First-Year Writing Program

Sequence of First Year Writing Courses

ENGL V01A - ENGLISH COMPOSITION - 4 Units

Prerequisite: Open to all students per AB 705

A writing course which emphasizes critical reading, expository and argumentative writing, and mastery of library research techniques. It includes instruction and practice in critical thinking, in analytical reading and evaluation of written work, including at least one book-length work of significant literature, and in the methods of clearly communicating and supporting ideas in organized, coherent essays. Students are required to write a minimum of 6500 formal words, including a research project, based on essays, literature read in class, personal experience, and college-level research.

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • CSLO-1: Write coherent, thesis-driven academic prose with well-developed paragraphs.
  • CSLO-2: Integrate relevant ideas and evidence from credible sources using appropriate methods of citation.

ENGL V01B - CRITICAL THINKING AND COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE - 4 Units

Prerequisite: ENGL V01A with grade of C or better

This course provides study of literature combined with instruction in critical thinking and composition. The course emphasizes understanding and writing about literature using principles of logical analysis, criticism, advocacy of ideas, and inductive and deductive reasoning. Students will examine assumptions upon which conclusions are based and recognize common logical errors of language and thought. Instruction is offered in advanced elements of style and organization. Application of critical thinking skills and logical methodology to the various literary genres will achieve a disciplined understanding of the material.

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • CSLO-1: Write coherent, thesis-driven academic prose related to literature with well-developed paragraphs.
  • CSLO-2: Integrate relevant ideas and evidence from credible literary sources using appropriate methods of citation.

ENGL V01C - ADVANCED COMPOSITION AND CRITICAL THINKING - 3 Units

Prerequisite: ENGL V01A with grade of C or better

This course offers practice in the writing of non-fiction, centered on a course theme, based on analytic reading of essays from a variety of disciplines. It develops mastery of the writing process, critical thinking, and the elements of style. Culmination of the semester is marked by the submission of a final portfolio of student's best work.

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • CSLO-1: Write coherent, tightly focused academic prose with richly developed paragraphs.
  • CSLO-2: Integrate ideas and evidence seamlessly from credible and appropriately cited sources that strengthen the essay as a whole.

 

OPTIONAL WRITING COURSES BELOW TRANSFER LEVEL

ENGL V02 - FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH COMPOSITION - 5 Units

The student will learn to write coherent, well-developed expository essays using a variety of rhetorical modes; to summarize and analyze essays as models for writing; and to conduct research and write a research essay.

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • CSLO-1: Write clearly focused and organized academic prose with developed paragraphs.
  • CSLO-2: Integrate ideas and evidence from appropriate sources using citation.​​

ENGL V03 - BASIC ENGLISH COMPOSITION - 5 Units

The student will learn to write coherent, supported paragraphs and short essays; to analyze and summarize short prose; and to conduct research and write a short research paper. Offered on a credit/no credit basis only. Not applicable for degree credit.

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • CSLO-1: Develop adequately focused and organized prose with sufficient support.
  • CSLO-2: Present ideas and evidence from sources using citation.