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After weeks of scientific testing, JJ Sauvé has determined that his fat cat's tail tastes much better than any of his dogs' tails.  Now that the puppies have arrived, however, a new battery of tests will commence in January.


Oliver Kleinman, born 11/21, stretches across his father's belly after scoring a 32 on the RFU (Retching for Understanding) Test last week.  Congratulations, young scholar.

A strong scholarly resource on basic skills composition can be found at  Several of your colleagues have found this very helpful, something that should play a role in our curricular discourse.

Carol Fregly conveys thanks to all for purchasing See's Candy !
Because we met our 50 pound quota at See's, the English Department now has an account number that allows us to receive a 30 percent discount on purchases at the outlet near the airport (400 S. Airport Blvd, opposite Costco).

To get this discount, a member of the department must bring proof of employment (paycheck stub will do) plus a photo ID (driver's license).  

Our account # is 29648300 and will be good till October 3l, 2005.

To keep our account active, we must purchase another 50 pounds (or more) next November-December.  Think
chocolate for next year's gift-giving season.

The City College

of San Francisco

English Department


Fall 2004 

December 59.4


From Dean Bruce Smith:

The State Chancellors' Office gave degree applicable credit approval to ESL 170.  This means that the new written composition requirement can proceed and we can begin work on the implementation.  ESL 170 is designed for ESL students who are only interested in an associate degree or Certificate of Achievement.  All other students would be required to complete at least Eng. 96 for graduation. 

I want to express my appreciation for the commitment and hard work that many people in both the English and ESL Departments have put into getting us to this point.  I am very happy that we have finally addressed this issue in a cooperative and collaborative manner that I think will be beneficial to all of our students.

I hope your holidays and winter break are enjoyable and rejuvenating.

Speech teacher Michelle Gorthy enjoys the gaze of Sage, her beautiful daughter.  For the most part, the nonverbal communication revolved around vegetarian politics and utopian anarchy.


Jackie Berger's second book, Things That Burn, was chosen by Mark Strand as the winner of this year's Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry. The book will be published by the University of Utah press this spring.



During the year 2002-2003, Leslie Simon was a fellow at the NEA funded Community College Humanities Association Institute on "Cities and Public Spaces in Comparative Cultural Contexts." Twenty community college instructors from all over the country were selected to attend seminars and do research at the Library of Congress. Each institute fellow wrote a paper published in the Community College Humanities Association Journal, Volume 25. Simon’s paper is entitled "Mourning Becomes Protest(a): Women Making Space Public." She presented a portion of the paper at the National Women's Studies Association Conference in June 2003 and will present another part of it at the American Historical Association Conference in January 2005.


Marc Dulman's play Ten Franc was given a reading (Act II) November 18 at Bird & Beckett Bookshop with the same cast who read Act I there last May.


Linda Legaspi has desk copies and instructor manuals of Integrations for instructors teaching 90/92. Please contact her at or 415-452-5507.

The Writing Lab

The Writing Lab is beginning to hire peer tutors for the Spring 2005 semester, and, as always, we need everyone to send us interested students who have done well in 1A or above and who work well with their peers.  All 1A, 1B, and 40 instructors should have received a memo with copies of our Tutors Needed flyer. If for some reason you did not get these or need more flyers, copies are available at the English Dept. and the Writing Lab—or, as always, you can just send students down to the Lab to see us. If you have any questions, please call Alexandra or Alisa at 452-5883.

Tutoring in the Writing Lab will begin a week later next semester (Mon. 1/24) to make time for all faculty tutors to meet together. This is a first-time opportunity to discuss lab improvements and policy, and to hear what fellow faculty tutors are thinking. There will be two meeting times during Week 1 to accommodate everyone’s schedule (details to follow along with your Lab assignments from Craig). You’ll be paid for attending one of these meetings in lieu of your first week’s Writing Lab hours.

And finally, a word about Finals Week. . .  Please let students know that the Writing Lab will close for the semester as of 4:00 on Friday the 17th. Faculty who tutor in the Lab should already have received an email asking you to let us know as soon as possible about any changes to your tutoring schedule during Finals Week.


From Jana Zanetto--

Four ESL instructors will be demonstrating how to teach students specific proofreading techniques (checking sentence structure, verb use, adjective clauses) and a proofreading checklist for student work  on Friday, 1/14 from 2:15-4:15 pm in Arts 309. "Instructors of both English and ESL face the challenge of making students become aware of and responsible for identifying and correcting mistakes in their written work. Even though instructors often remind their students to proofread, students may not know how to proofread effectively. Research shows that students learn proofreading skills most effectively when they are actually demonstrated, rather than just suggested. Workshop presenters will demonstrate effective proofreading techniques for helping students improve their sentence-level control when they write."

English 94, 96, and 1A instructors should refer current students whom they have identified as needing extra work in vocabulary and reading comprehension to English 19. In addition, instructors in these classes should plan on giving the RFU3 test during the first week to identify students who can benefit from taking both a reading and a composition class concurrently. Students who score between 25 and 32 are recommended to take English 19.

In the spring, the department will offer four sections of English 19:

TTh 9:30 - 11 (Wilson)

MWF 11 - 12 (Slates)

MWF 10 - 11 (Spears)

Wed 6:30 - 9:30 (Fregly)

If you have questions regarding the course materials and curriculum in English 19, send an email to Deanne Spears at

Where’s Waldo?  by Publius

Earlier this month CCSF faculty union official Waldo Angler flew to Lima to march for Peru’s worm farmers' rights to export their night crawlers to China and Australia. 

When asked about the solidarity offered to our brother and sister worm framers in Peru, English Professor Joe Smoothé said he thinks our union’s efforts are beyond the call of duty.  “I was hoping that we, like many other colleges, might have on-campus child care for faculty, but we must think of the worms.  Maybe I should mail next month’s $1500 daycare fee to the worm farmers.  I feel terrible.  Oh well, I was probably going to have to find an extra job anyway to make my rent and car payment next month.”  Ironically, for Angler, such marches are also about the children, the children who depend on Peruvian worms every day.

Barely able to speak after lecturing in moldy Bungalow 313, Mona Strep, a new English 96 instructor, could barely contain her excitement.  “It’s bit hard for me to speak because I strained my voice yelling over the teacher lecturing in the bungalow across kitty litter alley, but it’s about time somebody fought for Peru's worm farmers.  When my class wrote an essay on China’s worm imports, 33 out of 35 students—I call them ‘authors’—supported Angler’s march.”  Strep is hopeful that Angler will lecture her 96 class about his global fight for our brother and sister worm farmers, but at last request he was apprehensive about inhaling too many mold spores or tripping on an OSHA-violating floor outlet in Strep’s bungalow classroom. 

Meanwhile some faculty members complain that their Delta Dental insurance barely covers their dental needs and that many of their prescriptions now require a $25 co-pay as opposed to the $5-10 co-pay for the same pills a few years ago, but the worm farmers of Peru face a much harsher health care system.  “We can’t just fight for Safeway and Hotel workers,” Angler declared.  “Our local union must think more globally.  How can we fight for City College faculty and strengthen our contract when nobody’s fighting for the Peruvian worm farmers and exporters.  Nobody’s marching for the Chinese and Australian Peruvian worm importers.  In fact, I was the only one marching.  What does that tell you?”