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FRESHMAN ENGLISH PROGRAM

At CUNY'S community colleges the CUNY Tests in reading and writing are used to determine placement into or exemption from developmental/remedial reading and writing courses. Students cannot begin Freshman English until they have completed all required developmental work and passed both the CUNY Reading Test and the CUNY Writing Test.*

FRESHMAN ENGLISH
Kingsborough's Freshman English requirement consists of a two course sequence,
ENG 12(4 credits) followed by ENG 24(3 credits). ENG 12is a pre or co-requisite for all English credit-bearing courses.

+ ENG 12 -- FRESHMAN ENGLISH I (4 crs. 4 hrs.)
An introduction to composition, emphasizing writing as a process and the understanding of the ways language functions in the communication of information and ideas. The close reading of texts plays a major role in the course. Required of all students.
Prerequisite: Passing scores on both the CUNY Reading Test and the CUNY Writing Test

+ ENG 24 -- FRESHMAN ENGLISH II (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
An intensive study of the various types of reading that students must undertake in college. Using readings from interdisciplinary subject areas, the course emphasizes a critical examination of texts. Students will learn to use their analysis and evaluation of these texts to generate and support ideas which they further develop in writing and related research.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12or C2. Passing scores on both the CUNY Reading Test and the CUNY Writing Test

 

DEVELOPMENTAL ENGLISH
Kingsborough's approach to developmental education emphasizes a full and integrated grounding in reading, writing, and critical thinking, as well as the study skills that students need in order to cope with their academic and career training programs. This grounding also prepares students to pass the CUNY Tests. Upon completing the top level course, students retake the CUNY Tests.

Reading/Writing
Students are placed into Reading/Writing courses on the basis of their scores in reading and writing. Students who do not pass both Reading and Writing CUNY Tests or whose score on either test is at the introductory level enroll in ESL or
ENG 91, as appropriate. Students who fail both tests at the intermediate level enroll in ENG 92. Combined Reading/Writing courses allow students to progress as quickly as possible through required developmental work.

~ ENG 91 -- DEVELOPING FLUENCY in READING and WRITING (0 crs. 8 hrs. -- 8 equated crs.)

A course in reading, writing, and critical thinking for students who are at the basic level of developmental work. Required of entering students who score 5 or below on the CUNY Writing Test and/or at the 91 level on the CUNY Reading Test unless ESL placement is indicated.

~ ENG 92 -- DEVELOPING COMPETENCE in READING and WRITING* (0 crs. 8 hrs. -- 8 equated crs.)
A course in reading, writing and critical thinking for students who are at the intermediate level of developmental work. Required of students who score 6 on the CUNY Writing Test and who have failed the CUNY Reading Test at the 92/0A level. Also required of students who completed ENG 91.

Reading
For students whose scores or work in a previous course indicate that they need additional developmental work in reading but not in writing, KCC offers a course in developmental reading,
ENG 04(Analytical Reading), to help students prepare for college level assignments. The concentrated instruction and practice in the full range of reading skills offered by this course should also lead to improved performance on the CUNY Reading Test.

+ENG 04 -- ANALYTICAL READING # (0 crs. 4 hrs. -- 4 equated crs.)

Helps students improve reading proficiency through instruction and intensive practice in vocabulary, comprehension, and study skills development. Students read and analyze interdisciplinary materials, both in and out of class, to help them prepare for the required readings in their regular academic courses. Required of entering students who fail to pass the CUNY Reading Assessment Test but who have passed the CUNY writing test.

Writing

Students whose scores or work in a previous course indicate that they need additional developmental work in writing but not in reading enroll in ENG 93, Developing Competence in Writing.

*Some students are exempt from the testing requirement. They include:
a. holders of a Bachelor's Degree beginning a second degree program
_ (however, these students may be required by the college to take the tests upon entry to help determine their placement in English/ESL);
b. entering students who achieve a score of 480 or above on the Verbal section of the SAT;
c. students who achieve a score of 75 or higher on the English Language Arts Regents Exam.

