Welcome to the English Lab at City College of San Francisco
Ways to Work
After many years of offering English support services in different rooms and buildings at the Ocean campus, the English Department now has a centralized location, a center for reading and writing, in Library 205 (R205), across the hall from where the Writing and Reading Labs used to be.  The English Lab is open to all students enrolled in CCSF English courses and designed for English course work only.  Your work in the lab should feel closely intertwined with the work in your English class, and the work you do in class should feel very much tied to what you are doing in the labs.  Please speak with your teacher and the lab faculty and staff if the lab-classroom relationship does not feel meaningful.  Please also speak with your teacher about your "distance ed" or off-campus and online lab-credit options.  Act now and receive
this printable listing of what to do and where to do it!
  • If you are working on an essay or analyzing a challenging text and looking for one-on-one help from a faculty or peer tutor, then please swing by the new tutoring area in the English Lab, Library 205 (R205).  Whether you're in the early planning stages or the fifth revision of your essay, the Writing Lab is the place for you.  We even have incredible writing groups, reading groups, and weekly grammar groups!  Learn more about tutoring here.
  • If you would like to work on your reading skills (vocabulary, fluency, annotation, comprehension), then please speak with your teacher about the many Reading Lab resources now in Library 205, the English Lab.  There you will find a wide range of workbook and computer activities to strengthen your reading skills.  Plus, you may also work one-on-one with a tutor to improve your reading strategies and join a reading group.  
  • If you would like to work a bit more independently with technology in the process of strengthening your writing and reading skills, then please go to the English Lab in Library 205. Like the Cyberia classroom in ArtsX 265, as well as classroom R205e, the English Lab in R205 has a great variety of writing and reading programs that will help you plan, edit, and revise your essays, as well as help you with grammar confusion, reading fluency, and the research process.
  • See the Web Resources page for more.  Look for ways to combine the strengths of different sites and programs in order to address your needs and learning style. Please also check your English textbook publisher's Web site, where you might find a great Internet companion to your book loaded with helpful links and activities.
Computer Programs and Web Resources

On each Web Resources page you will find an extensive list of Web sites organized around particular skills and needs: e.g., mechanics, planning, research, reading, grammar.  Match these online resources with what you are doing in class and with what your teacher says you should work on.  For example, if your essay is loaded with comma splices or if you have homework related to comma splices, then go to one of the Grammar and Mechanics sites, such as this guide, that helps you recognize and avoid comma splices. In fact, your teacher may have already asked you to use Learning Curve, online Rules for Writers, or Exercise Central to strengthen your skills. Since these are Web sites, you do not need to be in a campus lab to access them, so take advantage of them wherever you have an Internet connection.  (Lab credit, however, will often require lab attendance.)

Cyberia and the other English computer areas have become very popular among students and teachers because of the focus on English work and the programs that we have purchased to help with that work. Brainstorm, plan, and visualize your essay in its early stages with the Thesis Builder and Inspiration.  Listen to your essay with Write OutLoud or the free Natural Reader (w/ floating bar) during the later revision and editing stages.  Both programs are also very helpful with reading, vocabulary, and note-taking issues. Speaking of reading, thousands of CCSF students are using Reading Plus, a powerful program that improves fluency and increases reading rate and comprehension.  See what it does.

Here are a few of the Web sites (out of the many on the Web Resources pages) that students have found especially helpful:
Grammar and Mechanics
The Guide to Grammar and Mechanics
Sentence Sense
Anker's Diagnostic Test (at Exercise Central)
Grammar Bytes
Rules for Writers Grammar Excs.
Planning and Writing
The Thesis Builder (or the backup Generator)
The PIE Paragraph
CUNY's WriteSite (Check your Work)
Cyberia Activity Guide
Cultivating a Critical Eye
Reading and Studying
Vocabulary Games
Townsend Press
News Stories @ literacy.net
One Look Dictionary
Study Skills
Style and Research
Attending to Style
Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarizing
Research and Documentation Online (w/ '09 MLA Update)
Using Libraries (especially CCSF's)
Ethics and Plagiarism
Jump to the open lab and faculty tutoring hours for the English Department's primary lab services in R205.  Students in English classes should also take advantage of the Cyberia-based technology in the Mission Campus LAC (M-R 9:30-7:15) and in the Southeast Campus lab, room 407; English-only lab happens in room 407 on Fridays 9:30-11:00. This is especially great for students using the campus-only version of Reading Plus since that program can be accessed in campus labs only--but that means any campus lab in the city and with any computer using CCSF wireless.  Online Reading Plus, of course, can be accessed anywhere there's a Web connection--but update your Java and Flash! Remember, when you use the English Department's labs, you need to log in and log out.  And we love it when you bring your own earphones!  If you are in a class with a lab requirement, and there's a good chance that you are, you should also have a lab verification form with you in order to document and reflect upon what you've done, when you've done it, and, most importantly, why you've done it.  We no longer collect and stamp sheets, but your teacher may require you to record and reflect upon your work on paper.

Learn more at the The Lab Page!