I n f o r m a t i o n F o r I n s t r u c t o r s
The Learning Skills Program consists of three distinct areas:
Assessment, Basic Skills and Academic Support.
The Assessment Class, English 116, is a course that assesses a
person's learning strengths and weaknesses through a number of standardized
tests and determines if a person is eligible for learning disability services at
any California Community College. The tests target how a student learns in different areas, such as
long-term memory, short-term memory, visual learning and auditory learning.
Everyone learns differently. Many highly intelligent people have
experienced much frustration with traditional methods of teaching.
Benefits of English 116
- Better understanding of how students learn and acquire new information
- Less frustration for students
- Learn strategies that fit the student's learning strengths and weaknesses
- Discover if students are eligible for services to which they are entitled
To Sign Up
Students should make an appointment with a DSRC counselor to get a referral for
English 116. Then, they may register for the class.
Referring Students to English 116
- Learn to recognize students who may have a learning disability. For
a definition of a learning disability, see What is a
- On the first day of class, ask students about their previous experience
with English or Math courses.
- During the first week of instruction, introduce students to the Learning
Skills Program. Give them a brochure or direct them to the Learning
- During our Measure B Construction, our English 116 classes are located in
the Emergency Medical Services Building, 3100.
- Inform students of the various support systems available: WRAC Center,
English 116, ESL 114.
- Provide a variety of writing assignments (including informal writing) to
get a better picture of the student's writing skills.
- Talk to students individually if you suspect that they could benefit from
taking English 116.
After taking English 116, students can be referred to Basic Skills Classes
or Academic Support Classes.
Basic Skills Classes
These classes are designed to revive and reinforce the reading, writing and
math skills of learning disabled students. They include:
- English 117 - Reading
- English 118 - Writing
- English 119 - Math
Academic Support Classes
These classes are designed for learning disabled students who are
concurrently enrolled in academic classes (e.g. English 101, English 1A, Math
55, History 1, etc.). Here, students are given a support system and
exposure to the study skills they will need to succeed in their academic classes.
The Academic Support classes include:
- English 120 - English and Writing and/or Reading Based Classes
- English 121 - Math and Math Based classes
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