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ENGL 050
5 credits
ESL Writing
This course is for ESL students at the low-intermediate level whose writing skills require additional preparation before entering ENGL 061 or ENGL 071. Emphasis is on writing compound and complex sentences. The course provides strategies for developing vocabulary and applying the rules of grammar and punctuation to English sentences.
ENGL 052
5 credits
ESL Reading
This course is for ESL students at the low-intermediate level whose reading skills require additional practice before entering ENGL 062 or ENGL 072. Students work on vocabulary development and improving reading comprehension.
ENGL 053
5 credits
ESL Listening and Speaking
This course is for ESL students at the low-intermediate level whose reading skills require additional practice before entering ENGL 062 or ENGL 072. Students work on vocabulary development and improving reading comprehension.
ENGL 054
5 credits
Beginner Applied Grammar
This course focuses on the grammatical structures high-beginner English language learners need to function in both the real world and academic settings. The course emphasizes controlled and communicative practice through use of grammar in listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score and by permission of the instructor.
ENGL 061
5 credits
ESL Writing
This course is for ESL students at the intermediate level whose writing skills require additional preparation before entering ENGL 071 or ENGL 081. It provides strategies for developing vocabulary, applying the rule of grammar and punctuation, writing compound and complex sentences, and composing basic paragraphs.
ENGL 062
5 credits
ESL Reading
This course is for ESL students at the intermediate level whose reading skills require additional practice before entering ENGL 072 or ENGL 082. Students work on vocabulary development and improving reading fluency and comprehension.
ENGL 063
5 credits
ESL Listening and Speaking
This course is for ESL students at the intermediate level whose listening and speaking skills require additional practice before entering ENGL 073 or ENGL 083. Students work on listening, speaking and interaction skills necessary for communicating in an academic environment. Emphasis is on experiential learning. Students are given opportunities to develop language competence by participating in various classroom, college and community activities.
ENGL 071
5 credits
ESL Writing
This course prepares ESL (English as a second language) students for college-level writing tasks. The course helps prepare students to write a variety of coherent, well-developed paragraphs and increases the student's fluency and independence in writing. Prerequisite: TOEFL score of 440 or demonstration of the same by written essay.
ENGL 072
5 credits
ESL Reading
This course prepares ESL (English as a second language) students for college-level reading and study tasks. Students concentrate both on learning and applying the skills needed for comprehending various types of required college reading and learn the study strategies to prepare them for college success. Prerequisite: TOEFL score of 440 or demonstration of the same by written essay.
ENGL 073
5 credits
ESL Listening and Speaking
This course prepares ESL (English as a second language) students with the oral communication skills and listening comprehension strategies needed both for communicating with and understanding others in an academic environment. Prerequisite: TOEFL score of 440 or demonstration of the same by written essay.
ENGL 074
5 credits
Intermediate Applied Grammar
This course focuses on the grammatical structures intermediate English language learners need to function in both the real world and academic settings. The course emphasizes controlled and commutative practice through use of grammar in listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score and by permission of the instructor.
ENGL 081
5 credits
ESL Writing
This course is designed for the ESL (English as a second language) student whose writing skills require additional preparation before entering ENGL 099 or ENGL& 101.
ENGL 082
5 credits
Reading and Study Skills for the ENS (English for the Non-native Speaker
This course is designed to increase the confidence and success of the non-native speaker of English in college-level courses. The course focuses on developing reading, study and testing strategies.
ENGL 083
5 credits
ESL Conversation
This course is designed to increase the ESL (English as a second language) student's ability to understand and use both written and spoken American English at the college level.
ENGL 084
5 credits
High Intermediate/Advanced Applied Grammar
This course will focus on the grammatical structures high-intermediate/advanced English language learners need to function in both the real world and academic settings. The course emphasizes controlled and commutative practice through the use of grammar in listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score and by permission of instructor.
ENGL 090
2 credits
Reading and Study Skills
Designed for the slightly below average to better readers to prepare for academic work in the trade and industrial areas.
ENGL 091
2 credits
Writing Workshop
Designed to further the technical writing skills of students enrolled in trade and industrial programs.
