Reading Writing Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions



What kind of hardware/software is available in the RWC?

In the RWC there are 49 workstations, equipped with Windows 10 and Microsoft Office (2016). Internet access is available for students to complete Canvas assignments and perform library/general research.

Can ESL students use the RWC?

Absolutely—ESL students are welcome in the RWC! ESL students may register for an ENGLB class at any time during their studies at CRC, but they should realize that the ESL Department also offers several great ESL skills labs. If students are unsure which lab to enroll in, they should talk with the staff in the RWC (LRC-203) or in the ESL/Foreign Language Lab (LRC-221) to determine which English lab might be best for their learning situation.

Am I able to repeat the ENGLB classes?

Possibly.  There are eight ENGLB classes (ENGLB 70, 72, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, and 299).  The College Admissions office allows students to take each ENGLB class for up to one unit.  The number of times a student can take an ENGLB class, then, depends on how many units the student registers for and how many hours he/she completes.  For example,  if a student enrolls in ENGLB 70 for 1 unit and completes the required number of hours in the lab, at the end of the semester that student will receive 1 unit and will not be able to re-enroll in ENLGB 70.  However, if a student enrolls in ENGLB 70 for .5 unit and completes the required number of hours in the lab, at the end of the semester that student will receive .5 unit in the lab and will be able to re-enroll in ENGLB 70 for another .5 unit if desired.

I’m already enrolled in an English class. Am I automatically enrolled in an ENGLB class?

No. Enrollment in an ENGLB class is not automatic and is not related to enrollment in any other class.

Who staffs the RWC?

During the fall and spring semesters, many English professors work in the RWC from 1 to 4 hours per week. Instructional assistants are on duty most hours the RWC is open. In addition to assisting students with their work, the IAs run the lab and take care of other lab matters: questions on lab procedures, trouble with a computer, and so on.

Does my English professor work in the RWC?

By checking the faculty schedule, students can find out if and when their professors work in the RWC.  This schedule changes periodically.

Do I need an appointment to use the RWC?

No appointments are necessary. As long as students enroll in an ENGLB class and complete the appropriate orientations, they are free to come to the lab any time during the hours of operation.

Are grammar/reading modules available?

Grammar resources and reading modules will be available for all students who enroll in an ENGLB course, but students can also find grammar information/exercises online.  The Writing/Study Resources page features information on a number of quality sites. Similarly, students can find valuable information on improving their reading skills by visiting the Reading Resources page.