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    Erie Community College
  Feb 24, 2018
Fall 2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

EN 031 - Reading/Writing II

Credit Hours: 4 Not for degree credit

This course is the second in a three-level series of courses for students whose dominant language is not English. Students will practice improving their reading and writing skills in English and they will practice techniques for locating and self-correcting grammar, spelling, punctuation and usage errors in their compositions. In addition, students will be shown how to organize and connect ideas in formal English writing.

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • comprehend 8th grade level narrative or expository English prose;
  • write an essay in English of at least 175 words in 75 minutes. The essay should be written in a recognizable rhetorical form and contain the following:
    • an appropriate topic sentence;
    • appropriate transitional devices;
    • comprehensible, complete sentences;
    • an organized grouping of ideas;
    • supporting details or examples for each general statement (except for dialog and narrative writing);
    • an ending appropriate for the particular rhetorical mode; and
    • no more than eight technical errors in areas such as grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation.
  • look up words and phrases correctly in a bilingual dictionary or an ESL phrase dictionary;
  • use library and internet resources;
  • understand basic grammar terms;
  • question an English speaker about words or phrases which were not understood;
  • guess the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases from context clues;
  • notice some basic differences and similarities between English and the student's native language; and
  • self-edit his/her writing.

Prerequisites: EN 030 or appropriate placement test scores.
F/S (C)

This course does not apply toward an associate's degree.