ENGL 092
1-5 credits
Communication for International Students
A class designed to improve the basic language skills (reading, writing, study skills, pronunciation, conversation) of international students who plan to enroll in college level vocational or academic courses. The curriculum is designed to help those students improve their communication skills so that they can successfully participate in more advanced courses. Students who need additional instruction may have follow-through programs designed for them in the Learning Center.
ENGL 094
5 credits
Study Skills
This course sharpens students' skills in textbook study, note taking and time management as well as in memory improvement, reading comprehension and classroom survival skills. Students also may be introduced to methods which increase reading rates and develop vocabulary.
ENGL 095
1-5 credits
Reading Lab
This course improves students' reading skills through programs that include vocabulary, rate increase, comprehension or study skills. Students can enroll in the same lab course no more than three quarters regardless of the number of hours for which they enroll. Grading option: Pass/fail.
ENGL 096
3-5 credits
Reading Improvement
This course is for the average and better reader to work on these skills: Reading comprehension, summary writing, rapid reading, skimming and scanning. Prerequisite: Score at or above the 25 percentile on the assessment reading test.
ENGL 097
5 credits
Basic Writing: From Sentence to Paragraph
This course provides students with the basic elements of grammar and punctuation as they relate to writing complete and accurately punctuated English sentences. The course attends to grammar, ranging from prepositional phrases to independent and dependent clauses to the recognition and proper punctuation of sentence elements. Formal writing tasks include recognition of boundaries and composing basic paragraphs.
ENGL 098
1-5 credits
Writing Lab
This course offers students individually tailored composition skills through work on paragraphs and essays, sentence structure and mechanics. It is offered in either lecture or lab mode. In the lab mode, the content moves from the paragraph to the essay with emphasis on structure and mechanics, and students earn 5 credits. Students may enroll in the same lab course no more than three quarters regardless of the number of hours for which they enroll. Grading option: Pass/fail.
ENGL 099
5 credits
Improvement of Writing
Students review paragraph development and write several essays. Principles governing sentence structure and punctuation are emphasized. This course may be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: 2.0 grade in ENGL 097, current enrollment in or successful completion of ENGL 098, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
ENGL 100
5 credits
Composition Preparation
This course focuses on remediation of expository skills, reading and incorporating those readings into compositions. This course serves as a "bridge" between English 099 and 101. Prerequisite: ASSET scores or instructor referral.
ENGL& 101
5 credits
English Composition I
This course develops and sharpens the basic principles of writing college-level essays. Students work on a series of essays to improve their ability to write clear, detailed prose and to use texts to support their claims. Competence in mechanics and standard English usage is assumed of all students taking ENGL& 101. Prerequisite: Either completion of ENGL 099 with a P or a 2.0 or higher, or appropriate placement score(s).
ENGL& 102
5 credits
Composition II
This course teaches students research skills by emphasizing the development of critical reading habits, investigative proficiency, and the writing of expository and persuasive prose including documented research essays. Students work to understand academic audiences, increase their clarity and objectivity, and adhere to standard formats. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101 with a 2.0 or better.
ENGL 104
3 credits
Grammar and Punctuation
Students review the traditional principles of grammar and punctuation and apply these principles. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in ENGL& 101 or permission of instructor.
ENGL 110
2 credits
Term Paper Workshop
Formulation, organization and presentation of a term or research paper; major mechanical aspects of paper development, including source guidelines, location and survey of materials, source citations, outlining and final format preparation. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in a course other than ENGL& 102 and ENGL& 235.
ENGL& 111
5 credits
Intro to Literature
Students read and discuss short stories, plays and poetry with an emphasis on better understanding and appreciation of literature. Prerequisite: Recommended: Placement in college-level reading.
ENGL& 112
5 credits
Intro to Fiction
Students analyze, discuss and write about classic and contemporary fiction, both short stories and a novel. Emphasis is on perceiving the techniques writers use to create an aesthetic experience for readers. Although a historical approach is not used, appropriate background is presented to enrich students' experience of the works. Prerequisite: Recommended: Placement in college-level reading.
ENGL& 113
5 credits
Intro to Poetry
This course is a literary study of poetry which explores the themes, the craft and the history of the genre. Students analyze, discuss and write about a diverse selection of poems which offer a variety of experiences. Emphasis is on understanding the way poets manipulate language to create meaning. Prerequisite: Recommended: Placement in college-level reading.
