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ENGL 838 Intensive Introduction to Composition and Reading

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English Course Placement 

Multiple measures, including high school transcripts, are now being used to help determine proper placement of students into English 100 and other English courses. This means that all students entering College of San Mateo may use their high school transcripts to determine their English course placement. The English Placement Test, which measures reading and writing ability, is recommended but not required of all entering freshmen to assist with placement. Students transferring to College of San Mateo with credit in college English can use their transcripts to assist with placement, bypassing the need for English placement testing. Students who feel that their high school or college transcripts do not reflect their current abilities may want to take the placement test.

The following English courses are credit bearing but not degree applicable, which means that the units count for the purpose of financial aid but not toward the AA/AS degree: 828, 850, 875.

The English Program

The English program consists of transfer and non-transfer courses in composition, film, language, literature, reading, and speech communication. Entering students should enroll first in one of the following courses in composition:

Transfer Courses

English 100
ESL 400

Non-Transfer Courses

English 828, 838, 848
ESL 826, 827 or 828

The English requirement for the A.A./A.S. degree may be completed with additional units chosen from the following courses:

Transfer Courses

English 110, 165
Communication 110, 130, 140, 170, 171

Non-Transfer Courses

English 875
Communication 855

Note that English 100 with a grade of C or higher is the prerequisite for English 110, English 165, and for all transfer-level literature courses.

For those students who do not place into ENGL 100 on the placement tests, the following course options satisfy the prerequisite for ENGL 100 (all must be completed with a grade of C or higher): ENGL 838 or 848; or ESL 400.

For those students who do not place into ENGL 838 or 848 on the placement test, the following course options satisfy the prerequisite for ENGL 838 or 848 (all must be completed with a grade of C or higher): ENGL 828; or ESL 400; or ENGL 826 and READ 826.

Reading courses may be taken concurrently with any of the other courses in the English and Literature program.

Other English/Literature transfer courses are those numbered below 800; other English/Literature Non-Transfer courses are those numbered 800 or above.

The following English courses are pass-bearing but not degree-applicable, which means that the units count for the purpose of financial aid but not toward the A.A./A.S. degree: 828, 850, 875.

Minimum Grade for Prerequisites

Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite courses.

Course Description

Intensive practice in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking to develop and refine composition proficiency. Includes intensive instruction in reading comprehension and vocabulary development, elements of the essay, and composing techniques necessary for college writing (writing from source materials, analytical reading, and English usage and mechanics). Designed mainly to prepare students to meet competency standards required for entrance into English 100.

Units: 5
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 80-90
  • TBA hours/semester: 16-18
  • Homework hours/semester: 144-162
Prerequisites: Appropriate skill level indicated by the English placement tests; or ENGL 828; or ESL 400 or ENGL 826 and READ 826 (or eligibility for READ 836 or 400-level reading course).
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area E2a