Note: The Assessment of Written English (AWE) test is not currently being administered. Please contact Elizabeth Casian at AskAmLa@mtsac.edu with any questions about placement.
American Language Department
The American Language Department (AMLA) exists to equip non-native English-speaking students with the language skills they need to succeed in academic and professional endeavors. AMLA offers basic skills, credit courses in reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar, and it emphasizes critical thinking and cultural competency throughout its curriculum.
*Asynchronous: Classes will be self-paced and will not be delivered in real-time.
Finish AmLa 80 and 90 in one semester and be ready for English 1A/80M by Winter 2021!
Students may enter AMLA courses through placement on the Mt. SAC writing assessment or through the completion of noncredit ESL Levels 4, 5 or 6 or VESL of the Mt. SAC ESL Department. Students completing AMLA 90 - Accelerated Developmental Writing for AMLA are eligible to take ENGL 1A and ENGL 1A/80.
AmLa and the Equity Center collaborated to host award-winning author Reyna Grande during Mt. SAC's FirstGen Week. Grande discussed her experience as an undocumented English learner and the success of her memoirs The Distance Between Us and A Dream Called Home.
5th Annual Celebration of Our Adjunct Faculty
American Language (AmLa) would love to recognize our adjunct professor, Olga Habayeb. This is her 30th year teaching part-time for the AmLa department, and even though we have changed our whole program in response to AB 705, Olga has been eager to learn the new technology and pedagogy to help her students.
Olga is so very deserving of this!
American Language faculty are actively engaged in campus, state, and national professional development opportunities to stay current on the factors involved in student success and achievement.