ENGL-90: Integrated Reading and Writing for Advanced ESL Students

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: ENGL-90 Integrated Reading and Writing for Advanced ESL Students

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 6 hours

Credits: 0 credits, 6 equated credits

Pre-requisites (if any): Incoming students should work with Admissions and Testing offices for placement information

Course Description in college catalog:

This course is offered to English Language Learners based on the results of a student’s placement score and departmental examination. This thematically oriented course links the concurrent development of reading and writing skills, with a special focus on the use of critical thinking to both analyze a range of texts and to produce organized reading responses via well developed summaries and essays across multiple genres and audiences.  Computer integrated pedagogy, theme-based curricula, high impact projects, and in-class/out of class tutors are recommended aspects of the course.

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

  3. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

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

  • Students will identify integral links between thematic topics addressed in both reading and writing assignments and then produce satisfactory work that reflects these connections.

  • Students will be able to identify the organization of a written text or document; i.e. main idea, supporting topic sentences, and be able to replicate those structures to create effective written documents (summaries, paragraphs and essays).
  • Students will understand and use discipline-specific academic vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and collocations.

  • Students will comprehend a variety of reading materials of varying levels of complexity.
  • Students will develop and utilize critical thinking skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. 

  • Students will employ effective study skills

  • Students will use pre-reading and pre-writing techniques to help them understand reading materials and for their own writing.
  •  Students will understand the essay drafting process from brainstorming to final draft.

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:

Writing portfolio and one in-class writing assessment

CATW-E exit exam

Reading comprehension quizzes

Class participation


Passing students will exit into the ALP.

The highest performing students who meet criteria agreed upon by the ESL and Developmental faculty committee, will exit directly into ENGL101, bypassing the ALP linked course.

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 Accessibility Services in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Office of Accessibility Services website.

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