English & Foreign Languages Department
Welcome to the English and Foreign Languages Department!
The English and Foreign Language Program—consisting of the disciplines of English, Spanish, French, Reading, Journalism, and ESL—is aimed at improving students’ abilities to read, think, and write critically. In keeping with the mission of Los Angeles Southwest College, the English and Foreign Language Department’s programs and courses both provide students with foundational support in literacy and expand students’ academic experiences that contribute to enrichment of life, affirmation of a diverse population, life-long learning, and enhanced critical thinking, and prepare them to enter a four-year university in pursuit of a B.A. degree. The EFL Department’s overarching goals are to provide students with valuable, modern, culturally-enriched and culturally-sensitive literacy skills necessary to succeed in college and in the workplace. Specific course objectives range from teaching the fundamentals of language and literacy to advanced courses in literature, culture, language and journalism.
Our campus has been increasingly responsive to numerous writing events and clubs sponsored or co-sponsored by the English & Foreign Languages Department; therefore, beyond the curricula above, clubs and events on campus and in the local community designed to promote literacy through poetry, creative and academic writing, readings, and journalism—such as poetry slams, the Arts Festival, the Read-In, the Say The Word spoken word event and writing competition, and guest author readings, as well as our student-led organizations such as the Poetry Collective, the English Society, the Literature Club, the Creative Writing Club, and our school newspaper The Word—have traditionally and each consistently produced high student participation.
English: The English Program is aimed at improving students’ abilities to read, think, and write critically. We offer an A.A. degree and prepare students with professional, comprehensive, and rigorous training in writing for transfer to a university B.A. degree program with the writing, researching, and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed. The courses in the program are specifically designed to prepare students for study in English at a four-year university; with goals both educational and artistic, the English Program offers a multi-genre curriculum with foundation courses in critical thinking, writing, literature, fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry with additional options to take courses in African-American literature, Shakespeare, creative writing, journalism, and other specialized courses in literature and writing. Accentuated by active participation in student-centered classrooms, students learn strategies for participation in and facilitating workshops at the professional level.
Foreign Language (Spanish and French): In foreign language classes, students learn a new culture. This understanding of a culture different from their own allows them to interact and communicate with the diverse population in their community. Students’ awareness and knowledge of diversity are strengthened in foreign language classes. The result is an individual who is more sensitive to the differences of the community in which he or she lives.
Reading: The Reading program is designed to provide foundational skills in reading, oversee the English Reading Center, and supplement reading skills taught in English and other discipline courses.
ESL: The credit ESL Program is dedicated to providing a quality educational experience to students who study English as a Second Language in our credit program. Our goal is to provide credit ESL students with the ability and confidence to understand and use Standard English in college courses, the workplace, and in their personal lives.
Journalism: The Journalism program is a practical, online-centered, non-fiction writing program, including new media, online writing, non-fictional writing, and both traditional and non-traditional news writing and reporting. Journalism has changed from a centralized, traditional, print-based media to a diversified, localized online phenomenon. The traditional role of journalism in society once involved a privileged few journalists reporting news in widely-distributed print formats; however, now journalism also includes a variety of non-fiction writing in book form (i.e. memoirs, small presses, self-publishing), and online (blogs, local community websites, local news outlets, social networking sites, podcasting). To keep our program innovative, to build ties to the community through internship opportunities, to create pathways into employment in new media, and to train students in the art of non-fiction writing—we offer a 21st Century journalism degree.
Department Chair: Darren Cifarelli
Location: SSEC 123
Darren Cifarelli, Department Chair
Arabella Persaud, Vice Chair
Stephen Van Dyck