~ ENG 93 -- DEVELOPING COMPETENCE in WRITING* (0 crs. 4 hrs. -- 4 equated crs.)
A course in reading, writing and critical thinking for students who score 6 on the CUNY Writing Test with a passing score on the CUNY Reading Test. Also required of students who have taken
ENG 91and/or 92 but have not satisfied the writing requirements for entrance into ENG 12.

ENG W -- CORRECTIVE WRITING SKILLS (0 crs. 2 hrs. -- 2 equated crs.)
Elective course for students who scored 6 on the CUNY Writing Assessment Test and passed
ENG 93. Offering intensive instruction in grammar, syntax, and usage, this course is designed to help students eliminate persistent errors in composition in order to enable them to pass the CUNY Writing Test. Students may not take ENG Wunless they have passed ENG 93or the writing component of ENG 92.

English Courses open only to students who are non-native speakers of English. Students are placed into the following English as a Second Language (ESL) courses on the basis of their performance on CUNY Reading and Writing tests.
ESL

~ ESL 00700 -- BASIC READING AND WRITING for STUDENTS LEARNING ENGLISH as a SECOND LANGUAGE*
(0 crs. 10 hrs. -- 10 equated crs.)

This is the first course in an ESL sequence designed for students whose first language is not English and whose results on the CUNY reading and writing tests indicate that they need extensive work on developing these areas. Activities include intensive work on reading, writing and revision, with an emphasis on developing fluency in writing and basic reading comprehension.

~ ESL 00900 -- INTERMEDIATE READING and WRITING for STUDENTS LEARNING ENGLISH as a SECOND LANGUAGE*
(0 crs. 10 hrs. -- 10 equated crs.)

This is the second course in an ESL sequence designed for students whose first language is not English and whose results on the CUNY reading and writing tests indicate that they need work on their reading and writing at the intermediate level. This course consists of various activities to improve English language communication skills, emphasizing clarity in writing and increased reading comprehension.

~ ESL 91 -- DEVELOPING FLUENCY in READING and WRITING for ESL STUDENTS* (0 crs. 8 hrs. -- 8 equated crs.)
A course in reading, writing, and critical thinking for ESL students who score 5 or below on the CUNY/ACT Writing Test. Also required of students who have successfully completed
ESL 09.

~ ESL 92 -- DEVELOPING COMPETENCE in READING and WRITING for ESL STUDENTS* (0 crs. 8 hrs. -- 8 equated crs.)
A course in reading, writing, and critical thinking for ESL students who are at the intermediate level of developmental work.

~ ESL 93 -- DEVELOPING COMPETENCE in WRITING for ESL STUDENTS* (0 crs. 4 hrs. -- 4 equated credits)
A course in reading, writing, and critical thinking for ESL students who successfully completed ESL 91and/or ESL 92but whose writing skills are inadequate for ENG 12. (Students in this course will have successfully met the college reading requirement.)

ELECTIVES

+ENG 30 -- INTRODUCTION to LITERATURE@ (3 crs. 3 hrs.)

For students who wish a general introduction to literature. Class focuses on poetry, drama and prose fiction.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12

+ ENG 31 -- CLASSICAL and BIBLICAL LITERATURE@ (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Readings including the Bible, Homer, Greek dramatists, Plato, Aristotle and Virgil.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12

+ ENG 32 -- WORLD LITERATURE@ (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Readings, primarily from the 13th to the 19th century, includes authors such as Dante, Austen, Cervantes, Voltaire, Goethe, Flaubert, and Balzac.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12

+ ENG 35 -- MODERN EUROPEAN LITERATURE@ (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Significant European literary works from the 19th century to the present, includes authors such as Ibsen, Chekhov, Mann, Hesse, Woolf, Kafka, Mansfield, Levi, DeBeauvoir, Duras, and Calvino.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12

+ ENG 04000 -- SHORT FICTION@ (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Examples of short fiction including such writers as Poe, Chekov, Hemingway, Wright, Welty, Carver and Oates. Focus is on the unique position of the short story in literature.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12

