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English Guided Self-Placement

About English at Santiago Canyon College:

At SCC, we believe in providing you English course guidance based on what would be suitable for your career plans, subject readiness, life circumstances, and overall goals. It will take several minutes to complete the prompts and your responses will assist in guiding you toward the right course and best resources available to support your success. We recommend that you meet with a counselor for course selection and educational planning.  For counselor availability, please call (714) 628-4800 or stop by the Counseling Center in D-106 to schedule an appointment.

English Course Sequence:

A brief description of SCC English composition courses are provided below.

English 099, Introduction to Composition (4.5 units)

This course is designed to prepare students for transfer-level English in a single semester by introducing simple, multi-paragraph, unified essays; library research methods; and fundamental documentation techniques so as to improve skills in expository and argumentative writing and reading comprehension. Students will spend time in the Writing Center and be exposed to advanced grammar, sentence structure, and English usage and diction.​​

English 100, Freshman Composition with Integrated Support (4.5 units)

This course will address the following in more detail than a standard English 101, with an emphasis on integrated support to improve sentence skills, grammar, and mechanics: rhetorical and logical principles related to the development of significant expository content in intelligently organized essays, paragraphs, and sentences; critical reading; acceptable diction, appropriate tone, and academic style; the writing process with a focus on prewriting, drafting, and revision strategies; use of library research tools and techniques to produce a well-documented paper in proper MLA format.

English 101, Freshman Composition (4 units)

The five general purposes of this course include rhetorical and logical principles related to the development of significant expository content in intelligently organized essays, paragraphs, and sentences; critical reading; acceptable diction and sentence mechanics; the writing process with a focus on prewriting, drafting, and revision strategies; use of library's research tools and the techniques of a documented paper in proper MLA format.

Reading Course Sequence:

A brief description of reading courses are below. ​

Reading 101, Introduction to Academic Reading (3 units)

This course is designed to provide you with opportunities to expand reading comprehension, master high-level vocabulary, develop a foundation for the critical evaluation of college-level text, improve reading rate and build confidence and positive attitudes toward reading in order to help you succeed in college.

Reading 102, Academic Reading (3 units)

This course introduces a repertoire of reading strategies aimed at preparing you for comprehension of complex college-level reading material. Advanced reading strategies provide the foundation for the development of critical reading and the recognition of patterns of academic thought. Reading strategies for specific disciplines, including the Social Sciences, Business, Humanities and the Arts, Mathematics and the Natural Sciences are presented.

Reading 130, Reading Strategies for Across the Curriculum (1 unit)

This course is designed to help you approach difficult reading materials in content area courses by introducing several effective reading strategies, such as Talking to the Text, Think-Aloud, and Chunking. This is a support course for discipline-specific courses.

Reading 150, Critical Reading (3 units)

This course addresses the relationship between critical reading and critical thinking, including emphasis on the development of critical reading and thinking skills that facilitate the interpretation, analysis, criticism, and advocacy of ideas encountered in academic reading.

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