Ask Joe
Mt. SAC Important Message

COVID-19 NOTICE: To take classes ON CAMPUS this upcoming Winter 2022 term, vaccinations will be required. Fully online students are exempt from this requirement. Learn about the December 10 deadline for the first dose, exemptions and more in your Mt. SAC email or www.mtsac.edu/covid19

Menu
A college student in a library setting working on a laptop computer
Students study in a group setting
Group study session

ENGL 68 vs ENGL 1A + 80

The chart below is designed to help you understand the major differences between English 68 and English 1A + 80 corequisite and make a decision about which course is right for you. If you still have questions about which course to take after viewing this information, you should contact a counselor to seek additional advice

Choose wisely: Students who start in ENGL 1A have a 70% chance to complete ENGL 1A and eventually transfer, while students who start in ENGL 68 have only a 40% chance.

The chart below is designed to help you understand the major idfferences between English 68 and English 1A + 80 corequisite and make a decision about which course is right for you.  If you still have questions about which course to take after viewing this information, you should contact a counselor to seek additional advice.  

ENGL 68: Preparation for College Writing ENGL 1A + 80: Freshman Composition Co-Requisite
Reading Requirements

Analysis of readings at the intermediate college level (may include full-length book).

Course develops intermediate reading techniques, comprehension, critical thinking skills, and vocabulary.

One or more full-length books (fiction or non-fiction). Academic reading with in- depth analysis and complex concepts.

Writing Requirements

Students write 4-6 essays from 2-4 pages.

Focus on grammar, paragraph construction, outlining, simple thesis creation, and integration of quotations.

5-7 essays of 3-5 pages based on analysis of assigned texts and response to ideas in the texts, plus at least one research paper of 7-10 pages.

Essays have complex thesis, advanced organizational techniques, and use quotation and documentation.

Student Performance Expectations

Four-unit course. Four hours of classroom time a week. Students should spend at least 8 hours of course work per week outside of class.

The course is designed to give students basic reading and writing skills so that they will be prepared to write simple, clear essays, which will enable them to perform successfully in English 1A.

Students will be eligible for ENGL 1A in one semester.

The rigor, difficulty, and performance expectations are identical to Freshman Composition courses taught at private colleges or state universities.

Students should spend at least 10 hours of course work per week outside of class.

ENGL 68: Example Assignments ENGL 1A: Example Assignments

Compare More English Classes