+ ENG 42 -- POETRY@ (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Introduction to poetry including the different styles, forms, and themes, with attention given to their purpose and effect.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12

+ ENG 43 -- DRAMA@ (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
An analysis of dramatic structure and a study of plays representing major dramatic styles.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12

+ ENG 44 -- THE TRAGIC VISION@ (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Tragic literature, from ancient times until the present, is studied in an attempt to understand the patterns and changing concepts in various literary genres.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12

+ENG 45 -- THE COMIC SPIRIT@ (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Comedy in prose and verse, its meaning, use, and techniques.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12

ENG 55 -- CULTURAL/LINGUISTIC ASPECTS of TEACHING LANGUAGE (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Designed to help current and prospective tutors master essential language skills and develop effective tutoring skills.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12

ENG 56 -- CREATIVE WRITING: FICTION@ (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Instruction and practice in the forms and types of fiction. Analysis of peer writing on a workshop basis, assists students develop mastery of the form of fiction best suited for them.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12
Course does NOT satisfy Group II "Literature" requirement

ENG 57 -- CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY@ (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Instruction and practice in writing traditional and new forms of poetry.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12
Course does NOT satisfy Group II "Literature" requirement

+ ENG 63 -- SHAKESPEARE@ (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Survey of Shakespeare's work, emphasizing his plays, includes some consideration of his non-dramatic verse.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12

+ ENG 64 -- THE LITERATURE OF ADVENTURE AND EXPLORATION (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
A study of the writings associated with major aspects of American adventure and exploration, such as the "discovery" of America, the Frontier, the Wild West, the National Parks, the development of tourism, and the space program. Writers to be studied will include Columbus, Lewis and Clark, Thoreau, Twain, Cather, and Silko.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12

+ ENG 65 -- LITERATURE and FILM@ (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Study of novels, plays, screenplays and films made from them. Emphasis is on different aesthetic problems facing writer and filmmaker. Time is scheduled for film viewing.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12

+ ENG 66 -- LITERATURE and HUMAN BEHAVIOR (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
The complexities of human behavior as presented in literature are examined. Readings drawn from a wide multicultural base include works by African, American, British, Chinese, European, Hispanic and Russian authors. Various literary themes and genres will be analyzed in the context of their behavioral implications. Cross-cultural similarities and differences will be explored.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12

+ENG 67 -- WOMEN in LITERATURE (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Writing by and about women in various genres and eras. Consideration is given to women as writers using sociological, psychological, mythic and formal literary critical methods.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12

+ ENG 68 -- GOTHIC and HORROR FICTION@ (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Study of major works of horror fiction, includes short stories, novels, some narrative poetry, dealing primarily with the evocation of horror, plus, attempts to trace a narrative pattern common to much horror fiction. Analysis of gothic trappings and such psychosexual creatures as vampires and werewolves, as they appear in literature.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12

+ ENG 77 -- THE ROOTS of BLACK LITERATURE@ (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Analysis and study of black literature in the United States and study of its history and development to 1950.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12

+ ENG 78 -- CONTEMPORARY BLACK LITERATURE@ (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Development and study of black literature in the United States from 1950 to the present.
Prerequisite:
ENG 12

ENG 81 -- INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 crs. 1-3 hrs.)
Independent study of English is developed individually between student and faculty member and must be approved by the Department.

ENG 82 --INTENSIVE PREPARATION FOR THE CUNY TEST IN READING COMPREHENSION (Reading Express) (2 crs. 2 hrs.)
This course is of a topical and pilot nature and is designed to meet the immediate needs and interests of various student populations. It is offered for a maximum of two semesters.

