CMS Course Descriptions

English 201/202: Writing the First Year: Global Perscpectives of Multilingual Speakers (Stretch I and II)— 4 units (each semester)

In this special program for freshmen who have just graduated from high school, students participate in a year-long learning community to work intensively on developing and practicing the academic literacy and critical thinking skills needed for success in university course work. English 201 emphasizes essential skills including academic reading, writing, vocabulary building and editing techniques. English 202 builds on these skills while focusing on formal academic essay writing.

English 204: Effective Literacy Skills for College — 3 units

Based on the Write to Register recommendation this course should be taken before English 209 and prepares students who are freshmen (not directly from high school) with the academic literacy, grammar editing and critical thinking skills needed for success in university course work. Students practice academic reading and writing skills such as annotation summarizing, paraphrasing and outlining, and writing short essays. The students also focus on grammar in written texts. Repeatable for credit.

English 208: Basic Grammar for Composition— 3 units

English 201 students maybe advised to take this course that focuses on grammatical accuracy in written work. Structures typically reviewed and practiced include articles, verb forms and tenses, and sentence structure. Repeatable for credit.

English 212: Advanced Grammar for Composition — 3 units

Based on the Write to Register recommendation this course should be taken before English 209 and is for students who need to improve the grammatical accuracy of their writing. Students write short papers in class and at home in response to selected readings. Then grammar review is provided on problematic and advanced  grammatical structures. Students work individually and in small groups on accuracy and proofreading skills. Repeatable for credit.

English 209: Writing the First Year: Global Perscpectives of Multilingual Speakers — 3 units

This course in written communication prepares students for the extended composition and reading tasks at the university. The focus is on the composing process and on writing academic prose. Students read articles, essays or books to imporve their critical reading skills as well as to get ideas for their compositions. Students also learn heuristics to help them find topics and develop their ideas in writing. The course includes the composing and revising of short essays with emphasis on clarity and adequate supporting information. Grammar review is provided on problematic structures. Repeatable for credit.

English 210: Oral Communication — 3 units

This course meets the GE A1 requirement for oral communication and focuses on listening, speaking and presentation skills. The activities for the course include interviews, small group discussion, whole class discussion, informational and persuasive oral presentations by individuals and by panels and evaluation of oral presentations. Repeatable for credit.

English 217: Writing the First Year: Language, Culture and Perspectives of Multilingual Speakers— 3 units

This course focuses on the writing and revision of compositions, in the style and form that is required in university coursework. Instruction is focused on essays that synthesize information from outside texts with the students’ own analysis. Students practice critical thinking through critical reading, argumentation and making connections between their ideas and those of outside authors. Students finish the semester with a research paper. Structure is reviewed as necessary. Repeatable for credit.