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ESL - ELAC - English Language and American Culture

ELAC Program

The English Language and American Culture (ELAC) program offers comprehensive classes that are designed to improve the English language of students who do not speak English as a first language.  Through classes, practical experiences, activities, and trips, ELAC students begin to notice improvement in their English language proficiency rapidlly.  The program also helps students understand the American culture and adjust to it quickly and smoothly.  Successful completion of the program will provide students with a strong foundation in the English language and will prepare them to merge easily into regular university classes.

Here are a few reasons La Sierra University is a great place to study and experience the American culture:

  • The ELAC curriculum is professionally designed to provide students with English competency in reading, comprehension, writing, grammar, and oral communication skills.
  • Highly-educated and experienced teachers who are dedicated to helping students meet their goals.
  • Small classes ensure maximum individual attention.
  • Many opportunities to tour beautiful Southern California.
  • A wide range of activities provide ELAC students with varied opportunities to practice their English and make friends with regular university students.
  • Opportunity to meet students from more than 60 countries.
  • Sports facilities at the University include a gymnasium, swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, a walking track and much more.

Upon arriving on campus, students will complete English language proficiency testing to determine appropriate class placement.  Although ELAC students will quickly notice a marked improvement in their English language skills, individual commitment, motivation, and study habits will determine how fast individual progress will occurs.

ELAC Program Mission Statement:

The ELAC program at La Sierra University empowers its students to pursue excellence in English development and helps them lay a foundation for success in their academic pursuit.  The program also functions as a bridge that helps students understand, adapt, and merge into American culture in a practical way through social and cultural activities.

ELAC Program Goal:

The goal of the ELAC program is to enhance the students' proficiency in English and prepare them to participate in an American academic community while providing them with practical tools that help them adjust to the American culture comfortably.

General ELAC Objectives:

  • Oral communication classes are designed to help ELAC students communicate with peers and teachers fluently and effectively, and to function successfully in academic and professional settings.  In order to advance the students' oral fluency, classes focus on improving pronunciation and listening skills.
  • Grammar classes teach students to construct accurate, coherent, and cohesive sentences in oral and written communication.
  • Reading comprehension classes raise students' understanding to a level in which they can confidently and independently read academic material and textbooks in order to compete successfully in an academic program.
  • Writing classes provide instruction and writing practice for students to become competent in producing a variety of academic writing styles including formal essays, critiques, book reports, and critical responses.

Life on Campus and Its Surroundings

La Sierra University is located in the city of Riverside, which is located approximately 60 miles (97 km) east of Los Angeles.  The University campus is only an hour away from mountains, lakes, beaches, deserts and cultural attractions of Los Angeles and other nearby cities, such as Hollywood.  Theme parks including Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Legoland, and Magic Mountain are in close proximity to the campus, which provides students with a wide range of activities to choose from for their weekend recreation.

Other forms of recreation available on and off campus include gym workouts, ball games, intramural sports, bowling, miniature golf, ice-skating, skiing, surfing, and shopping.

Spiritual Development

The Office of Spiritual Life (OSL) organizes religious activities and weekly breakout worships covering a range of topics for students to participate in forums, discussion groups, or Question and Answer periods. These activities are organized with respect for the various religions represented at the University and can be enjoyed by all the students.  The University Chaplain and his office staff are there for students seeking guidance in their spiritual journey.

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Classes are divided into three levels: basic, beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Placement is based on scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Michigan Language Proficiency Test or International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS).


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4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA 92515



Office Location:

Convenience Center
Suite EE


Office Hours:

Monday -Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - Noon

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