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Welcome to the CCSF Reading Lab! The Reading Lab assists students who want to improve their reading skills using computer software, self-paced materials, and cassette tape recordings. Tutors assist students with their reading and study techniques when they encounter difficulties in their academic classes. You can come to the Reading Lab for up to two hours every day. The Lab primarily serves students in English K, L, 9, 90, and 92, but with the permission of the instructor, students in other English classes may use the lab to improve their reading skills.  The faculty-led reading groups provide another way for students to enjoy reading and discussing a great range of wild literature--while earning lab credit.

RULES? WHAT RULES? Click Here to read important information about the Reading Lab's rules and policies.


See for the 
Open Lab Schedule and the reading tutoring schedule,
as well as descriptions of the current reading groups

There are many skills that you can improve when using the reading lab, such as Vocabulary, Spelling, Study skills, Reading comprehension, Reading speed and Phonics


There are a number of excellent lab resources. Some utilize books, tapes, and answer keys. With those exercises, you will work on your own, reading selected pieces and then answering questions. Other exercises are computer programs that are only available in the Reading Lab. Your instructor will give you a green sheet that is filled out with the appropriate place to focus. If you work through the exercises that you have been assigned quickly and with ease, talk to your instructor or ask Reading Lab staff for suggestions.

NEW! Just added to the lab this year are a series of updated articles, some written by CCSF faculty, that are designed to be of special interest to college students taking the reading courses. If you don't see the "Swoboda-King Papers" checked off on your green sheet, ask your reading instructor if this is something that you may work on in the labs.

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We also have Inspiration, Write OutLoud, and Lexia--and various Web activities!


English K students work on vocabulary, Use of the dictionary, pronunciation of difficult words, reading efficiency, and spelling

English L students work on basic reading skills, comprehension, vocabulary, thinking skills, and use of the dictionary.

English 9 students work on intermediate reading skills that prepare students for the reading that is required in most college textbooks, comprehension, vocabulary, study skills, analysis and evaluation of reading material.

English 90 students work on: Increasing comprehension and vocabulary, writing short expository and argumentative essays, and critical thinking about writing and reading.


Ask Zoya Zeylikovich, our alliterative technical operations commander, and see the homepage link to Lab Lord Emeritus Richard Gale's videos. Or, ask any of the faculty tutors who are on duty. Talk to your instructor often, and when you meet with your instructor during office hours or for a meeting, write down any reading lab-related questions that you might have. Even better--see if your instructor leads a reading group or tutors in the reading lab, and try to arrange to come to the labs during those times.


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