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Pre-Transfer

Pre-Transfer

The main developmental courses offered by the English Department are English 269AB and English 201AB. A student who is ready to move to the next level of composition usually demonstrates the following:

English 269 >>201 English 201>>1A
1. College Readiness  

  • exhibits self-confidence & positive attitude
  • demonstrates appropriate/productive classroom behavior
  • demonstrates rudimentary skills in computer literacy/MS Word
2. Writing Process
  • utilizes a process  (from pre-writing, drafting, sharing, revising, editing, thorough proofreading)
3. Essay Structure
  • can write at minimum a 500-word, clear, and coherent essay reflecting a central idea, with supporting material
  • can write at minimum a 750-word, clear and coherent essay supporting a thesis through adequately structured paragraphs
  • can develop paragraphs using rhetorical modes other than narration
4. Sentence Structure
  • generally writes in complete sentences; can recognize run-ons and fragments
  • uses co-ordination and subordination
  • writes both simple and complex sentences
  • avoids producing run-ons and fragments
  • uses a variety of sentence patterns
5. Grammar and Mechanics
  • understands how nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs function in a sentence
  • makes few errors in subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement
  • writes essays which are relatively free of errors in areas such as verb and pronoun usage
  • makes only a few punctuation errors appropriate to sentence-level skills above
6. Reading
  • demonstrate phonetic and morpheme awareness
  • uses a variety of reading strategies (pre-reading questioning, SQ3R, clarifying, annotating, and others)
  • reads at 8th grade level or above
  • reads at 10th grade level or above
7. Critical Thinking
  • can identify general vs. specific statements
  • can make personal connections to the text
  • demonstrates in writing critical thinking skills such as identifying main ideas and supporting details, distinguishing fact from opinion, inferring, & drawing conclusions from readings