Introduction to Reading and Composition
CRN: 31475
16 Weeks - Distance Education course 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: You must access your Citrus College student email account prior to starting the class.

Online Orientation: For many students who have NOT taken a course in a Distance Education manner, it is strongly suggested that you go through the following general orientation. This link does NOT address the content in any course NOR the requirements by an individual professor. This link DOES provide answers to the following questions that DE students need.

  • What is Distance Education?
  • Who should take an online course?
  • How can I succeed as an online student?
  • Self-assessment Quiz
  • Technical requirements
  • Online Communication
  • Blackboard Learning System
  • Student Resources

Your professor requests that you go through this information. This link DOES NOT take the place of the required in person orientation which is content specific. This course will open one week before the start date. Please complete the "GO HERE FIRST" module.



On-Campus Requirements

February 19, 2014 at 2:00PM in room CI 158 
February 19, 2014 at 4:00PM in room CI 158 

Students are REQUIRED to attend an in-person orientation. Writing sample will be taken at that time as well. Students should have their Citrus ID and another form of identification. Failure to attend orientation will result in an automatic drop.

Students are REQUIRED to complete final ESSAY exam at Citrus College Testing Center in week fifteen. A calendar will be provided to all students with the exact dates. (Other exams will be completed online except for the final ESSAY exam which will be done on campus.)

Name  Beverly Van Citters, Ph.D.  

Dr. Van Citters

Phone  (626) 857-4124
Location  CI 329

GREETINGS! You are either enrolled or are interested in enrolling in English 099 Distance Education course. The five-unit course is intensive and is the prerequisite course for English 101. I will email you information one week before the course begins. The email goes to your Citrus email. If you cannot access your Citrus email, call Tech Services at (626) 914-8810 immediately.

An introduction to the fundamental techniques of reading and writing including sentence skills, paragraph and essay development, and use of literal and inferential comprehension for critical and analytical thinking, reading and writing at the college level.


  1. Write paragraphs with effective topic sentences, employ a variety of sentence constructions and rhetorical techniques, and use appropriate grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  2. Critically analyze and evaluate evidence, judge soundness of ideas, predict consequences, formulate conclusions, make generalizations, comprehend elements of topic, outline main ideas and supporting details, predict effect of propaganda and bias, and connect acquired textual information of schema.
  3. Critically read and respond to multi-cultural fiction and non-fiction texts that express and defend opinions and that are sensitive to gender, ethnic, and racial issues.


  • This course is designed to address your reading comprehension for college and gives you ample opportunities to apply writing skills and concepts needed at the college level.  You were probably placed into this course because your reading comprehension skills and writing skills need a little push to handle college level material.  This is an interesting course but it’s not an easy course.  This course makes you think deeper about concepts and ideas.  This course requires reflective thought and makes you dig into the meaning of what you read by expressing yourself in the writing.
  • You need to demonstrate 5 hours of engagement for this 16 week course. This does not include study time, reading material or writing essays. Just as you need to show up in a face to face class, you need to demonstrate your class involvement with weekly planned activities. The system provides the information and I will post your hours weekly in the grade book.
  • Activities include chapter tests, online chapter tests, a final,  discussion board postings, question of the week responses, weekly online office hours with your professor, and essays.
  • The online hours for this course are Sundays 7:00PM.

There are THREE books required for this class.

  1. Reading Textbook- Ten Steps to Advanced College Reading Skills by John Langan, 2nd edition, © 2010.  The book cover is AQUA. ISBN 978-1-59194-295-5
  2. Writing Textbook: Real Writing Interactive by Susan Anker, first edition, © 2014, Bedford/St. Martin's Publishing [also available as an e-book] ISBN: 978-1-4576-5411-4.
  3. A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca © 2002 paperback. ISBN 0802139086

Your responses to course assignments, including the ‘Questions of the Week’, essays, discussion posts, etc. will be based on readings from these books. 

You will need to use your official Citrus College issued email account. Your email is established when you are registered for classes. You must have access to your email account prior to starting the class. All assignments are managed by Blackboard on the dates listed on the calendar. No assignments will be accepted that are emailed. Blackboard keeps your assignments and information for up to 3 years.

COMPUTER ACCESS ON CAMPUS: General Access Lab Information on the Web
Headsets won't be available at the Lab. You need to bring your own headsets in order to listen to the course music examples without disturbing other lab users.

Final essay exam in week 15 is done at the Citrus College Testing Center. On the date of your exam, you are REQUIRED to show proof of identity.

If you fail to complete one week’s assignments in this course, you will have your access to Blackboard suspended and you will be unable to log into Blackboard. Failure to respond within 24 hours will result in you being dropped from the course, or you will receive an “FW” grade if the drop date passed.  This is a 5 unit class and you are expected to give at least 5 hours per week to this course.   

Blackboard and WingSpan Information
(Notice:  All Blackboard courses will be available on the first day of classes)
Blackboard --> 
WingSpan -->  
  • Your WingSpan ID becomes your Blackboard Username
  • Your WingSpan PIN (Personal Identification Number) becomes your Blackboard password
  • To change your PIN/password requires, change it in WingSpan
  • Data will be transferred from WingSpan to Blackboard on a regular basis

Once you get to the Blackboard welcome page, click on the Introduction to Reading and Composition course link on the right, and you will go to the course site. Familiarize yourself with the course site and if you have any questions please email your instructor with your concerns. Get your textbook and get started with your initial assignments. A major key to your success in this course will be keeping up with both the reading and the other assignments.   


If you have a disability documented by a physician or other appropriate professional and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact the DSP&S office at (626) 914-8675. Please discuss your accommodations with your instructor by email. Be sure to allow at least one week for appropriate accommodations to be arranged.