The Language Arts and Developmental Studies (LADS) Division is one of the largest divisions on campus. Our division teaches
performance-based subject matter in areas central to student success. The LADS
Division is unique in the size, scope, and complexity of its responsibilities. The composition and mission of the LADS
Division is as follows:
Senior Dean, Language Arts, Library and
Office - 1700 building
Dr. Tia Madison
Office - 1769B
Office - 1031V
The English Department provides high-quality lower-division general education
and major requirements courses for transfer students to the four-year
universities. Courses such as English
120 (Reading and Composition), English 121 (Literature and Composition),
English 123 (Critical Thinking about Literature), and English 125 (Critical
Thinking) are equivalent in depth and quality to the curricula of the CSU and
UC systems. The English Department also
offers basic and preparatory reading and writing courses to prepare students
for English 120.
English Program Coordinator:
AB 705 Learning Community Coordinator:
Dr. Matthew Kronzer
a Second Language (ESL) --
The ESL Department prepares non-native English speakers for college-level
courses, making the college as a whole more accessible to the immigrant and
international student population. The department offers five levels of academic
classes including reading, writing, grammar, listening, speaking, and
pronunciation. Students in the ESL
program improve their comprehension, fluency, and comfort levels in English, gain
college success skills, and prepare for more advanced courses.
English as a Second Language Program Coordinator:
Communication Studies -- The Communication Department offers a range
of courses to improve oral communication skills in a variety of settings. The
offerings include Speech 120 (Interpersonal Communication), Speech 122 (Public
Speaking), Speech 124 (Career Communication), Speech 126 (Intercultural
Communication), Speech 134 (Communication Theory), Speech 130 (Small Group
Communication) and Speech 128 (Critical Thinking and Argumentation).
Communication Studies Coordinator:
Dr. Tia Madison
Modern Languages -- The Modern Languages Department offers classes in Spanish, French, Italian, and American Sign Language. The Spanish for Heritage Speakers Program focuses on total fluency in reading and writing. Some Spanish classes are offered online, allowing students to attend classes via distance. Summer language programs have been offered in Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica, Peru, Guatemala, and France, giving students the opportunity to internationalize their language learning and practice.
Modern Languages Coordinator:
Other Academic Support Services
Napa Valley College Writing Success Center -- Students may come to the Writing Center, located in Room 832, on a drop-in basis for up to four hours per semester to get feedback on essays and other writing assignments. Those who wish to combine such feedback with more intensive work on their composition skills and/or on specific skill areas of grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary may enroll in the Writing Center class, English 84. This class provides self-paced coursework individually tailored to the students' needs. The Writing Center's day and evening hours are posted on the door of Room 832. When classes are in session, students may call 256-7640 to hear a recording listing the hours.
Writing Success Center Coordinator:
Office - 832
Lab -- The Department of Communication Studies
welcomes you to the Speech Lab! The Speech Lab, located on the second floor of
the 1700 building, provides support for anyone looking to enhance their public
speaking skills and presentations. The lab facilitators can help with
everything from working on delivery skills and speech organization to creating
effective PowerPoint presentations. The lab has technology that allows users to
record and playback a practice presentation and create professional multimedia
Speech Lab Instructional Support Specialist:
Office - 1769E
Learning Services -- The Diagnostic Learning Services
Department, located in Room 1766 in the 1700 Building, serves the educational
needs of students who are experiencing difficulty learning, including those
students with learning disabilities. NVC
students may refer themselves for diagnostic evaluation. Information from this
testing is used by Learning Disability Specialists to determine accommodations
that may support students in being successful in the college environment. For
an appointment, call 256-7442.
Studies/Reading Program -- The Developmental Studies/Reading Program
provides coursework in basic skills (and is non-degree-applicable) so that
students can develop and hone their reading, writing, and computational skills
necessary for successful enrollment in college-level coursework. These courses
include those specifically designed for the learning-disabled student.
Office - 1766, 2nd floor McCarthy Library
Main phone: (707) 256-7442
Puente -- The Puente Project is an academic support program whose mission is to increase the number of educationally underrepresented students who:
*enroll in four-year colleges,
*earn college degrees, and
*return to the community as mentors and leaders for future generations.
Puente provides three areas of service to students: teaching, counseling, and mentoring. The Puente approach is unique in that the reading is focused on Latinx and Mexican-American literature, essays, and cultural writings in both the fall and spring semester classes. The Puente Program is open to all students.
Office - 841
PUENTE Program Co-Counselors/Co-Coordinators:
PUENTE Program Co-Coordinator:
Dr. Aaron DiFranco
PUENTE Program English Instructor:
The Testing and Tutoring Center -- The Testing and Tutoring Center (TTC), located in Room 1764, provides assessment for the English, math, ESL, G.E.D., and Health Occupations programs. The center also employs qualified, trained peer tutors for all subjects, except English. To schedule appointments call 256-7434.
Phone: (707) 256-7434 or
Location: McCarthy Library,
2nd Floor, Room 1764