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 ( with questions about our program or for more information. 


Important note: Due to Covid-19, Fall 2020 ELAC classes will NOT be held on campus, but classes will still be engaging and interactive! There will be class options that offer both day and evening online live sessions. 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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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 ( 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 Online Self-Guided Placement

This online self-guided 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 Boots (


Step 4: Watch the Education Planning Workshop Videos and Meet with a Counselor to Plan your Schedule

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 online appointment today!


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 (619-800-2739). We know it can be a complicated process, but we're here to help!

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Step 6: Attend your Classes (online for Fall 2020)!

The first day of Fall 2020 ELAC classes begins Monday, August 24th.



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. 

Important Note: Due to Covid-19, ELAC Information Sessions are cancelled. Please contact the Department Chair, Jennifer Boots (, if you have questions.

Core Classes

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.

 Fall 2020 Schedule

ELAC 5A- English Language Grammar - 2 units
      Fri 9:00am-11:15am; 8/31/20-12/14/20 (47247)

ELAC 5B- English Language Grammar - 2 units
       Fri 9:00am-11:15am; 8/31-12/14 (47249)

ELAC 15- Introduction to English Literacy and Communication - 9 units
   Mo/We/Fri 11:30am-1:00pm + WEB; 8/24-12/14 (40033)
   Tu/We/Th 6:00pm-7:30pm + WEB; 8/24-12/14 (40034)

ELAC 16- Accelerated English Language Acquisition* - 2 units
      Mo/We 9:30am-10:35am; 8/31-12/14 (41386)
      *must be enrolled in ELAC 15  class cancelled

ELAC 23- Academic Listening and Speaking I - 6 units
      Tu/Th 9:30am-11:00am + WEB; 8/24-12/14 (40037)
      Mo/We 6:00pm-7:30pm + WEB; 8/24-12/14 (40038)

ELAC 25- Integrated Reading, Writing, and Grammar I - 6 units
      Mo/We 11:30am-1:00pm + WEB; 8/24-12/14 (40039)
      Tu/Th 6:00pm-7:30pm + WEB; 8/24-12/14 (40040)

ELAC 26-Accelerated English Language Acquisition* - 2 units
       Mo/We 9:30am-10:35am; 8/31-12/14 (41387)
       *must be enrolled in ELAC 25 class cancelled

ELAC 33- Academic Listening and Speaking II - 3 units
       Tu/Th 9:30am-11:00am; 8/24-12/14 (40041)
       WEB (evening optional live sessions); 8/24-12/14 (40044)

ELAC 35- Integrated Reading, Writing, and Grammar II - 6 units
        Tu/Th 11:30am-1:00pm + WEB; 8/24-12/14 (40046)
        Tu/Th 6:00pm-7:30pm + WEB; 8/24-12/14 (40047)

ELAC 145- Integrated Reading, Writing, and Grammar III - 6 units
         Mo/We 9:30am-11:00am + WEB; 8/24-12/14 (40048)
          Tu/Th 6:00pm-7:30pm + WEB; 8/24-12/14 (40050)

 After successfully completing ELAC 145, we recommend you register for English 101x.        

Diagram of ELAC courses


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. In fall 2020, I am teaching ELAC 33. I look forward to working with you! Welcome to City College!
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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." In fall 2020, I am teaching ELAC 25.

Nancy Cano

Hello! I am excited to finally be teaching ELAC! 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 am 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 am 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.
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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. In fall 2020, I am teaching ELAC 35.

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. Welcome to the City College ELAC program!
 Christina Galeano

Christina Galeano

My name is Christina, and I am passionate about linguistics, particularly grammar/syntax and how our minds process language. I enjoy studying non-standard dialects of English, and I worked on dialect and bilingualism research in Miami, Florida where I did my graduate studies. I have been teaching English and ELAC classes here at City College since 2013. In my free time, I enjoy being active—running, hiking, biking, gardening, and generally doing anything that involves being outside. In fall 2020, I am teaching ELAC 5A and 5B.
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Aileen Gum

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 2020, I am teaching ELAC 23.
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Kelly Metz-Matthews

I teach English Language Acquisition (ELAC), English, and teacher education. I am 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.
In fall 2020, I am teaching ELAC 33 and 35.
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Sean Perry 

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 2020, I am teaching ELAC 23.

Natasha Tricoche

In fall 2020, I am teaching ELAC 145.

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 do not 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.
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Leslie Werren

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 wrold. 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!
In fall 2020, I am teaching ELAC 15 and 25.

Kori Zunic

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.
In fall 2020, I am teaching ELAC 15 and 35.

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   your career options?  
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 Feeling stressed and need someone to talk to?  The Mental Health Counseling Center is there to help. You can speak with a counselor privately. The counselors 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