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ENGL 0989 - Foundations for English Composition

An integrated reading and writing course designed to give students with Learning Support English requirements an opportunity to develop their basic skills in English and composition before they proceed with the freshman-level English course.  This is an individualized lecture/lab-based course designed to prepare students for college credit English and reading-intensive classes by providing exposure and practice in reading and writing expository, narrative, and persuasive texts.  Topics include applying critical reading skills for organizing, analyzing, and retaining material and developing written work appropriate to the audience, purpose, situation, and length of the assignment.  The course integrates fundamental reading skills - comprehension, vocabulary, and rate - with foundation skills in writing a variety of academic essays.

Hours:
3



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ENGL 0999 - Support for English Composition

This is a 1 credit hour, 1 contact hour, just-in-time remediation course which will have, as it co-requisite, English 1101, thus fulfilling national-, state-, and System-wide mandates.  The course will meet for one hour, once a week, for 16 weeks in addition to the class meeting of the co-requisite English 1101 course in which the student is enrolled.  The course has a required computer-based Adaptive Learning Software component that must be completed on the student's own time outside of the classroom.  This class is taken along with English 1101 as a co-requisite and may be facilitated by the same professor, although the course is malleable to different methods of delivery as deemed necessary by the department.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Corequisite:  ENGL 1101

Hours:
1



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Placement Test Preparation

English/Writing

  1. Go to Accuplacer, sign in or create an account.
  2. Select the Learn As you Go Sentence Skills test. Note what the Sentence Skills test measures and, as you’re taking the test, how well you perform on each portion of the test. Write down how many you get correct out of each type of test question.
  3. If you have areas of weakness identified in the Learn As You Go test, explore the English Resources listed below or do an Internet search for a specific competency you wish to improve upon. Practice!
  4. Next, select a Sample Test. At the conclusion of the test, compare the number of correct answers you got on each type of test question to the number you answered correctly on your Learn As You Go test. If needed, practice some more.
  5. Since you will be required in your WritePlacer Test to compose an actual essay, practice that skill on the free Grammarly website, incorporating the feedback you received on your Learn As You Go and Sample Test.
  6. Don’t rush. You will have one hour to write your essay.
    1. Use the provided scratch paper to do your brainstorming.
    2. Using your brainstorming ideas, write your essay.
    3. BEFORE YOU SUBMIT your essay, PROOFREAD!
  7. Proofreading tips:
    1. Make sure your essay actually answers the prompt.
    2. If you used examples, make certain they are clear and concise.
    3. Avoid using impressive-sounding vocabulary unless you are absolutely certain you are using those words correctly.
    4. Re-read every paragraph carefully. You know what you meant to say. Will the reader know what you meant to say?
    5. Re-read your entire essay from the bottom to the top, one sentence at a time. This is a good way to catch grammar errors, like sentence fragments, subject-verb agreement errors, punctuation errors, and the like.

Reading Comprehension

  1. Go to Accuplacer, sign in or create an account.
  2. Select the Learn As you Go Reading Comprehension test. Note what the Reading Comprehension test measures and, as you’re taking the test, how well you perform on each portion of the test. Write down how many you get correct out of each type of test question.
  3. If you have areas of weakness identified in the Learn As You Go test, explore the Reading Resources listed below or do an Internet search for a specific competency you wish to improve upon. Practice! You will be doing a LOT of reading in your college courses.
  4. Next, select a Sample Test. At the conclusion of the test, compare the number of correct answers you got on each type of test question to the number you answered correctly on the Learn As You Go test. If needed, practice some more.
  5. The best way to be a better reader is to read frequently, and on a variety of topics. We encourage you to read daily, from various print and online sources.
  6. The Reading Comprehension Test is not timed. Don’t rush. If you have spent time preparing, and you carefully read all of the possible answer options, your first inclination is often the correct answer.

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