Get to Know ELAC

Photo of San Diego City College StudentsOur English Language Acquisition (ELAC) program 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 classes?

  • Click on the "Get Started" link on your left-hand menu or below. 

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

  • Join us for an informal orientation to learn about the program and meet current students and professors.

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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 Assessment Test in A-201 

No appointment is needed! You can just walk in. The test will take approximately one hour. Contact the Assessment Center for the days and times of the assessment tests 619-388-3023.

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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.


Still not sure what to do or where to start? 

Join us for an ELAC Orientation 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 Orientation is:

Thursday, November 14, 2019


SUBIR! Cultural Center Room AH-200A
(the AH Building is at the corner of "C" and 16th Streets)

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



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
  Diana Arellano
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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."

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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 on the east coast. When I'm not in the classroom, I enjoy watching TV and going camping with my husband and playing with my two dogs, Peanut and Cashew.

  Daniel Craig 
  Aileen Gum
Photo of Kelly Metz-Matthews  Kelly Metz-Matthews teaches English language acquisition (ELAC), English, and teacher education. She's especially fond of teaching ELAC because she is a second-language speaker herself. Prior to teaching, she spent a decade as a writer and editor. Kelly is obsessed with reading; if you can't find her, she's probably hiding out under a pile of books. She lives in Pacific Beach, California in an eclectic little library masquerading as a house.  
  Elizabeth Metzler 
  Emily Moore 
  Sean Perry 
  Natasha Tricoche
  David Walsh
  Leslie Werren
  Kori Zunic

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!

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).

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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.

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

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

Our next ELAC Orientation is:

Thursday, November 14, 2019


SUBIR! Cultural Center Room AH-200A

(the AH Building is at the corner of “C” and 16th Streets)