English

College students must function in many worlds: worlds that demand literacy in written and spoken language, and worlds that demand literacy in languages that are more visual than verbal.  The English faculty recognize these two worlds and provide students with the critical and creative skills that can help them negotiate both the language-based and image-driven media and messages shaping their worlds.

We offer rich and varied courses that address these various literacies, serving the individual student, the academic community, and society at large.  Our courses include the study of literature, critical thinking, reading, writing, and media--all of which enhance communication skills, deepen understanding of cultural traditions, and prepare students for vocational programs as well as transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Since the English major is so versatile and valuable, students who earn a degree often enter fields such as law, education, public relations, human services, news and journalism, radio and television, and advertising or corporate communications.

Location 

Bldg. C, Rm. 28
Telephone extension: 3308

Hours

Fall & Spring terms:
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday,  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

summer: closed the months of June and July

Department Chair: Julia Raybould-Rodgers
Department Secretary: Kristi Brickey

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ESL Spotlight

Maria Ayala
ESL Student

"Deciding to go back to school to learn English and obtain my GED has been one of the most important decisions I ever made. My credit ESL instructors guided and helped me to adjust to my new life as a student. They understood me as a student and as a person. Being a full-time worker, a full-time student, and a mother of three was not easy, but my instructors encouraged me to keep going. They spent time with me revising my writing and giving me feedback to improve my English, even after class time. They made me feel welcome and proud of being a student later in life. Now, I am a Hancock graduate with three AAs and am currently attending Cal Poly. I'm here because my instructors encouraged me to never give up. My ESL instructors believed in me even before I started believing in myself. It has been a long and not so easy road but I now know that I can reach all my goals."
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Last Modified May 2, 2014