Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Welcome New Reading Students

Welcome to the Fall Semester 2010. Your first assignment is to get your books as soon as possible. Both English 188 and English 190 use "Introduction to Critical Reading" 6th edition. I encourage to buy the book used. Everyone also needs to buy or print for themselves the class syllabus book, what I call the "green" or cheap book. Also start your lab work this week. To do your lab work, go to:

Your username is your GCC student ID number and your temporary password is your birthday in 6 numbers, for example, if your birthday is July 4, 1776, then your password is 070476.

Any problems? Feel free to email me anytime at

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Be Sure to Tell Me Which Book You Are Reading

This week everyone must commit to reading some book for the book report. Please go to the forum and report the name of the book

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Mr.Doyle will be off campus on Friday

Mr. Doyle will attending a conference in Anaheim this Friday, so he will not be teaching his Friday classes. Please make sure you are up-to-date with your lab work. We are now in week 5. English 190 students should register their book report book.

Remember to Change your Clock

Mr.Doyle hopes you remembered to move your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, our you will be late for class one hour!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mr.Doyle will be absent on Monday, March 1.

Mr.Doyle will be absent on Monday, March 1 due to illness. It is now week #3. Make sure you are caught up with your lab work.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Welcome to Spring 2010

Hi Reading Students in Mr.Doyle's Reading Classes,

As you know, the semester starts on Tuesday, February 16, so I expect only to see my T-Th classes on Tuesday. The MWF classes start on Wednesday, February 17.

If you still need to add the class, please show up on the first day. If I have enough desks, I will take you. If I don't have enough space, students will be added by lottery. Registered students who fail to show up will be dropped.

Lab work is required for these classes: Check out your lab work at

Saturday, January 9, 2010

E-Mail Questions From Students

On Jan 8, 2010, at 9:30 PM, A--- wrote:

Dear Professor,

I am trying to check if there is any way i can check if i did any of assignments when i log into the lab work. For example i do not want to do an assignment if i already did it, is there any way i can check that or do i just have to remember.


Hi A---,

Students can't look up their scores individually. I give you feed back once a week on Mondays at the link: .Your scores are saved in a private file, then on the weekend, I paste them in an excel file, strip out the scores and post them at Check back next Monday.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Welcome Winter English 190 Students

Classes start Monday, January 4 for the Monday-Thursday 10:30AM class. Classes meet for 6 weeks. We will have no school on Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King Day. If you wish to add my class, 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. If there are too many students and not enough seats, additional students will be selected by lottery.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Buy your Textbook Online

When you purchase your textbook, make sure it is the 5th or 6th edition of the Introduction to Critical Reading by Leah McCraney:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Welcome Fall Reading Students

Hi Reading Students,
Classes start Tuesday, September 1 for the Tuesday-Thursday classes and on Monday, August 31 for the M-W-Friday classes. We will have no school on Monday, September 7, Labor 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.

I will do my best to teach you well, pass you, and prepare you for you future classes, however, you must put out effort as well. Sign of your interest in the passing the class would include showing up on time, getting your books ASAP, and respecting the educational environment. You will also be required to do at least an hour of lab work online each week from our class web page at With English 190 comes the assignment of a book review due at the end of the semester.

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

Buy your textbooks and do the week 1 lab work. See you soon.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Mr.Doyle will be off campus on Friday, July 24th

As stated in the online syllabus, Mr.Doyle will be off campus on Friday, July 24th. Final Exams for English 190 are/were on Thursday the 23rd. If you missed the deadlines for the final and to turn in your green syllabus book and book report, you have one more chance to make up the material. Mr.Doyle will be on campus in his office (in LB203) on Monday, July 27 in the morning between 9 and 10. This will be the last chance to turn in assignments and to take the test. Everything must be finished before 11AM. Book reports and syllabi may be slipped under the door before this date, but will not count after 11AM on Monday.

If you want to know your grade, e-mail Mr.Doyle next week at: .

Have a great rest-of-the-summer.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Final Exam Schedule Summer 2009

All finals will be during regular class time on Thursday, July 23. Mr.Doyle has a meeting out of town on Friday, so Thursday will be our last day. On that day you will need a scantron, a pencil, your syllabus book and your book report. The book report is due on Thursday, or may be delivered to Mr.Doyle's office by noon on Friday, or sent in an e-mail by midnight Friday. I will grade your syllabus book while you take the test. The grades must be turned-in on Monday, so any lab work or book reports sent to me after Saturday won't count. If you want to find out your scores and grade, send an e-mail to Mr.Doyle next week at

Friday, July 3, 2009

You are Invited to an Evening of Irish Music

You are Invited to an Evening of Irish Music
Dennis Doyle, Celtic Harp and Song
Paula Doyle, Vocalist
Terry Doyle, Guitar and Vocals,
and a special secret surprise guest
at the Holy Spirit Retreat Center
Evening Concert Under the Stars Series
Next Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 7:30PM
4316 Lanai Rd
Encino, Ca 91436
PH: 818.784.4515
Fax: 818.784.0409

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Bring Your Outside Reading Book to Class

Bring your outside reading book to class on Thursday, July 2, so that Mr.Doyle can look the book over and so that we can do a readability level for the text.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Questions my Students are asking

Professor Doyle,

Good Morning. I seem to be having some issues with the quiz for the lab work. It requires "Javascript" and I have javascript but I try over and over again to solve the solution but I simply Cant; I was wondering what do you recommend to do about this even for future reference?

,Manuel A.

Hi Manuel,

Let me know exactly which link is giving you the problem, for example, when you get to our web page at, is your problem doing week#1, item #12. When you do those vocabulary quizes, tap on the button "next question" to start the test.



Remember students: we have this Friday off when the college celebrates Independence Day.

This week, I need you to select you outside book report reading book. Bring the book to show Mr.Doyle. Everyone needs their book by Thursday.


Hello Professor Doyle,
This is Anna B., I am the new student added onto your English 190 class for 10:30am today. I hope you remember me. Anyways I just wanted to ask if the lessons on your webpage had to be completed each day or by the end of the week. I did the first lesson today since I missed class yesterday and I got a 4 out of 10. I'm just not sure how your grading works and I wanted to know if I could recieve a little more information just to make sure I will do okay in your class. Thank you for taking the time into reading this I'm looking forward from hearing you soon!


Hi Anna,
The lab work is due each week by the Saturday night at midnight. Go to and then do all the items marked lesson or quiz.
On the lessons, if you get 6 or more done out of 10, you move on to the next set of lessons. If you get 4 out of 10, you should do the lesson over again, but not more that one more time whether you pass it our not.