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1819 N. Main St.
San Antonio TX, 78212


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The Center for English Language Learning at San Antonio College



You should take classes in the CELL @ SAC program ...


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Because you will be creating new opportunities


Because you will be investing in your future

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Because you will be opening new doors

What is the Center for English Language Learning at San Antonio College?

The Center for English Language Learning at San Antonio College (CELL @ SAC) provides an opportunity for international students, immigrants, professionals, and other English Language Learners (ELLs) to study in a dynamic learning community and acquire or improve essential English skills. CELL @ SAC offers English language credit (ESLA and ENGA) and noncredit (ESL) classes to help students learn to read, write, speak, and understand American English for social, professional, and academic purposes.

 Why should I take ESL classes at CELL @ SAC?

  • A college degree
  • More pay
  • Better job opportunities
  • Job promotions
  • New skills
  • Improvement in day-to-day communication
  • Completion certificate for English Proficiency  
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The amount you earn is directly related to your level of education. The difference between a high-school diploma and an Associate’s Degree can be as much as $8,000 per year or more.


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 What can I take? 
  Two Types of Courses: Credit and Non-Credit

  1.  English as Second Language for Academics (ESLA--credit)
  2.  English as a Second Language (ESL--non-credit; continuing education-CE)      [New: ESL literacy class!]
  3.  English for Academic Purposes (ENGA--credit)

Intensive courses (Levels 1-4): Speaking and Listening; Writing; Grammar; and Reading and Vocabulary
Purpose: Prepare students for advanced courses (ENGA) or to improve communication skills in English for professional careers

Intensive courses: Grammar & Composition; and Reading & Vocabulary
Purpose: Prepare students for college or university classes
Requirements: (1) official high school transcripts; (2) completion of ESLA or ESL level 4 or ENGA course placement testing; (3) *College readiness (TSI) exam    

Students can register for credit (academic) ESLA or ENGA when they have an F-1 visa; are permanent residents and receive financial aid 
Students register for non-credit ESL classes when they are non-U.S citizens; have to pay out-of-state tuition;   have an F-2   or a visa such as J-1, or J-2

  Click here for the current Schedule of Classes.

What do I learn?

  • LISTENING - Understand spoken American English in diverse situations. 
  • READING - Read the written English with fluency and understanding.
  • SPEAKING - Learn pronunciation and to speak using Standard American English for work, career goals, home, and the community.
  • WRITING - Write English using clear grammatical structures.
  • GRAMMAR (The foundation of language learning) - Designed to complement speaking and writing skills

*To see a complete and detailed list of what you will learn, click on the link for Student Learning Outcomes.

What is the typical ESL class schedule?

  • Four levels from beginners to advanced (ESLA)
  • College preparation classes in 1) composition and grammar and 2) reading and vocabulary in English for Academic Purposes (ENGA)
  • One (1) semester of 8 weeks
  • Flexible schedules: day and evening classes 
  • Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday classes
  • Each class is 2 hour 40 minutes.
  • Each skill (Reading, Writing, Grammar, Speaking and Listening) is a separate class.
  • Lab may be required for some classes.

What are the additional services?

Who can apply?

  •  Regular admissions - Students should have a high school degree (any country) or GED in English or Spanish to apply for admission.
  •  Undocumented immigrants - Students who are undocumented and attended a Texas high school for three years can enroll, get scholarships, and pay in-state tuition.
  • International Students -  Click here for F-1 application and deadlines

How do I apply?

CELL offers complete service for new and returning ESL Students.  The Getting Started process includes information about classes, filling out an application, taking a placement test, registering for courses, and advising for other student questions and concerns.  The Center for English Language Learning is located in Oppenheimer Academic Center OC #119 to register for ESLA, ENGA, & ESL classes.   International Students Office is located on the second floor in OC #220.

Vision, Mission, and Goals

  Vision:  The vision of San Antonio  College is to be recognized nationally for student success and best practices.  As part of that vision, CELL @ SAC’s vision  is to provide a vibrant  learning  environment for English language learners  (ELLs) to  prepare for success in their academic and/or career choices.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Center for English Language Learning at San Antonio College (CELL @ SAC) is to provide an opportunity for international students, immigrants, professionals and other ELLs to study in a dynamic learning community to  acquire essential English  language and  cultural adaptation skills  necessary to meet academic, professional, and personal goals.       

CELL @ SAC Goals:
  1. To provide high-quality, comprehensive  instruction for ELLs.
  2. To prepare ELLs to transition to and be successful in college-level classes.
  3. To develop the communication skills  of ELLs to work in a diverse global society.

Contact Information


Oppenheimer Academic Center
(OC-119) (corner of Lewis and W. Evergreen)

Phone:  210-486-0965

 Lab Hours:
Monday - Thursday:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 Map of ESL Classroom Locations

Map of Specific Campus Locations


CEA Accreditation

has national accreditation 
from the 
 Commission on English Language  Program Accreditation 

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