English - ELAC

English Language Acquisition (ELAC)

The San Diego Mesa College ELAC program empowers our diverse student body. Committed to equity and access, faculty collaborate with students to facilitate learning and achievement in English and across disciplines. Students earn degrees and certificates related to transfer education, workforce training, and lifelong learning opportunities. ELAC fosters scholarship, leadership, and positive change within our community.

We strongly believe in and support integration rather than division of skills (listening, reading, grammar, 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.

If English is not your native language, you may benefit from taking an ELAC class before a college-level English class. Please contact the Assessment office by email at for more information regarding ELAC assessment.

ELAC Placement Levels

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Linda Hensley
Linda Hensley Dean School of Humanities G-201
Wendy Smith
Wendy Smith Chair, English Department School of Humanities 619-388-2347 G-333
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