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ENGL411:  Reading and Writing Workshop


Course Description

English 411 builds fundamental skills in reading and writing through a hands-on workshop approach. Students apply skill-building techniques to authentic reading and writing tasks, such as reading books and writing essays. The emphasis of the course is on process and awareness of effective literacy strategies. Students will leave the course with more confidence in themselves as readers and writers and with gained skills and tools to apply to their future coursework. This course is designed for students who need or desire to approach college-level reading and writing as a slower pace. Units earned in this course do not count toward the associate degree and/or certain certificate requirements. This is a pass/no pass course.


Learning Outcomes

  • Students will utilize a variety of tools for reading comprehension, including graphic organizers, such as KWL+ charts.
  • Students will utilize a variety of tools for the writing process, including graphic organizers, free-writing, and other brainstorming and organizing techniques.
  • Students will practice and demonstrate the ability to write short essays, including improved development of ideas, sentence formation, paragraph formation, grammar and punctuation.
  • Students will practice and demonstrate the ability to decipher themes and main ideas from texts.
  • Students will apply contextual clues and utilize the dictionary to learn new vocabulary.
  • Students will apply basic internet skills to enhance reading comprehension and written essay development, and to engage in online class forum discussions.
  • Students will practice, recognize, and apply successful college and life-long learning habits, such as effective study skills, self-efficacy, focus and mindfulness, learning styles, and goal-setting.


Last modified: November 25, 2014
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