Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mr.Doyle's Schedule for Finals Fall 2008

2767 English 188 MWF 9:30AM-10:31 AD 242 Final Exam: Wednesday December 10, 7:30AM
2946 English 188 TTh 10:15AM-11:46PM AD 242 Final Exam: Thursday December 11, 10:30AM
2964 English 190 MWF 1:15-2:16 AD 242 Final Exam: Friday, December 12th 1:30 PM
2784 English 190 MWF 8:15-9:16 AD 242 Final Exam: Monday, December 15th 7:30 AM
2956 English 190 TTh 8:30-10:02 AD 242 Final Exam: Tuesday, December 16th 7:30 AM

Monday, October 6, 2008

Mr.Doyle will be off campus on October 8

I will be off-campus on Wednesday, October 8. I have a meeting at CSUN most of the day regarding the GCC Study Abroad Program, so my classes at Glendale will be cancelled. I suggest you go to a lab and finish your lab work for week 6.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Students are Encouraged to Read Enrique's Journey

Students are Encouraged to Read Enrique's Journey this month. Several activities are planned, including a visit by the author.

The Server was down from about 10:30PM Saturday

Just to let you know, the internet server for the was down from about 10:30PM Saturday, September 27 until about 7:30 AM on Monday, September 29. It is working okay now. Please catch up with your lab work this week.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Settling In

Hi Reading Students,
We're nearly done with the first full week of class. We have done the orientations, taken the initial standardized tests and started doing the literature and lab work assignments. By this time, everyone should have BOTH books, the Intro to Critical Reading text and the class syllabus/workbook. If you don't have the books, get them ASAP. Also, if you missed the standardized test, remind Mr.Doyle at the beginning of class.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hi Reading Students,

Classes start Tuesday, September 2 for the Tuesday-Thursday classes and on Wednesday, September 3 for the M-W-Friday classes. Mr.Doyle has a meeting off campus on Friday, September 5, so those classes won't meet on that day. If you wish to add any of the classes, please show up on the first day. Enrolled students who don't show up the first day of class will be dropped and replaced by added students.

Now that the business is taken care of: Welcome to class. Hopefully in this class you'll pick up tips to improve your college reading, including vocabulary building, better comprehension of what you read, the ability to read critically, and to help you better think for yourself.

Please show up on time, commit to the class, get your books ASAP. You are expected to respect the educational environment. You will be required to do at least an hour of lab work online each week from our class web page at

The main textbook is "Introduction to Critical Reading". It is a collection of readings, poems, stories and articles. Everyone needs a copy. I use the same book for English 188 and English 190, so you may already have this book. New and used copies of the book are in the bookstore, but if you can find it cheaper on the internet at, or any other bookseller, you can get it there. Just make sure you get the latest edition. The other book is the class syllabus. This book is available from the bookstore for about $8, but you may also download and print a free copy off the internet by going to our class web page at Everybody needs a copy of this. We will work on the lessons in class, and the book must be filled in as we work and be finished by the final exam. Part of your participation grade is determined by completion of the syllabus book.

This first week we will go over classroom basic information and procedures. We will also do a preliminary standardized reading test for which you'll need a pencil and a scantron answer sheet. You must also finish the first week of lab work at

I have a meeting off-campus on Friday, September 5, so classes meeting on that day are cancelled. Buy your textbooks and do the week 1 lab work. See you soon.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Mr.Doyle's Concert This Week

An Evening of Celtic Music
Dennis, Paula and Terry Doyle
at the
Holy Spirit Retreat Center
4316 Lanai Road
Encino, CA 91436

Wednesday, July 16 – 7:30PM
Come early, picnic under the stars

Tickets at the door $15

Friday, June 13, 2008

Summer 2008 Reading Students

Welcome Summer English 190 students. If you have attempted to register and found that the class is closed, please see me on the first day of class in AD242 and I will add students to my class up to the number of chairs I have available. If you are enrolled, be sure to show up the first day, or I will give someone else your seat.

This semester is very short (only 5 weeks, M-F) and class will go by very quickly, so you must GET YOUR BOOKS as soon as possible. If you have my old English 188 text, Introduction to Critical Reading, by McCraney, we will be using the same text, but with different passages. You'll need to buy or download a new English 190 Syllabus , which you must fill in as we work the class and turn in at the end. See more about how to get your books on the class web page . This semester, you will be required to read an outside recreational reading book and do a book report according to my particular standards. We will discuss this in the second week.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is this weekend at UCLA April 26-27. This is a wonderful event and I encourage all my students to go at least one day if possible. (And I'll give extra credit to any student bearing proof of attendance.) The Festival is free. There are several stages which have readings by authors, and music and poetry. Check out the link here .

Mr.Doyle in the Glendale News Press

Mr.Doyle recently presented a speech for the city-sponsored "Week of Remembrance" held at the Glendale Public Library on April 21. He spoke about the Irish Potato Famine in context with other important examples of man's inhumanity to man.

link to the article

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tests Coming Up in a Few Weeks!

We are now in Week #6 and midterm tests are coming up in both English 188 and English 190. The best way to prepare is to make sure that you are caught up with all of your lab work. Work hard on these things:

For English 188
-review all lesson about phonics and dividing up words into syllables
-review all vocabulary from the poems and stories in weeks 1-5

For English 190
-review all vocabulary from the poems and stories in weeks 1-5
-review all the materials in the syllabus on Greek and Latin Roots.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

We're in Week #3

Hi GCC Reading Students.

Well, we're in Week #3. At this point, everybody should have BOTH textbooks. If you don't, get them immediately. By this time, also, the English 190 students should be thinking about getting their outside book report reading book. Information on how to select this book is on page 10 in the syllabus. You must bring the book to class next Thursday for the TTh class and next Wednesday for the MWF class. Be sure to keep up with your online lab work at . Don't get too far behind.

For my students in my MWF classes, I will be off-campus at a conference on Friday, March 14, so there will be no class. However the usual online lab work is due by Saturday evening.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Welcome GCC Reading Students

Welcome back to the Spring semester at GCC. Your first job this initial half-week is to get your textbooks. The syllabus book is a free download off the class web page, or you may simply buy a bound copy for about $7 in the bookstore. This book must be turned-in filled out for a grade at the end of class in June. The other text is the Introduction to Critical Reading text by Leah McCraney. We will use either the 6th or 5th edition. Everyone needs a copy of each book.

I'll use this blog to remind you of things coming up, also to make announcements tha you may have missed in class. First announcement for the MWF classes: I need to go to a conference on Friday, February 29th, so class will be cancelled for that day. I will also be attending a conference in Tucson on March 14.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Midterm on Tuesday

Just a reminder to my English 190 classes: midterm tests are Tuesday. Review the vocabulary from the text for weeks 1-3. Also review everything we covered about Greek and Latin root words.