English Program

Diablo Valley College’s English program offers a wide variety of classes including, literature, creative writing, and composition and reading. Studying English can help you develop your writing style and strengthen your critical thinking, reasoning and communication abilities. Read more...

This fall, DVC English and ESL are offering different kinds of classes! Click the link below to see a list of:

  • Face-to-face English and ESL classes
  • Synchronous English and ESL classes

Check out our list of face-to-face (in-person) and synchronous English and ESL classes.

Skills for Student Success

Skills for student success flyer thumbnailOffered at no cost to students!

This program is for students who want to gain confidence before taking transfer-level math and English courses, learn essential math and English skills for college, discover growth mindset, explore college resources, and meet fellow students. Summer '22 courses now open!

Choose one of three tracks:

  • Math Skills for the Stats Pathway
    MATH 002NC-1000
    Dates: 7/25/22 - 8/11/22
    Time: 2pm - 4pm
    Location: LC-206
  • Math Skills for the Business and STEM Pathways
    Math 003NC-0999
    Dates: 7/25/22 - 8/11/22
    Time: 2pm - 4pm
    Location: LC-205
  • English Skills for Success
    ENGL 091NC- 0662
    Dates: 7/25/22 - 8/11/22
    Time: 2pm - 4pm
    Location: H-113

Students enrolled in the English program also have the opportunity to gain leadership skills by becoming a tutor in our Learning Center or providing classroom support as a Supplemental Instruction Leader.

Our English program offers:

  • Associate in arts degree - English
  • Associate in arts for transfer - English

You can learn more about these options and the requirements in our catalog.

We know that navigating degrees and certificates can be tricky. Schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss what option is best for you. 

After completing the program, many of our students transfer to four-year universities. Studying English trains you to look at things from multiple perspectives. These skills are highly valued in many industries.

Career options include:

  • Advertising copywriter
  • Columnist
  • Editor
  • Information specialist
  • Interpreter
  • Lawyer
  • Lexicographer
  • Legislative assistant
  • Publisher
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Technical writer
  • Writing consultant

For more information on possible career options, please visit the Career Center or contact one of our faculty and staff members.

Diablo Valley College offers degree and certificate programs in a variety of subjects. For a complete listing, see certificates and degrees.

General education information

Review the English requirements for a degree, certificate, or transfer.

Certificate and degree pathways

See what certificate, degree, career, and transfer opportunities are available.

Courses and class schedule

Learn about required courses and when our classes are offered.

English as a second language

See options for students whose first language is not English.

Faculty and staff

Meet our dedicated faculty and staff.

Success stories

Read about some of our alumni's success stories since graduating from the program.

Learning Center and English tutoring

Take advantage of the resources in the Learning Center or get some help from an English tutor.

Writing contests and events

Join us for Literature Week, our literary contest, special speakers, and more. 

Related links

Contact English


ESL Coordinator: Laurie Sample

Telephone: 925-338-9809

Email: Laurie Sample 

Office location: FO-119 campus map

English Department Chair: Dorian Eidhin

Telephone: 925-969-2518

Email: deidhin@dvc.edu

Office location: FO 239

Contact: Charles Shackett

Telephone: 925-551-6217

Email: Charles Shackett  

Office location: W-117 campus map