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State-of-the-art English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Still Accepting Students

Program Will Help Students Develop English Skills Necessary To Succeed In College, Workforce

CHULA VISTA, CA – Southwestern College is continuing to accept students for its new, state-of-the-art English as a Second Language (ESL) program, designed to help pupils learn the specific and critical language skills necessary to succeed in an academic setting and the workplace. All levels of the program are being offered during the College’s spring 2011 semester. Students may enroll in classes until Wednesday, January 26, 2011.

The College’s program, called Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP):

  • Teaches students how to communicate and use English for academic tasks;
  • Gives students the academic language and study skills necessary to be successful in college-level courses, including scientific and technical disciplines such as biology, psychology and economics; and
  • Gives students language skills they can use in their lives and future careers.

If interested in enrolling in this program, attend one of the 90-minute assessments listed below.

For questions about the ESL program, call Andy Mac Neill, ESL Department Chair at 421-6700 ext. 5890 or Michele Weaver, the ESL Student Advocate at 421-6700 ext. 5974.

Assessment Schedule




Monday, Jan. 24

5-6:30 p.m.

Assessment Office
Cesar Chavez One-Stop Center

Tuesday, Jan. 25

12-1:30 p.m.

Language Acquisition Center Room 445

Wednesday, Jan. 26

12-1:30 p.m.

Language Acquisition Center Room 445

Southwestern College’s long-term goal is to help students succeed in college-level classes rather than continue with basic skills coursework. The curriculum includes core classes, which focus on reading, writing, listening to and speaking academic English; labs, which instruct students in using computer technology; and practicum, which help students develop academic and personal success skills.

Southwestern College piloted the program for two years at its main campus in Chula Vista and its Higher Education Center at San Ysidro before its inclusion in the fall 2010 schedule. The College’s improvement rate for students in Credit ESL Courses is 64.1 percent, nearly five points higher than the peer group average, according to a March report by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

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