BE-203: Intermediate Composition for ESL Students

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: BE-203 Intermediate Composition for ESL Students

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours, 1 recitation hour, 1 laboratory hour

Credits: 0

Pre-requisites (if any): BE-201 or Placement in BE-203

Course Description in college catalog:

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 the short composition. Students must demonstrate competence in writing a short composition in order to pass a Departmental examination before taking BE-205.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate facility in writing reading-response essays that have an introduction, body paragraph(s) and a conclusion.

  2. Demonstrate competence with paragraph unity, using topic sentences when needed, transitions, the appropriate level of relevant supporting detail, and concluding sentences.

  3. Analyze and summarize a variety of texts

  4. Use their understanding of the writing process to effectively complete assignments through planning, drafting, proofreading, and rewriting.

  5. Follow the stylistic conventions of word-processed academic papers, i.e. capitalization, double spacing, spaces between periods and new sentences, etc.

  6. Follow basic conventions of Standard Written English (SWE), showing command of sentence boundaries, plural noun endings, subject-verb agreement, and show better command of simple, compound, and complex sentences than they did to begin the semester.

  7. Demonstrate competence with peer editing/review of short essays.

  8. Demonstrate listening comprehension when listening to student writing and introductory college-level texts.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

  1. Student participation (being involved in the lectures and labs)

  2. Class assignments

  3. Quizzes

  4. Departmental Midterms and Final Exams

  5. Project(s) implementation and presentation

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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