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LOS ANGELES CITY COLLEGE | 08-09 CATALOG [REV. 11/08]

english & esl

 

Chair:  Dr. Tammy Robinson

(323) 953-4000 ext. 2700 • JH300A
 www.lacitycollege.edu/academic/departments/engesl/index.html

 

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 PROGRAMS OFFERED

Associate of Arts:

English

 

Other Courses:

Linguistics

 

The department offers extensive English and ESL courses. The courses are offered from basic skills, ESL and extend to our transfer students. The English program is geared to assist students at all levels, so that they may improve their writing, and prepare to transfer in an environment that fosters a rich literary tradition. Students develop methods for critical interpretations of relevant works of English, American, and other literatures in English. Our ESL programs offers courses to assist students to improve their ability to write, read, and listen/speak English.

 

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 DEGREE PROGRAMS 


English

Associate of Arts Degree

Transfer Program

 

An Associate of Arts Degree in English requires a minimum of 18 units in the major in addition to the Plan A General Education requirements. The English curriculum encourages students who plan to transfer to begin their program of coursework early so that they will have completed all the required lower-division courses by the time they are ready to apply to four-year colleges or universities.  Nine to 12 of the required 18 units must be satisfied by taking English 102 (if not used to fulfill general education requirements), 203, 205, and 206.

 

Students who transfer as English majors must realize that the requirements vary from institution to institution.

 

The requirements for additional English and foreign language classes vary from school to school. Students should consult with a counselor to make sure they have the most complete and up-to-date information. Please refer to www.assist.org for most recent major preparation requirements of CSU and UC systems

 

 

REQUIRED COURSES                                                             UNITS

English 102 ....................................................................................... 3

English 203........................................................................................ 3

English 205........................................................................................ 3

English 206........................................................................................ 3

Total Required Units........................................................................ 9-12

 

In addition to the courses listed above, the student will fulfill the balance (6-9 units) of their required 18 units for their Associate of Arts Degree in English from the following courses:

 

Additional Courses                                                          Units

English 127........................................................................................ 3

English 204........................................................................................ 3

English 208........................................................................................ 3

English 211........................................................................................ 3

English 212........................................................................................ 3

English 214........................................................................................ 3

English 215........................................................................................ 3

English 216........................................................................................ 3

English 218........................................................................................ 3

English 239........................................................................................ 3

English 240........................................................................................ 3

English 252........................................................................................ 3

English 253........................................................................................ 3

English 255........................................................................................ 3

English 270........................................................................................ 3

 

Total Additional Units...................................................................... 6-9

 

Total Units Required for the

Associate of Arts Degree in English ............................................... 18

(if Foreign Language Level III is chosen ......................................... 20 )

 

Note:  English majors are also advised to take English 103 to fulfill a general education requirement, but this course would not apply toward major requirements.

Students who transfer as English majors must realize that requirements for additional English and foreign language classes vary from school to school.  Students should consult with a counselor to make sure they have the most complete and up-to-date information.

 

To complete general education requirements in this area of study, Plan A for the AA/AS Degree is required.

PLAN A: Please consult with a counselor about specific courses needed or see the college catalog "Graduation Requirements" section.  Plan A is designed for transfer to a four-year college or university. However, requirements vary depending upon the individual institution. Please consult with a counselor for the specific requirements of the university you plan to attend.

3-6Units         English Composition

6-9Units         Communication/Analytical Thinking

3Units             Natural Sciences

3Units             Humanities

9Units             Social/Behavioral Sciences (including American History & Governments)

3-4Units         Health/Physical Education

3-5 Units         Math Competency

(Math 115 or higher or passing score on Los Angeles Community College District Mathcompetency exam)


 

 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

 

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NOTE: Not every class is offered each semester. Refer to the current class schedule for current class offerings.

PREREQUISITES: Specified prerequisites must be completed with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

 

ENGLISH - BASIC SKILLS

 

ENGLISH 20

College Reading Skills

6 UNITS - NDC

Advisory: English 67 and English 68.

English 20 provides instruction in techniques of writing of clear, coherent compositions and improvement in reading skills which reinforce writing skills necessary for academic success.

 

ENGLISH 21

English Fundamentals

3 UNITS - NDC

Prerequisite: English 20,  ESL 6A, or appropriate placement score.

Co-requisite:  English 67.

Advisory:  English 68.

Introduction to English fundamentals, focusing on basic grammar, reading, and writing skills with additional individual tutoring and writing practice in the Writing Center of the English/ESL Department.

 

ENGLISH 28

Intermediate Reading and Composition

3 UNITS – (A)

Prerequisite: ESL 6A or English 21 or equivalent or appropriate placement score.

Advisory: English 67 and English 68.

English 28 provides instruction in techniques of writing at the college level.  It emphasizes grammar, essay writing, and reading assignments which reinforce writing skills.