ESL BW1-- FOUNDATIONS for COLLEGE-LEVEL READING and WRITING for ESL STUDENTS I (0 crs. 4 hrs)
Low-intermediate portfolio-based course designed to help students develop the fluency, focus, analytical and organizations skills needed to become successful college writers and pass ELA Regents and college placement exams. Readings assigned from various genres and of varying lengths. First of a two-semester course sequence.
Prerequisite:Students must be designated as ESL

ESL BW2 -- FOUNDATIONS for COLLEGE-LEVEL READING and WRITING for ESL STUDENTS II(0 crs. 4 hrs)
High-intermediate/advanced portfolio-based course designed to help students develop the fluency, focus, analytical and organizations skills needed to become successful college writers and pass ELA Regents and college placement exams. Readings assigned from various genres and of varying lengths. Second of a two-semester course sequence.
Prerequisite: Students must be designated as ESL

ENG BW: FOUNDATIONS for COLLEGE-LEVEL WRITING (0 crs. 4 hrs.)
Develop ability to write in a logical and coherent style with emphasis on how to prepare well organized material that says what the writer wants to say. Preparation for CUNY Writing Test.

ENG BR: FOUNDATIONS for COLLEGE-LEVEL READING (0 crs. 4 hrs.)
Helps students increase ability to read, outline, summarize and draw conclusions from their readings. Preparation for CUNY Reading Test.

~ ENG W1 -- INTENSIVE WRITING I (0 crs. 2 hrs. -- 2 equated crs.)
Students will create portfolios based on freshman-level reading assignments. the interdisciplinary focus will be Science at the Core. Development of critical thinking and writing skills needed for freshman college experience will be emphasized.


ENG W2 -- INTENSIVE WRITING II (0 crs. 2 hrs.)
Course builds on the practices of ENG W1. Based on its specialized psychology curriculum, 50 Minute Hour, students develop advanced critical thinking and writing skilss required for success in English classes during and beyond the Freshman Year Experience.

JOURNALISM

+ JRL 31 -- BASIC JOURNALISM (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
(Formerly ENG 50)
Introductory course on the history of journalism: writing leads, rewrites, reporting, hard news stories, covering beats, copy preparation, research, operation of a campus newspaper, special interests.
Pre or Corequisite:
ENG 12

JRL 32 -- ADVANCED JOURNALISM (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
(Formerly ENG 52)
Further study of newspaper techniques: advanced research, in-depth coverage, interviews, sidebars, profiles, basic reviews, writing styles, headlines and typefaces, copyreading and proofreading, editorials, freedom of the press, legalities.
Prerequisite:
JRL 31

JRL 41 -- COMMUNITY JOURNALISM (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
A practical course focusing on local concerns: community standards, problems, economics, political influences and pressures, techniques of covering local stories.
Prerequisite:
JRL 31

JRL 42 -- INVESTIGATIVE and INTERPRETIVE JOURNALISM (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Developing techniques of interviews, research and analysis. Students select an issue to investigate, then prepare one or more major stories researching and interpreting the information.
Prerequisite:
JRL 31

JRL 43 -- THE CRITICAL REVIEW (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
Journalistic criticism of the arts including: literature, film, theater, architecture, art and related fields. Students read and analyze examples of criticism and write original critiques.
Prerequisite:
JRL 31

JRL 44 -- FEATURE and MAGAZINE WRITING (3 crs. 3 hrs.)
The techniques of writing feature news stories that require understanding basic news writing combined with the ability to utilize the creative approach contained in human interest stories.
Prerequisite:
JRL 31

JRL 71 -- PRINT MEDIA PRODUCTION (3 crs. 4 hrs.)
Practical course on techniques of producing a newspaper, literary magazine or yearbook. Students participate in workshops in two or more departments and handle materials at several stages of the publication. At the end of the course, students will have portfolios for presentation to potential employers.
Prerequisite:
JRL 31or Department permission

JRL 81 -- INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 crs. 1-3 hrs.)
Independent study of journalism is developed individually between student and faculty member and must be approved by the Department.

JRL 92 -- JOURNALISM INTERNSHIP (3 crs. 9 hrs.)
Students will be placed on community newspapers or in community-relations offices for practical work in the operations of a community publication.
Prerequisite:
JRL 41


# Studies are supplemented each week by required small group instruction in the Reading and Writing Center
~ Developmental/Remedial Course
@ Appropriate writing assignments
* Studies are supplemented each week by required Reading and Writing Center instruction
+ Basic Course


 

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