|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
| Did you know??
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.
Two Types of Courses: Credit and Non-Credit
- English as Second Language for Academics (ESLA--credit)
- English as a Second Language (ESL--non-credit; continuing education-CE) [New: ESL literacy class!]
- English for Academic Purposes (ENGA--credit)
ESLA and ESL:
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.
- 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?
- Free access to the computer laboratories
- Free tutoring at the Writing Center, English, Reading, Student Mega Lab, Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC) Lab
- Workshops and support groups include Reading circles, Conversation club, Pronunciation practice, specialized workshops/ seminars designed for students’ needs
- Computer laboratory with e-mail and Internet access, computer assignments
- Sports and athletics: intramural sports, gymnasium, tennis courts, track
- Student organizations and clubs include the International Student Association (ISA)
- International Student Services
- 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
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.
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:
- To provide high-quality, comprehensive instruction for ELLs.
- To prepare ELLs to transition to and be successful in college-level classes.
- To develop the communication skills of ELLs to work in a diverse global society.