English Courses

"I write fiction because it's a way of making statements I can disown, and I write plays because dialogue is the most respectable way of contradicting myself." -Tom Stoppard

Man wearing hat with brim, white shirt, beige pants, standing with hands in pocket and on hip.Walt Whitman - frontpiece for Leaves of Grass.

Because effective reading and writing skills are necessary for college success, students are strongly encouraged-and often required-to take a placement test. This test will assess a student's reading and writing skills and recommend the appropriate class(es). English Placement Test and Study Guides.

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.

Hybrid Classes: ENGL-101A, 151A, 151B, 162, 163

All English 101A, 151A, 151B, 162, and 163 courses are hybrid, with class meetings on campus and online. Students must have Internet access. Internet access is available for free to students in the computer labs on both the Fremont and Newark campuses.

  • ENGL-101A Reading and Written Composition
  • ENGL-151A/B Fundamentals of Composition
  • ENGL-162 Developmental Reading
  • ENGL-163 Techniques of College Reading

Developmental Sequence

The English Department offers two levels of developmental reading and writing before transfer-level composition. At the entry level, students take a separate reading class (English 162) and a separate writing class (English 151A). At the higher developmental level, students have the option of taking a separate reading class (English 163) and a separate writing class (English 151B) or a combined reading and writing class (English 151RW). At the transfer-level reading and writing are taught together.

Developmental Sequence English Courses
Type Developmental Level 1 Developmental Level 2 Transfer-level
Reading ENGL-162 Developmental Reading ENGL-163 Techniques of College Reading  
Writing ENGL-151A Fundamentals of Composition ENGL-151B Fundamentals of Composition  
Reading and Writing   ENGL-151RW Introduction to College Reading and Writing ENGL-101A Reading and Written Composition

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-101B Reading and Composition (Introduction to Literature)
ENGL-101C Critical Thinking and Composition

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 and writing, because they are looking to fulfill a requirement, or for their own personal interest.

Book cover: yellow and pink roses.Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson.
Book cover: Man with fist raised to sky.Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens.

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

Learning Communities

English classes, both reading and writing at the developmental and transfer levels, are often linked with other classes to create a learning community. Students in a learning community experience the same classes and enjoy the support of faculty and their fellow students. Learning Communities at Ohlone College.

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Textbooks, Online Access Codes, Other Supplies and Resources

Most Ohlone College classes require the purchase of a textbook, and some classes require the purchase of online access codes (also known as keys) or other supplies. Most of these purchases are available at the Ohlone College Bookstore.

Students may also be required to pay additional fees for access to online resources that are not available through the Ohlone College Bookstore. Please check with the instructor.

More at Textbooks: Information and Purchasing, including Online Orders, Newark Center Textbooks and Supplies, Book Buybacks, and Textbook Costs.

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.