Weekly Arranged Lab Hours (WALH)

* SPRING 2024 UPDATE: Students in ESL 082, ESL 083, ESL 184, and ESL 190 (MORNING AND NIGHT sections) are required to attend lab for a minimum of 50 minutes every weekThe lab is in Room 801 – Skills Center. Follow your professor’s instructions on how to complete your weekly lab activities.

The Skills Center (Bldg. 800 – Room 801) is an individual language skill development lab where you will acquire the skills necessary to make you a more successful student. The Skills Center also offers a quiet and structured environment that helps you practice the concepts you are learning in class. Instructors and instructional assistants are available to answer your questions.

ESL 82, 83, 184, and 190 require one hour per week of arranged lab attendance starting with a required orientation during the first week of the semester and continuing through the last week of the semester. This attendance must be completed on a weekly basis. If students miss three weekly arranged lab sessions, they may be dropped from the class. 

Hours of Operation (SPRING 2024)

10:35 am – 12:40 pm 10:45 am – 2:40 pm 10:35 am – 12:40 pm 10:45 am – 2:40 pm 10:30 am – 12:35 pm
1:25 pm – 2:50 pm 1:25 pm – 2:50 pm
5:20 pm – 6:45 pm
7:35 pm – 9:00 pm

Spring 2024 Holidays

The Skills Center is closed during the following days in the Spring 2024 semester.

  • WEEK 2: Friday, February 9 (Lunar New Year Holiday)
  • WEEK 3: Friday, February 16 (Lincoln’s Birthday Holiday)
  • WEEK 4: Monday, February 19 (Presidents’ Day Holiday)
  • SPRING RECESS: Monday, March 25 to Friday, March 29 
  • WEEK 9: Monday, April 1 (Cesar Chavez Holiday)

WALH Assignments

Students will complete lab assignments available on Canvas. These assignments will contain specific activities that they will work on during their arranged lab hour. These assignments, which may sometimes require more than one hour, must be completed during the weekly arranged lab hour at the Skills Center and not at home.

Spring 2024 Students: Starting Monday, January 29, you will get access to your WALH assignments on Canvas. If you need help, ask your ESL professor. 

Important Information for the First Week of the Semester

  • Students must attend a one-hour orientation in the Skills Center during the first week of the semester to avoid being dropped from the course.
  • To attend the first week orientation, students should and visit Room 801 during the WALH hours of operation. Introduce yourself to the lab instructor and follow their instructions to check in and start tracking your minutes. You will watch the orientation video and complete the first week’s WALH activities. Once you are done, ask the lab instructor to check your work and receive feedback and credit for the first week.
  • Students do not need to wait until the first day of class to attend the orientation, and students who are petitioning to add one of these ESL courses should complete the orientation during the first week as well.
  • Students may not attend the arranged lab during any time when they are scheduled to be in another class in Fullerton College, Cypress College, or NOCE.