Questions about English 080 and 180
Q: How much time do I have to spend working in the in the Reading Lab?
A: For 1 credit you need to complete 22 units by the end of the quarter.
For 2 credits you need to complete 44 units.
One lab unit = 50 minutes.
Q: How long must I work in the lab per day in order to earn credit?
A: At least 50 minutes in the lab to earn 1 unit.
Q: How many units can I earn in 1 day?
A: 2 per day at most. (100 minutes). You may stay longer if you wish, but you will not get more than 2 units and extra time will not count towards future visits.
Q: Can I divide my 50 minutes throughout the day?
A: Sorry, no. You must spend at least 50 minutes all at once in the lab.
Q: Can I divide my 2 units throughout the day?
A: You may. Here are your options for earning units in the lab:
- Stay for 50 minutes all at once and earn 1 unit
- Stay for 100 minutes all at once and earn 2 units
- Stay for 50 minutes, sign out. Return later for another 50 minutes and earn 2 units that day.
Q: What happens if I can’t stay for the minimum 50 minutes?
A: Maybe you receive an urgent text from a family member. Maybe you forgot about an important meeting. Maybe you remembered that today you have to catch the early bus. These things happen, and there are no negative consequences if you have to sign out before you finish your 50 minutes. However, you will not receive any units and the time you already spent cannot count towards future visits.
Q: Can I take a break while I’m working in the lab?
A: Feel free to leave the lab for a quick 5 minute break, but after more than 10 minutes you will be signed out or asked to make up the missing time.
Q: How much homework will I have from this class?
A: No homework. All assignments are done here in the lab. We’ve designed it that way to give you the time and opportunity to practice reading skills in a quiet learning environment.
Q: What about exams?
A: At the beginning of the quarter, you will take a diagnostic assessment. This will help us find out your current reading abilities. At the end of the quarter, you will complete a course summary that evaluates your time and progress in the lab. Neither the diagnostic assessment nor the course summary are graded and they will not affect you receiving credit
Q: So then how am I graded?
A: For Engl 080: There are no grades for this class. It is a credit/no credit class. If you complete your 22 or 44 units and you can and you have sufficient documentation of your work, you will receive credit in the Reading Lab. If you do not complete your 22 or 44 units and/or you do not have sufficient documentation, you will not receive credit for the Reading Lab class.
For Engl 180: If you complete your 22 or 44 units and you can and you have sufficient documentation of your work, you will get an “A”. If you do not complete your 22 or 44 units and/or you do not have sufficient documentation, you will get an “F”.
Q: What’s “sufficient documentation?”
A: You will record everything you do in a folder that stays in the lab. It’s also where your time and units are tracked. Lab instructors look at your folder frequently and sometimes write comments or recommendations. If you don’t have 22 or 44 units’ worth of work documented in your folder, you cannot receive credit.
Q: Can I do other homework in the Reading Lab?
A: Sorry, no. This is a credit class, not a study hall. While you are here, you should work on the programs and activities we assign you.
Q: But what if my homework is reading?
A: Still no. The activities and programs we assign you are designed to help you build the skills so that you can complete your reading homework faster—-at home.
Q: How does my lab credit affect my class grade? (For linked classes such as STEPS and ENGL 106)
A: Your other class is separate from the Reading Lab. If you complete your 22 or 44 units and have sufficient documentation of your work, you will receive credit in the Reading Lab. Your other class instructor will determine your grade for their class. Sometimes instructors will look at your Reading Lab work to help them determine your grade. If you have questions or concerns about your grade for the linked class, speak to your class instructor.
Q: Can I work on computer programs at home and earn lab units that way?
A: Sorry, no. We can’t track what you do or how long you spend working. We trust you, of course, but others might lie about their time. So we have to say no.
Q: What if I don’t care about units and just want more practice?
A: We like to hear that! MOST of our computer programs are site licensed and we cannot give out access codes for security reasons. However, SOME of our programs and activities can be worked on outside the lab. This is a conversation to have with an instructor after you’ve been working in the lab for a few weeks. And again, any work done outside the lab will not count towards your 22 or 44 units.
Q: Can I eat or drink in the lab?
A: As with all campus labs, food and drink are not allowed.
Q: Can I use my cell phone in the lab?
A: The Reading Lab policy is to have all electronics turned off before entering the lab, including cell phones. Cell phones are distracting for all students. Headphones should only be used for computer programs.
Q: Can my child come with me to the Reading Lab?
A: We’re sorry, but our lab is not a suitable environment for children. Non-students are not allowed to use state computers.
Questions about Reading Workshops
Q: I’m taking Engl 080 or Engl 180. How can my participation in a workshop count towards my lab time?
A: 1 Workshop = 1 lab unit. Full participation is necessary in order to receive a unit
1) Come to the Reading Lab a few minutes before the Workshop begins.
2) Log in to the computer and then go to the Workshop. Workshops always take place near the Reading Lab and are lead by Reading Lab Instructors.
3) Fill out the attendance sheet at the Workshop and give full participation.
4) After the Workshop, ask the Lab Instructor to initial your folder.
5) Log out of the Reading Lab and put your folder away.
Q: Am I required to attend workshops if I am taking Engl 080 or 180?
A: Nope! Workshop attendance is completely optional. But we think Workshops are a fun and engaging way to learn and practice reading skills, so we encourage everyone to check them out.
Q: Can I work in the lab before or after a workshop?
A: Of course you can!
If you wish to come before a workshop:
1) Log into the computer, work on your programs.
2) When it’s time for the Workshop, take your folder with you. Don’t sign out yet.
3) Fill out the attendance sheet at the Workshop and to have a Lab Instructor initial your folder.
4) Log out of the Reading Lab and put your folder away.
If you wish to work in the lab after a workshop:
1) Log in to the computer and then go to the Workshop.
2) Fill out the attendance sheet at the Workshop. After the Workshop, ask the facilitating Lab Instructor to initial your folder.
3) Then proceed to the lab and work on your assigned activities. When you are finished, log out like always and put your folder away.
*Remember, you can earn up to 2 units in one day, so plan accordingly *
Q: I forgot to log in/fill out the attendance sheet/get my folder initialed. What do I do?
A: Notify a Lab instructor. If you have done at least one of these, then we can take care of the rest.
Q: I am not taking ENGL 080 or 180 but I want to attend a workshop. What do I do?
A: Come in to the Academic Success Center, Room D204 and sign in at the front desk. The assistant there will show you where to go next.