SBCC English Teacher showing students writing techniques.

English Skills

About Our Program

The English Skills Department provides the following three courses that focus on critical reading and composition practice. English 88 is intended as an option for students prior to taking English 110. English 103 can be taken with or prior to English 110.  English 101RS is a support course in reading that can be taken at any time to adopt and practice effective reading strategies with any assigned college level reading. Our courses can help you prepare for success in college, in your chosen vocation, and in daily life. 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

English 88: Reading and Composition Intensive 
1. Demonstrate comprehension of assigned texts by identifying the main ideas and supporting details.Develop organized paragraphs supported with evidence from class texts and personal experience or observation. 
2. Create a thesis to focus on purpose and respond to a rhetorical situation.
3. Respond to the needs of an academic audience by choosing appropriate syntax, diction, grammar and mechanics. 
4. Apply instructional feedback to the stages of the writing process.
English 101RS: Reading Studio 
1. Apply appropriate reading comprehension strategies to analyze text. 
2. Demonstrate high-level critical thinking and analysis of text according to the course content
English 103: Critical Thinking and Reading
1.Present verbal and written interpretations of assigned readings using textual evidence. 
2. Apply active reading and study strategies using assigned readings independently. 
3. Analyze, summarize and evaluate assigned readings, including readings in which authors represent multiple perspectives 
The English Skills Department, in collaboration with the Vocational Nursing Department, offers the following reading course for potential candidates for the Vocational Nursing Program. 
English 160: 
1. Apply active reading strategies (e.g. marginal annotation) to assigned readings from professional nursing journals. 
2. Summarize, analyze, and evaluate assigned readings. Apply appropriate study strategies (e.g. Cornell notes) needed to complete tasks required by the LVN curriculum. Achieve a score of 63.7% or higher on the Reading portion of the TEAS V test. 
3. Demonstrate culturally sensitive patient care.

Department Offices

Chair:  Eileen Vlcek-Scamahorn (IDC 308 ext. 8783)
Miriam Theis, Matriculation Instructional Support Specialist (IDC-317, ext. 2340)
Priscilla Mora, Dean (BC, ext. 4154)

Faculty and Offices

  • Annette Cordero (IDC-372, ext. 2863)
  • Anita Cruse (IDC 315, ext. 4714)
  • Margaret Prothero (DC-322, ext. 2687)
  • Jason File (IDC 357 ext. 3405)
  • Margaret Prothero (IDC-322, ext. 2687)
  • Eileen Vlcek-Scamahorn (IDC 308 ext. 8783)
  • Sheila Wiley (ECC-4, ext. 5156)