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Academic Learning Center - Reading and Writing Lab (Currently Closed for Curriculum Redesign, call (831) 755-6866 for more info)

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Haven't been to school in years and need to brush up your English skills? Are you an ESL (English as a Second Language) student wanting to improve your English grammar and speaking skills? Looking for help to pass a test like the CBEST to advance your professional career? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you've come to the right place.

The Reading and Writing Lab offers a variety of self-paced lab courses to help students improve their reading, writing, and study skills. Courses are designed to help students improve their comprehension, critical thinking, grammar, writing, and language skills in a friendly, student-centered environment.

What kinds of classes do you offer?

Students may enroll in any of the following. 1.0 unit classes require a minimum of 48 hours of instruction and 0.5 unit classes require 24 hours. For more detailed descriptions, please visit our Course Descriptions page:

  • 0.5 unit, independent study courses (Eng 175, Eng 185)
  • 1.0 unit writing and/or reading courses (Eng 176, Eng 184, Eng 186)
  • 1.0 unit supplemental (paired) instruction for ESL lecture classes. (ESL 165L)
  • 1.0 supplemental courses for English composition courses. (ENG253L, 101FL, 101L, 123L, and 124L)
  • Do students have to buy books for Lab Classes?

    No books are required; however, students must have a CAT Card (Hartnell ID) and add enough money to it to print their assignments when necessary..

    How do students keep track of their attendance?

    Students officially record their attendance on the Timekeeper computer, logging in as they arrive and logging out as they leave.

    How do students evaluate what they need to learn?

    All lab students have their reading and language (grammar) skills assessed and evaluated during their course as part of an individualized program of study. Each program may include computer-assisted instruction, text or multimedia lessons, and individual or group instruction on specific concepts and academic skills.

    What skills do students learn in the lab?

    On the basis of their assessment results, students may study any combination of the following curriculum:

  • Topic and Topic Sentence
  • Summary and Response
  • Structure and Development of the Sentence, Paragraph or Essay
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Theme and Thesis
  • Statement
  • Research and Documentation
  • Punctuation
  • Basic Word Processing and/or Internet Skills
  • Critical Reading and Thinking
  • Grammar
  • Study and Test-Taking Strategies
  • Listening Skills

  • What resources does the lab have for ESL students?

    To address the specific needs of ESL students (those learning English as a Second Language), the Reading and Writing Lab has multimedia, interactive CD-ROMs which include listening, reading, dictation, and writing activities.

    Can students drop by to learn more about lab services?

    Yes!!Informative tours of the Reading and Writing Lab, and classroom presentations about the Lab's curriculum and resources, may be arranged through the Academic Learning Center office by calling 755-6866.