated Reading, Writing, and Grammar III (6 units)
                   Tu/Th 5:30pm-8:50pm    2/10/2020-6/1/2020

ELAC 145 Integrated Reading, Writing, and Grammar III (6 units)
                   Tu/Th 8:55am-12:25pm    2/18/2020-6/1/2020

 

Core Classes

ELAC 15 - All skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Grammar)

ELAC 23 - Academic Listening and Speaking I

ELAC 25 - Academic Reading, Writing, and Grammar I

ELAC 33 - Academic Listening and Speaking II

ELAC 35 - Academic Reading, Writing, and Grammar II

ELAC 145 - Academic Reading, Writing, and Grammar III

Electives

ELAC 5A - Grammar

ELAC 5B - Grammar

ELAC 7 - Pronunciation

ELAC 16 - Accelerated class (must also be enrolled in ELAC 15)

ELAC 26 - Accelerated class (must also be enrolled in ELAC 15)

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Jennifer Boots, ELAC Chair

Hi! I’m Jen. I’ve been teaching ELAC and English at City College since 2006. I enjoy working with my classes on projects that raise awareness or affect change in our communities. Similar to many of my colleagues, I have a passion for traveling to new places. I also enjoy camping, hiking, and trying out new restaurants. I lived in Japan for a year teaching English and hiked Mt. Fuji. I look forward to working with you! Welcome to City College!
jboots@sdccd.edu
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Dailyn Brown

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." This semester, spring 2020, I am teaching ELAC 16, 25, and 26.
dbrown001@sdccd.edu
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Nancy Cano

Hello! I’m excited to finally be teaching ELAC; this semester I’ll be teaching ELAC 25. Although I’ve been teaching at SDCCD since 2002, all of my past experience had been in Spanish. Aside from teaching and speaking English and Spanish, I also studied and speak a bit of Portuguese and Arabic. I love languages and culture; deep down I’m a closeted anthropologist. One of the reasons I am passionate about teaching is because I love to meet interesting people and learn from them. I believe every student has an interesting and unique story that contributes to making City College a wonderful place to teach at. When I’m not teaching, I am either taking classes, working on the garden, trying out new recipes, practicing yoga, hiking, traveling somewhere new, or simply bird watching and enjoying nature.
ncano@sdccd.edu
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Michelle Chan

When I started teaching as a Language Assistant in France back in 2007, I knew I had found my passion. Since then, I've been fortunate enough to meet and learn from some AMAZING students and fellow teachers who continue to inspire me today.  I joined the City College ELAC family in 2017 after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan (marHaba!) and teaching college and university students in the Washington, D.C. area. When I'm not in the classroom, I enjoy reading, watching TV, going camping with my husband, and playing with my two dogs, Peanut and Cashew. Currently, I teach ELAC 35 at City College.
mchan001@sdccd.edu
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Daniel Craig 

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. I am teaching ELAC 33 this semester. Welcome to the City College ELAC program!
dcraig@sdccd.edu
 

Christina Galeano

cgaleano@sdccd.edu
 

Aileen Gum

agum@sdccd.edu
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Kelly Metz-Matthews

I teach English Language Acquisition (ELAC), English, and teacher education. I'm especially fond of teaching ELAC because I am a second-language speaker myself. Prior to teaching, I spent a decade as a writer and editor. I am obsessed with reading; if you can't find me, I'm probably hiding out under a pile of books. I live in Pacific Beach, California in an eclectic little library masquerading as a house.  
kmetz@sdccd.edu
 

Elizabeth Metzler 

emetzler@sdccd.edu
 

Sean Perry 

sperry@sdccd.edu
 

Natasha Tricoche

ntricoch@sdccd.edu
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David Walsh

First of all, I love to be in the classroom! I have a nerdy passion for grammar and figuring our language rules. I love to move and exercise and used to be a long distance runner.  I enjoy spending time with mi Carmen! She makes me smile and laugh, especially when she plays with her squeaky tennis balls and chases squirrels. I love and respect all living things, especially those with feathers or fur; therefore, I don't eat them.  I have been a vegetarian since I was a sophomore in high school.  My likes are: kindness, generosity, humor, and peace. My dislikes are: borders (of any kind), cruelty, and inequality. 
dwalsh@sdccd.edu
 

Leslie Werren

lwerren@sdccd.edu
 korizunic

Kori Zunic

I have been at City since 2005 or for the past 15 years. Currently I am teaching ELAC 15 and ELAC 35. I love how diverse City is when it comes to both students and teachers. Teaching is my absolute passion, especially learning about our students and creating meaningful relationships that go beyond just learning about the language. I don’t have hobbies per se but love learning about personal/spiritual growth. In general, I love spending time with my family (or by myself, really!) by the ocean. I am from Croatia and still have a strong bond with my culture, language and people.

 kzunic@sdccd.edu

Logo of English CenterNeed homework help? Meet with a tutor in The English Center in L-209. They can help you with homework and planning and revising your essays.

Hungry? Check out the Food Pantry in BT-211A. Bring your student ID and pick up a snack for free!

 

transfercenter   Need to print, use a computer, or a quiet
   place to study? 
Spend your time at the
   LRC/Library -- open until 7:30pm Monday
   through Thursday and 12:30pm Fridays. 

  Planning to transfer or wondering about
   your career options? 
Meet with the amazing
   counselors at the
Transfer and Career Center in
   A-301.

   Need help planning your classes next
   semester? 
Meet with an Academic Counselor
   in A-366 to create your Educational Plan (Ed
   Plan).

 
Feeling stressed and need someone to talk to?  Drop by the Mental Health Counseling Center in A-180 to speak with a counselor privately. The counselors here can also refer you to helpful resources in the community, such as housing and food. 

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If you have any questions about enrolling in our ELAC program, don't hesitate to contact us.

We are here to help!

Jennifer Boots

ELAC Chair and Professor

jboots@sdccd.edu

 

You can also ask us questions in person at one of our ELAC Information Sessions.  

Our next ELAC Information Sessions are
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 
11:30am to 12:30pm & 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location:  M-205 
(near Park Blvd. and 'B' Street - map)