Course Descriptions

Courses in this department prepare students for college level courses. They cover areas such as reading, study skills and composition. They are designed primarily for students who must raise their level of competence to the standard required for admission to courses at the college level. They are also open to all students who wish to improve their reading comprehension, study skills, and ability to write clearly.
As a result of standard placement tests, one or more of these courses may be required before a student takes many college credit courses. The placement also depends on whether a student is a native speaker of English or an English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) student.

SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Native speakers of English may be assigned to the following reading and composition courses:

ESL students may be assigned to the following reading and composition courses:

▪     ESL students with very limited skills in reading, writing, and speaking should enroll in the CUNY Language Immersion Program. For information, call 718-281-5460.


The following courses are provided for Natives Speakers of English.

BE-111 Development of Composition Skills
3 class hours I recitation hour
1 laboratory hour 0 credits
First course of a two-semester sequence in writing skills for students with fundamental writing prob­lems who require extensive instruction prior to BE-112, as determined by a standard skills assess­ment or placement test and screening results. Grammar and usage, sentence structure, and facility with paragraph development stressed.
To be followed by BE-112, except upon Departmental waiver.

BE-112 Composition Workshop
3 class hours I recitation hour 0 credits
Prerequisite: BE-111 or placement in BE-1I2.
For students with special writing problems who need intensified instruction, as determined by a standard skills assessment or placement test and screening results. Paragraph and essay composi­tion and preparation of reports stressed, with emphasis on organization, thought development, and grammar.

BE-121 Development of Reading Skills
3 class hours 1 recitation hour 0 credit
First course of a two-semester sequence designed for intensive instruction in fundamental reading skills. Emphasis placed on developing word recog­nition, comprehension, reference techniques, and introductory note-taking skills. The skills include phonics, word structure analysis, sentence mean­ing, and the organization of ideas in a simple out­line.
BE-121 will be followed by BE-122, except upon Departmental waiver.

BE-122 College Reading and Study Skills Improvement
3 class hours I recitation hour 0 credit
Prerequisite: BE-121 or placement in BE-122
Workshop in college reading improvement to help develop reading skills and effective use of time in required college reading. Emphasis on organizing ideas, increasing speed. improving com­prehension and interpretation, developing vocab­ulary, and reading to remember facts.


The following courses are provided for ESL students.

Note: Students who receive a reading placement of "Language Immersion" have placed too low to take the remedial reading and writing courses offered by the Basic Skills Department. Therefore, these students should enroll in the Language Immersion Program described above.

BE-201 Beginning Composition for ESL Students
3 class hour’s 1 recitation hour 1 laboratory hour 0 credits
First course of a writing skills sequence for ESL stu­dents who have little or no previous composition experience in English. The objective is to provide the student with a sound foundation in the basic structure of English through intensive instruction and drill in the relationship between spoken and written English and in the fundamentals of grammar, usage, sentence structure, and paragraph develop­ment.
Note: Students who complete BE-201 successfully will be informed by their instructors whether to register for BE-203 or BE-205.

BE-203 Intermediate Composition for ESL Students
3 class hours 1 recitation hour l laboratory hour 0 credit
Prerequisite: BE-201
This course is intended for students who are judged to need additional preparation before tak­ing BE- 205, based on the results of the depart­mental examination administered in BE-201. Emphasis is on intermediate grammar, paragraph development, and writing short compositions. Students must demonstrate competence in writ­ing a short composition in order to pass a Departmental examination before taking BE-205.

BE-205 Advanced Composition for ESL Students
3 class hours 1 recitation hour laboratory hour 0 credit
Prerequisite: BE-201 and BE-203 or placement in BE-205.
Designed for ESL students who have had some experience in English composition, but who still require remedi­al work before taking content area courses. It is also the final course of the sequence for ESL stu­dents with serious writing deficiencies. Emphasis is on advanced grammar and organizing and writing a five-paragraph essay.

BE-225 Basic Reading Skills for ESL Students
3 class hours 1 recitation hour 0 credits
First course of a two-semester sequence for ESL students who are in need of intensive instruc­tion in fundamental reading and communication skills. Emphasis is placed on development of word recognition skills, knowl­edge of English idioms, listening skills, and literal comprehension. These skills include phonics and pronunciation, word structure analysis, dictionary use, multiple meanings of words, language pat­terns in reading, following directions, and basic note-taking skills from oral presentations.
BE-225 is followed by BE-226, except upon Departmental waiver.

BE-226 College Reading and Study Skills for ESL Students
3 class hours 1 recitation hour 0 credits
Prerequisite: BE-225 or placement in BE-226.
Designed for ESL students who need to develop college-level reading and study skills. It is also the second course of a two-semester sequence (with BE- 225) for students with serious skills deficiencies in read­ing. Emphasis is placed on development of fluen­cy, patterns of organization in text type material, vocabulary in context, note-taking skills, test-taking skills, library and reference techniques, and knowledge of English idioms.

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