English Basic Skill Sections and 1A/1B Theme Descriptions


Reading and writing are often the basis for success in all areas of college and your work life. In this class you will learn how to write in different styles, while reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction books. Added bonus? You'll fulfill your reading and composition requirement for both an AA/AS degree and a UC/CSU transfer! Classes are offered online, at Sunnyvale and the main campus.


In these introductory writing courses, students receive individualized instruction and assistance before entering English 1A or 1B.

ENGL 110.01
MW 8-9:50 a.m.
F 8-8:50 a.m.
Instructor: Jacqueline Gothard

ENGL 110.02
TTh 8-9:50 a.m.
F 9-9:50 a.m.
Instructor: Kimberly Escamilla

ENGL 209.03
TTh 8-9:50 a.m.
F 9-9:50 a.m.
Instructor: Hilda Fernandez


Read the descriptions below and choose your English 1A or 1B section! 

ENGL 1A.51 AND ENG 1B.51
MTWTh, 10 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
April 10-May 19 (English 1A)
May 22-June 30 (English 1B)

These accelerated, six-week courses enable you to complete your English 1A and English 1B requirements in a single quarter!  Successfully complete English 1A in the first six weeks of the quarter, and you will be able to register for English 1B for the second six weeks.

ENGL 1A.40

(Sunnyvale MW 9-11:15 a.m.)
Instructor: Katherine McCormick
Theme: Man’s relationship to food

What exactly food is in a world of increasing globalization, industry, and science has become challenging to discern. In this class, we will explore our relationship to food personally, culturally and physically. Text: In Defense of Food.

T/Th 8-9:50 a.m., F 9-9:50 a.m.
Instructor: Erik Bachman
Theme: Antebellum and neo-slave narratives

Formulate essays on the relationship of history, race, identity, literary form and intertextuality. Texts: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American SlaveFlight to Canada, Kindred, Oxherding Tale.  

Online or T/Th 1:30-3:45 p.m.
40770 or 41154 (online), CRN 40769 T/Th
Doren Robbins
Theme: Civil liberties and democracy

We will cover all genres and eras, from classical Japanese and Chinese poetry and Shakespeare’s Sonnets, to the Beat Generation writings and contemporary short stories.

ENGL 1B.09
MW 10-11:50 a.m. F 10-10:50 a.m.
CRN 40303
Joel Tomfohr
Theme: The immigrant experience

Read literature that reflects the rich, eclectic experience of recent immigrants to the United States. Texts: We the Animals,  City Terrace Field Manual,  Long Day's Journey Into Night.

ENGL 1B.04
MW: 8-9:50 a.m., F: 8-8:50 a.m.
Instructor: Scott Riley
Theme: Cultural studies

We will explore a number of questions regarding literature, literary interpretation and the possibilities of humanities coursework. Texts: Life of Pi, Beloved.



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