 

ENGLISH 31

Composition and Critical Reading

5 UNITS – (A)

Prerequisite: ESL 6A or English 21 or appropriate placement score.

Advisory: English 68.

Intensive practice in reading, critical thinking, and writing skills needed in college transfer courses and on the job.

 

ENGLISH 33

Basic Vocabulary

3 UNITS – NDC

Prerequisite:  English 20, or ESL 5A.

English 33 is an intensive course to develop students’ vocabulary. Emphasis is on reading texts so that students learn word concepts, not just definitions; emphasis also on writing to expand students’ ability to express themselves with accuracy and fluency. Students will study word structures, forms, and origins to improve their reading and writing skills.

 

ENGLISH 46

Reading and Study Improvement 

3 UNITS – NDC

Develops reading versatility and efficiency:  rapid reading skills, skimming skills, critical reading skills and study skills.  Prepares students to read materials used in college level courses.

 

ENGLISH 47

Reading Clinic

3 UNITS – (RPT 1) NDC

Develops the skills necessary to comprehend college level reading material: analysis of sentences, paragraphs, articles, and textbook format; techniques of outlining, underlining and critical reading; college level vocabularies.

 

ENGLISH 67

Writing Laboratory 

0.5 UNITS – (RPT 3) NDC

Individual help in improving college writing; organization, clarity, and mechanics.

Note:  English 21 students are required to take English 67.

 

ENGLISH 68

Reading Laboratory

0.5 UNITS – (RPT 3) NDC

Individual help in improving college reading.  Emphasis on vocabulary, sentence and paragraph meaning, and finding main ideas.

 

ENGLISH 69

Writing and Revising on the Computer

1 UNIT – (RPT 3) NDC

Individual help in using computers to improve their writing skills including organizing, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics.

 

ENGLISH 78

Writing Memoir

3 UNITS – (RPT 2) (A)

This course focuses on writing personal memoirs. Students will read full-length memoirs by published writers, and outline and compose their own memoirs. During the semester, students will learn to recognize and explore memories and experiences, decide what to include and exclude, and in the writing process, discover new meanings from their pasts which gives perspectives to the present. At the end of the course, students will have produced an outline and a minimum of two sample chapters from their own memoir.

 

ENGLISH 94

Intensive Grammar Review

3 UNITS – NDC

Advisory:  Eligibility for English 21.

An intensive review of grammar and sentence structure for students who want extra help before taking English 28 or 101.      

 

UNIVERSITY TRANSFER COURSES

 

ENGLISH 101

College Reading and Composition I

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: English 28 /31 or appropriate placement score.

Advisory: English 67 or 68.

English 101 is a transfer course that develops proficiency in college-level reading and writing through the practice of critical thinking and well-developed logical expository writing.

 

ENGLISH 102

College Reading and Composition II

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: of English 101 or equivalent.

Development of critical thinking, reading, and writing skills beyond the level achieved in English 101 and emphasizes logical reasoning, analysis, and strategies of argumentation using literature and literary criticism as subject matter.

 

ENGLISH 103

Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: English 101 or equivalent.

Development of logical, argumentative, and analytical thinking through examination of written and other types of cultural texts.

 

ENGLISH 124

Short Story Writing I

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite:  English 101 or equivalent.

This is a course in the writing of short fiction.  The focus will be on character, narrative development, voice, style, and revision.  We will read and analyze narrative structures of twentieth century writers, and students will experiment with various ways to structure the short story.  Students will share their writing in class, and critique each others’ work, using the theory and techniques studied.

 

ENGLISH 127

Creative Writing

3 UNITS – (RPT 2) (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: English 101 or equivalent.

This course offers blocks of intensive training in writing poetry, prose fiction, and/or playwriting.  Discussion of each participant’s writing is the central mode of instruction, supplemented by examples of published writers and theoretical essays on the creative process.

 

ENGLISH 137

Library Research and Bibliography 

1 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: English 28 or equivalent.

Students learn how to use Internet resources to evaluate online information to publish original multimedia research projects.

 

ENGLISH 203

World Literature I (beginnings to 1600)

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: English 101 or equivalent.

Reading key literary works and ideas of the Western world, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, from antiquity to the seventeenth century, in order to appreciate these literary works and express that appreciation in reasoned analyses.

 

ENGLISH 204

World Literature II (1600 to the present)

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: English 101 or equivalent.

A reading of key literary works and ideas of the Western world, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, India, and the Americas, from the seventeenth century to the present, in order to increase understanding of the modern world.

 

ENGLISH 205

English Literature I (Beginnings to 1800)

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: English 102 or equivalent.

Reading, discussion and analysis of major works of English literature from the beginnings of the nineteenth century, to develop student’s understanding and appreciation of the poetry, fiction, and drama of these literary periods, and to express that appreciation in reasoned analyses.

