A Seat at the Table

By: CAP Central Staff
June 2018

Supporting Student and Teacher Capacity in Corequisite English Remediation and Accelerated ESL

A Seat at the Table features three colleges where corequisite remediation and accelerated ESL instruction are producing substantial gains in completion and equity. Sacramento City College and San Diego Mesa College were among the first to begin replacing traditional basic skills English courses with corequisite models in which students enroll directly in College Composition with additional concurrent support, and Solano College has one of the most accelerated ESL programs in the state. Through interviews with faculty teaching in these programs, A Seat at the Table sheds light on the specific classroom practices, teacher mindsets, and professional development efforts that are helping more students to succeed, providing useful guidance for other community colleges on how to respond to new legislative requirements for placement and remediation (AB 705).