ENGL& 114
5 credits
Intro to Drama
This course is a literary study of dramatic literature, exploring the major themes, conventions and historical trends of drama from ancient Greece to the present. Students analyze, discuss and write about a diverse selection of plays which offer a variety of cultural experiences.
ENGL 120
3-5 credits
Applied Technical Writing for Vocations
Presentation of advanced technical writing forms with written assignments selected by vocational faculty from a menu, including such topics as: Short forms (catalog searches, requisitions, memorandums, etc.); technical reports; job search exercises; the proper use of graphics; research skills; revision skills. Prerequisite: ENGL 189 with a 2.0 or better, or permission of English department chair.
ENGL 151
5 credits
College Reading and Study Skills
Students learn strategies to become independent learners and critical thinkers. Emphasis is on understanding how memory works and improving note taking, test taking, textbook reading, time management and vocabulary. The course cannot be taken simultaneously with ENGL 093 or ENGL 094. Prerequisite: Recommended placement score: COMPASS 80 or above, ASSET 41 or above.
ENGL 153
5 credits
Vocabulary Development
The class will be a lecture/discussion class with regular assignments, tests and quizzes. Major topics covered include the history of the English language, basic vocabulary tools, language diversity and vocabulary development strategies. Emphasis is placed on the mastery of major affixes and roots in the language.
ENGL 188
1-3 credits
Introduction to Writing for Vocational Students
This course provides instruction in the fundamentals of writing (basic grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, spelling and organization). Students learn to write basic paragraphs including, but not limited to, process, description, cause and effect, and comparison and/or contrast.
ENGL 189
1-3 credits
Writing for Vocational Students
Provides instruction in basic writing concepts, including sentence structure, paragraphs and longer papers. It also reviews fundamentals of grammar, punctuation and spelling.
ENGL 208
5 credits
British Literature to 1800
This survey covers British literature from Beowulf through the 18th century, emphasizing the major writers and their relationships to the significant literary traditions of their time. Prerequisite: Recommended: Placement in college-level reading and writing.
ENGL 209
5 credits
British Literature since 1800
This survey focuses on the writing of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Byron, Shelley, Tennyson, Browning, Eliot, Yeats, Conrad, Lawrence, Joyce and selected contemporary writers. Instruction focuses on developing strategies for penetrating these writers by analyzing language, imagery, theme, plot, setting and character. Prerequisite: SFCC only: Recommended: Placement in college-level reading and writing.
ENGL& 220
5 credits
Intro to Shakespeare
Students read, analyze, interpret and evaluate Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. In addition, they learn about the historical, cultural and social milieu in which Shakespeare wrote his works. Students develop strategies for breaking Shakespeare's language barrier and learn to analyze plot, character, imagery and theme. Prerequisite: Recommended: Placement in college-level reading and writing.
ENGL& 235
5 credits
Technical Writing
Students learn to communicate information about a particular art, science, trade or profession. The course emphasizes such skills as clarity, objectivity, audience analysis and adherence to format. Students use subjects within their intended majors or career fields to write business correspondence, memoranda, resumes, mechanism descriptions, progress reports and analytical research reports. Prerequisite: Minimum 2.0 in ENGL& 101 or permission of instructor.
ENGL& 236
5 credits
Creative Writing I
This course teaches creative writing for beginners. It emphasizes writing as a craft; examines forms and techniques of professional writing through selective readings; offers students the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of styles, forms and techniques in both poetry and prose; as well as practice in writing, revision and editing skills. The format is an informal workshop that acquaints students with specialized skills such as preparing a manuscript for publication and working on a literary magazine in a variety of capacities. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101 or permission of instructor.
ENGL& 237
5 credits
Creative Writing II
This course teaches creative writing for intermediate writers. It is the logical continuation of ENGL& 236; however, it also is suited for students who, provided they have had prior writing experience, wish to pursue specific writing projects or are interested in both receiving and dispensing constructive peer critique in an informal workshop setting. Students have the opportunity to balance class activities with individual writing interests. The emphasis is on writing as a serious craft, and the course focuses primarily on poetry and prose though other forms of writing also may be included. Prerequisite: ENGL& 236 or permission of instructor.
