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Writing Program Courses

Students place into one of the following courses based on the English Placement Exam.  All students must complete English 16 as part of their Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.  English 16 is also a prerequisite for the core literature courses (English 61-64).   If you have questions, please contact Mary Hallet, Director of Writing, at 718-488-1108.

English 13/13X

Students should exit English 13/13X with an enhanced ability to read carefully and critically and to write basic narrative and expository prose that adheres to the conventions of standard edited English.  Students will learn to read and write about a variety of shorter texts, including essays, stories and poems, and they will also read and respond in writing to one longer text, either fiction or non-fiction.  By the end of English 13/13X, students will understand what it means to read and write in an academic context and will begin to develop skills in these areas.  Editing skills—including the language of basic grammar, syntax, usage, and punctuation—will be introduced. 

English 14/14X

In English 14/14X, students should develop their reading, writing and formal rhetorical skills, all of which go hand in hand.  Not only will students learn to read and write about a variety of texts, they will also learn to compose rhetorically sophisticated essays that take account of purpose, context, and audience.  Students will learn the basics of such rhetorical strategies as description, definition, summary, comparison/contrast, narration, exposition, and analysis, and, more importantly, they will learn how to use these strategies in creating effective written arguments.  In other words, student writers in English 14/14X will learn to articulate and develop a clear position within a specific context.

English 16/16X

Students in English 16/16X will learn to manipulate the vocabulary choices, sentence structures, and rhetorical forms necessary for the development of sophisticated essays. English 16 seeks to initiate a dialogue among students that will lead them to write with more than their own “personal” position in mind: the readings and classroom discussions will give the sense that they are entering an ongoing conversation of consequence.  To this end, students in English 16/16X will  be required to integrate both the thoughts and words of other writers into their own essays.  Students in English 16/16X will learn the fundamentals of such rhetorical strategies as description, definition, summary, comparison/contrast, narration, exposition, and analysis, and, more importantly, they will learn how to use these strategies to create effective and sophisticated arguments.  Both in relation to their own experience and to a text or set of texts, student writers in English 16/16X will  learn how, within a specific rhetorical situation, to articulate and develop a sophisticated position.


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