 

ENGLISH 206

English Literature II: Nineteenth Century to the Present

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: English 102 or equivalent.

Reading, discussion, and analysis of major works of English literature from the nineteenth century to the present.  Designed to develop the student’s ability to understand and appreciate the poetry, fiction, and drama of these literary periods and to express that appreciation in reasoned analyses.

 

ENGLISH 208

American Literature II: Nineteenth Century to the Present

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite:  English 101 or equivalent.

The course covers American writers from the Civil War period to the present. Writers include Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, William Faulkner, Zora Neal Hurston, Leslie Marmon Silko, Tomas Rivera, Bharati, Mukerjee, and Allen Ginsberg and others.

 

ENGLISH 211

Fiction 

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: English 101 or equivalent.

Reading, discussion, and analysis of selected short stories and novels written in, or translated into, English from a diversity of cultures and countries to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of the art and craft of fiction writing.

 

ENGLISH 212

Poetry

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: English 101 or equivalent.

English 212 studies the work of select poets and provides background required for appreciation of poetry. Historical sense and literacy appreciation sharpened by reading the 20th and 21st centuries’ interlocking families of poets, including “avant-garde,” “language poetry,” works by African-American poets, lesbian and gay poets, bilingual and Spanish language poets, neoformalists, and others.

 

ENGLISH 214

Contemporary Literature

3 UNITS - (UC: CSU)

Prerequisite: English 101 or equivalent.

A reading of key literary works and ideas of the recent mainstream and ethnically diverse literature to develop understanding and appreciation of contemporary culture, through reasoned analyses of its literature. 

 

ENGLISH 215

Shakespeare I

3 UNITS - (UC: CSU)

Prerequisite: English 101 or equivalent.

A reading of Shakespeare to develop an understanding of and appreciation for his sonnets and representative comedies, histories, and tragedies.

 

ENGLISH 216

Shakespeare II

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: English 101 or equivalent.

A continuation of the study of Shakespeare’s poetry, theater and drama with a selection of different works of Shakespeare than those used in English 215.

 

ENGLISH 218

Children’s Literature

3 UNITS – (CSU)

Prerequisite: English 101 or equivalent.

Reading, discussion, and analysis of children’s literature: fairy tales, myths, fiction, and poetry.

 

ENGLISH 219

The Literature of American Ethnic Groups

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: English 101 or equivalent.

English 219 offers a critical analysis of the various ethnic American writers who straddle two or more cultures.  The diversity of conflicting perspectives in novel, autobiography, essay, and poetry will be read and analyzed in the context of how these writers have defined or challenged concepts of identity, society, and power in past and contemporary American cultures.  Literary works by African-American, American-Indian, Asian-American, Arab-American, Chicano/Latino, and Euro-American writers will be analyzed in terms of assimilation, acculturation, double and mestiza consciousness, and wholeness.  

 

ENGLISH 239

Women in Literature

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: English 101 or equivalent.

This course offers a survey of literature in English by women, with an emphasis on writers of 20th century.  The course includes prose fiction, poetry, autobiography, and essays.

 

ENGLISH 240

Literature and the Motion Picture I

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: English 101 or equivalent.

This course gives students opportunities to analyze and evaluate films of artistic and cultural significance.  The language, structure, and narrative techniques of film and literary classics will be compared by reading literature and watching films based on these literary sources.

 

ENGLISH 252

The English Bible as Literature

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite:  English 101 or equivalent.

A study of the Bible with the Oxford Annotated Text as the basic text, in order to study the principal achievements of the Hebrew and Greek Testaments, and to note literary and cultural influence.

 

ENGLISH 253

Opera as Literature

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite:  English 101.

This course will study a selection of significant literary works that have been made into operas analyzing both the cultures in which they were created and how the interactions of music and drama transform or realize each literary work.  Readings will include selected poems, plays, and fiction.  Among the opera will be works by Purcell, Mozart, Puccini, Wagner, Verdi, and Britten.

 

ENGLISH 255

Latin American Literature

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite:  English 101.

This course will study a selection of significant literary works by Latin American authors.  Readings will include selected poems, plays, and fiction by writers such as Pablo Neruda, Galeano, and Jorge Luis Borges, and will explore the themes of magical realism, social engagement, “la raza cosmica,” and utopian yearnings.

ENGLISH 270

Science Fiction – Fantasy

3 UNITS (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite:  English 101 or equivalent.

This course presents science fiction literature, with emphasis on use of mythology, science fiction by scientists and non-scientists, philosophically oriented science fictions, and science fiction as fantasy and escape literature.

