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English Discipline

English Discipline

Welcome to the English discipline at MVC. To contact full-time English faculty, please view the faculty directory on the Communications department page.

 

Our Mission

The MVC English discipline's mission is to promote equity in student success: in particular, to develop critical reading and writing skills that support all students' successful course completion and success in college; to nurture an environment that maximizes students' learning potential; and to honor students' diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and the assets and expertise they bring to class.

 

English 1A is for everyone! Research shows you can do it!

 

English Composition at MVC: Choosing the Best Path for You

Every student has the right to enroll directly into English 1A without taking English 91. If you would like more information on enrolling directly into English 1A without 91, see the challenge/opt in process.

Students can take either English 1A or English 1A+91 before English 1B.

 

English 1A vs. English 1A+91

What are English 1A and English 91? What's the difference between ENG-1A versus ENG-1A+91?

English 1A English 1A+91
  • English 1A is a 4-unit English Composition class that fulfills the college writing requirement.
  • Every student has the right to enroll directly into English 1A without the extra units of English 91.
  • Expect interactive instruction and activities related to reading and writing.
  • Expect feedback from instructors.
  • Expect access to additional support such as embedded tutors, office hours, the Learning Center, and the Writing and Reading Center.
  • English 1A+91 is Eglish 1A (see description to left) and English 91, a 2-unit support course.
  • English 1A+91 are linked together; to stay enrolled in one, you must stay enrolled in both.
  • Even through English 1A+91 are two separate classes, it will feel like a single, 6-unit english 1A class taught by the same instructor for both classes.
  • English 91 provides you with additional time in the classroom for even more feedback, guidance, and support.

 

How Am I Placed into English 1A vs. English 1A+91?

  • You will be placed directly into ENG-1A if: You have a high school GPA of 2.6 and above or earned EAP (Ready) or earned EAP (Conditionally Ready + ERWC with C- or higher).
  • You will be placed into ENG-1A with the option of taking English 91 if: You have a high school GPA of 1.9 to 2.59. However, the MVC English faculty recommend that you enroll directly into English 1A without 91.
  • You will be placed into ENG-1A with the requirement of taking English 91 if: You have a high school GPA under 1.9. However, you can opt out of this requirement with a simple form that is automatically approved. The form should take 2 - 3 minutes to complete.
  • You will be placed directly into ENG-1B if: You earned a 3, 4, or 5 on AP Composition & Language or you earned a 3, 4, or 5 on AP Composition & Literature.
  • Note: If you earned a GED and/or it's been 10 or more years since you attended high school, we recommend that you choose between English 1A and English 1A+91. You can discuss your options with a counselor and/or read over the differences between the two classes.

 

Challenging Your Placement: Opting into English 1A without English 91

Every student has the right to enroll directly into English 1A without taking English 91. If you have been placed into English 1A+91 as a recommendation, you do not need to challenge your placement and opt into English 1A. Simply enroll in English 1A as you would other classes. If you have been placed into English 1A+91 as a requirement, follow the two steps below.

 

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