English Courses

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Register for classes using WebAdvisor. Review the searchable online Class Schedule for class dates and times. Course descriptions are available in the Catalog. All students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review academic program requirements and discuss their long-range academic plan.

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
~ Frederick Douglas, American author, diplomat, editor, and abolitionist

Literature Courses

The English Departments offers a variety of literature courses. Students may take these courses because they are English majors, because they enjoy reading, because they are looking to fulfill a requirement, or for their own personal interest.

Fall 2021 Literature Courses

Spring 2022 Literature Courses

  • ENGL-104 The Short Story
  • ENGL-107 Literature and Film
  • ENGL-115 Women's Literature
  • ENGL-120B Survey of American Literature
  • ENGL-141 Advanced Novel and Short Story Writing

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Learning Communities

  • Puente Project: The Puente Project is designed to increase the number of educationally underrepresented students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees, and return to the community and become mentors and leaders of future generations. Puente students enroll in an English course with the added support of counselors and guidance of mentors.

  • Umoja Scholars Program: The Umoja Scholars Program is dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students. Umoja students enroll in an English course, a Strategies for Succeeding in College course, and an African American History course with the added guidance of mentors and support of a welcoming community.

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Which Class to Take—Transfer-level or Transfer Preparation?

Placement into the right English class is one of the critical first steps to helping students successfully start their college experience. It is also important that you understand your placement options and your rights to access transfer-level coursework. Learn more about the English and Math Placement process or view the Placement Model for English and math classes.

Transfer-level Courses

The English Department offers two levels of transfer composition. English 101A is the first semester transfer-level class and is required to graduate from Ohlone with an AA degree or to transfer to most four-year colleges. English 101B and 101C are second semester composition courses. Whether to take one of these classes or both may depend on where a student wishes to transfer.

Transfer-level English Courses

Transfer-level First Semester

Transfer-level Second Semester

ENGL-101A Reading and Written Composition

ENGL-101AX Reading and Written Composition 
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ENGL-101B Reading and Composition (Introduction to Literature)

ENGL-101C Critical Thinking and Composition


Pre Transfer-level Classes

The English Department offers two paths to prepare students for transfer-level English: 1) a combined reading and writing class (English 151RW), or 2) a separate reading class (English 163) and a separate writing class (English 151B). At the transfer-level reading and writing are taught together.

Pre Transfer-level English Courses

Integrated Reading and Writing Class

Separate Reading and Writing Classes

ENGL-151RW Introduction to College Reading and Writing

ENGL-163 Techniques of College Reading

ENGL-151B Fundamentals of Composition


One-Unit Courses

Students can enroll in one-unit classes through the English Learning Center to improve their reading skills in specific areas. Classes are individualized-students are assessed and given their own programs to complete, based on ability. Students can work on their own time to complete their programs, whenever the English Learning Center is open.

  • ENGL-172 Vocabulary Improvement
  • ENGL-173 Improvement of Learning Techniques
  • ENGL-174 Spelling Improvement
  • ENGL-175 Reading and Comprehension Improvement
  • ENGL-176 Rapid Reading

Specialized Classes

The English Department also offers courses for students interested in improving their job-related writing skills, in improving college-level critical reading skills, and working as a tutor.

  • ENGL-156 Introduction to Report and Technical Writing
  • ENGL-965 Supervised Tutoring

Student Learning Outcomes

General English Skills

  1. Demonstrate writing skills at the appropriate level.
  2. Demonstrate critical reading skills at the appropriate level.
  3. Retain knowledge from course to course.

English Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) and English AA Degree

  1. Analyze and interpret various kinds of literary texts, including poems, short stories, essays, novels, and plays.
  2. Effectively express their interpretations of literary texts in clear, coherent prose.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of works, genres, and periods of American, English, and world literature.

Detailed course descriptions for all English courses are available in the Ohlone College Catalog. Review the searchable online Class Schedule for class dates and times for the current semester.