ENGLISH 185 Directed Study — 1 UNIT   (CSU) (RPT 2)

ENGLISH 285 Directed Study — 2 UNITS (CSU)

ENGLISH 385 Directed Study — 3 UNITS (CSU)

Prerequisite: Approval of proposed project. See Department Chair.

This course allows students to pursue directed study in literary analysis, a particular genre or period, or independent research on a contract basis under the direction of a supervising instructor.  A maximum of 3 units in Directed Study may be taken for credit.

 

 

LINGUISTICS

LINGUISTICS 1

Introduction to Language and Linguistics

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: English 21 or equivalent.

Examination of the nature of language: its sociological, psychological, and universal aspects.

LINGUISTICS 2

Introduction to Sociolinguistics

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: English 28/31 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

This course examines how societies create, maintain, and change languages.  Students will study the processes of linguistic variation and its relationship to geography and socio-cultural identity in both monolingual and multilingual settings.  Students will gain an understanding of language as a communicative, semiotic, and cognitive tool in society.

LINGUISTICS 3

Introduction to Psycholinguistics

3 UNITS – (CSU)

Prerequisite: English 28/31 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

Learn how the brain creates, stores, and uses language.  Study experiments with language and mind.  Useful for all students of language and cognitive science.
 

 

COLLEGE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

ESL 1A

Integrated Skills: Reading and Writing

6 UNITS - NDC

Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score.

Advisory: ESL 1B.

(Credit/No Credit)

For low beginning ESL students. Emphasis on development of basic grammar, reading and writing for college work.               

ESL 1B

Integrated Skills: Listening and Speaking

6 UNITS - NDC

Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score.

Advisory: ESL 1A.

(Credit/No Credit)

For low beginning ESL students. Emphasis on development of basic listening and speaking.

ESL 2A

Integrated Skills: Reading and Writing

6 UNITS - NDC

Prerequisite: ESL1A or appropriate score on the ESL placement assessment.

Advisory: ESL 2B.

(Credit/No Credit)

For beginning ESL students. Emphasis on development of basic reading and writing for college work.

ESL 2B

Integrated Skills: Listening and Speaking

6 UNITS - NDC

Prerequisite: ESL1B or appropriate score on the ESL placement assessment.

Advisory: ESL 2A.

(Credit/No Credit)

For beginning ESL students. Emphasis on development of basic speaking and listening for college work.

ESL 3A

Writing and Grammar

6 UNITS - NDC

Prerequisite: ESL 2A or appropriate score on ESL placement.

Advisory: ESL 3B and ESL 3C.

(Credit/No Credit)

For low intermediate ESL students. Improves writing to prepare students for college work.

 

ESL 3B

Reading and Vocabulary

3 UNITS - NDC

Prerequisite: ESL 2B or appropriate score on the ESL placement assessment.

Advisory: ESL 3A and ESL 3C.

(Credit/No Credit)

For low intermediate ESL students. Improves reading and vocabulary to prepare students for college work.

 

ESL 3C

Listening and Speaking

3 UNITS - NDC

Prerequisite: ESL 2B or appropriate score on the ESL placement assessment.

Advisory: ESL 3A and ESL 3B.

(Credit/No Credit)

For low intermediate ESL students. Improves listening and speaking skills to prepare students for college work.

 

ESL 4A

Writing and Grammar

6 UNITS - NDC

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of ESL 3A or appropriate score on the ESL placement assessment. Advisory: ESL 4B.

(Credit/No Credit)

For intermediate ESL students. Improves writing to prepare students for college work.

 

ESL 4B

Reading and Vocabulary

3 UNITS - NDC

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of ESL 3B or appropriate score on the ESL placement assessment. Advisory: ESL 4A.

(Credit/No Credit)

For intermediate ESL students. Improves reading to prepare students for college work.

 

ESL 5A

Writing and Grammar

6 UNITS - NDC

Prerequisite: ESL 4A or appropriate score on the ESL placement assessment.

Advisory: ESL 5B.

For low advanced ESL students. Improves writing to prepare students for college work.              

 

ESL 5B

Reading and Vocabulary

3 UNITS - NDC

Prerequisite: ESL 4B or appropriate score on the ESL placement assessment.

Advisory: ESL 5A.

For low advanced students. Improves reading to prepare students for college work.

 

ESL 6A

Writing and Grammar

6 UNITS - NDC

Prerequisite: ESL 5A or appropriate score on the ESL placement assessment.

Advisory: ESL 6B.

For advanced students. Improves writing to help prepare students for college work.

ESL 6B

Reading and Vocabulary

3 UNITS - NDC

Prerequisite: ESL 5B or appropriate score on the ESL placement assessment.

Advisory: ESL 6A.

For advanced ESL students. Improves reading to prepare students for college work.

ESL 12

Writing and Revising on the Computer for ESL Students

1 UNIT - (RPT3) NDC

Introduction to computer resources for ESL students at any level of English.

 

 

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