Information and Frequently Asked Questions
About English 080 and 180
|English 080||English 180|
|May be taken for 1 or 2 credits||May be taken for 1 or 2 credits|
|Students work individually under the supervision of the Reading Lab Chair and Instructors||Students work individually under the supervision of the Reading Lab Chair and Instructors|
|Allows independent work in the Reading Lab||Allows independent work in the Reading Lab|
|Is a non-graded class with non-transferable credit||Is a graded class with transferable credits|
|Open to all students||Open to students who have taken or are currently in English 101|
|Automatic enrollment in this class if student is taking English 072 or English 089||Automatic enrollment in this class if student is taking English 106|
- To earn credit, students will need to spend time in the lab every week
- 1 credit = 22 units (approximately 2 hours/week)
- 2 credits = 44 units (approximately 4 hours/week)
- Students will record their work in a folder
- Student will meet with a Lab Instructor to track progress
After completing this class, students should be able to apply appropriate, effective reading skills and strategies to academic reading assignments.
Course Objectives and Activities
Each student will do individualized lab work related to their reading goals and learning preferences.
Students will learn, practice, and apply reading skills and strategies that increase:
Fluency Reading speed
Lab instructors will work with students to find the best combination of activities, which include the following:
- Reading an instructor-approved book and completing related assignments
- Working in computer programs
- Attending Reading Workshops
- Completing lessons in workbooks and reading textbooks
- Participating in the communal Word Tree or Word of the Day
With hard work and patience, students’ reading skills will grow and change. Students are encouraged to speak regularly with instructors in order to ensure steady progress.
Student FAQs about English 080 & 180
Q: How much time do I have to spend working in the Reading Lab, D202?
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.
1 lab unit = 50 minutes
2 lab units = 100 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 have an urgent family matter or suddenly remember an important meeting. If you have to sign out before you finish your 50 minutes, there is no penalty; however, you will not earn 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: You may leave the lab for a 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.
Q: What about exams?
A: At the beginning of the quarter, you will take a pre-test to 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 test nor the course summary are graded and they will not affect you receiving credit.
Q: So then how am I graded?
A: There are no grades for Engl 080. It is a credit/no credit class. If you complete your 22 or 44 units and have sufficient documentation of your work, you will receive credit. 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.
If you complete your 22 or 44 units for Engl 180, 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 dates and scores on worksheets that are kept in your folder that stays in the Reading Lab. A Reading Tutor will log your time and units in your folder. 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 by the end of the quarter, 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 that help you complete your reading homework faster—at home.
Q: How does my lab credit affect my class grade? (For linked classes such as ENGL 072 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 your Reading Lab class (Engl 080 or Engl 180). 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 only include the time you work in the Reading Lab toward your Reading Lab units.
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. Any work done outside the lab will not count toward your 22 or 44 units. Please ask a Reading Lab instructor if you have further questions.
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 and put away before entering the lab, including cell phones. Headphones should only be used for computer programs.
Q: What if I have an important phone call or text that I must answer?
A: You have 1 five-minute break per 50-minute session. The call may be answered outside of the lab during this break.
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.
Last Updated March 22, 2016