ENGL 238
5 credits
Advanced Expository Writing
This class is a logical extension of ENGL& 101 and ENGL& 102, going beyond rhetorical modes and research skills to explore and practice the longer essay. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101, ENGL& 102.
ENGL 241
5 credits
The Bible as Literature
Students experience a literary study of history's most influential book. Readings from the Bible illustrate its major themes and genres. An exploration of the Bible's historical and cultural contexts provides background for these readings. Students gain a foundation for appreciating the Bible's massive impact on subsequent literature.
ENGL 247
5 credits
American Multicultural Literature
This course surveys contemporary African American, Asian American, Latino American, and Native American literature from 1950s to the present and may include other diverse literatures, such as Jewish, Gay/Lesbian, or Indian, etc. Prerequisite: Recommended: Placement in college-level reading and writing.
ENGL 248
5 credits
American Literature to 1865
This survey course examines major writers of the period including Taylor, Edwards, Franklin, Irving, Cooper, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson. Prerequisite: SFCC only: Recommended minimum reading placement score: COMPASS 80, ASSET 40.
ENGL 249
5 credits
American Literature since 1865
This survey course focuses on selected works of representative American writers from the Civil War to the present. Writers such as Twain, Chopin, Hemingway, Hughes, Ginsberg Plath, and Morrison among others are analyzed, paying particular attention to the cultural and historical contexts from which these diverse writers emerge and to which they speak. Prerequisite: Recommended: Placement in college-level reading and writing.
ENGL 254
2-5 credits
Literary Magazine Production
A production course for Legend's, SCC's literary magazine. Discussion and criticism of writing, theory and practice; layout and design; process of publication, theory and practice.
ENGL 255
2-5 credits
Advanced Literary Magazine Production
A continuation of the concepts introduced in ENGL 254 with emphasis on advanced concepts and production work involved in the creation of Legend's, SCC's literary magazine. Discussion and criticism of writing, theory and practice; layout and design; process of publication, theory and practice. Prerequisite: ENGL 254.
ENGL 259
5 credits
African American Literature
This course examines the African American literary tradition through the works of key authors, from pre-Civil War writings to the present, locating these works in cultural and historical contexts. Prerequisite: Recommended: Placement in college-level reading and writing.
ENGL 261
5 credits
Studies in the Novel
Students read, discuss and write about novels, leading them to a deeper appreciation and understanding of the genre and its practitioners. Novels vary from quarter to quarter. Prerequisite: Recommended: Placement in college-level reading and writing.
ENGL 271
5 credits
World Literature to 1650
This course offers a comparative approach to the literature of Europe, Asia (including East Asia, the Middle East, and the Subcontinent), Africa, and the Americas. Readings explore both diversity and continuity in the written expression of multiple world cultures from the dawn of literacy to the Early Modern period. Prerequisite: Recommended: Placement in college-level reading and writing.
ENGL 272
5 credits
World Literature since 1650
Students read and trace the emergence of a global literature from the period of European colonialism to the contemporary multicultural world. Representative authors may include Moliere, Voltaire, Goethe, Tolstoy, Kafka, Pirandello, Narayan, Garcia Maquez and Achebe. Prerequisite: Recommended: Placement in college-level reading and writing.
ENGL 278
5 credits
Women Writers
Students analyze, discuss and write about literature written by women in order to gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for the contributions of women to the field of literature. Emphasis is placed on the identification of themes, conventions and techniques of women writers across class and cultural boundaries. Prerequisite: Recommended: Placement in college-level reading and writing.
ENGL 295
2-5 credits
Special Studies in Literature
Students analyze, discuss and write about the literature of a particular genre, author or period. The course content varies and may include the following: Classical mythology, contemporary novels, mystery or crime fiction, historical novels, Western fiction, women writers, and Black and Chicano literature. The emphasis of each course is understanding the themes, conventions and techniques of the writers within the genre. The aim is to assist students in recognizing the ways in which literature reflects and challenges the values of its audience. Course may be repeated for credit with different topics. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101, grade of 2.0 or above; or permission of instructor. SFCC only: Recommended minimum reading placement score: COMPASS 80, ASSET 40.

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