Beginning Reading and Writing Skills

English 071 builds writing skills at the sentence level and improves reading comprehension through the study of nonfiction pre-college level texts. The course also introduces the writing process and the basics of paragraph structure. Units do not apply to the associate degree and the course is offered credit/no-credit only.
The Student Learning Outcomes for English 071 are:
  • Employ the basic conventions of English grammar, syntax, mechanics, punctuation, and spelling at the sentence level and identify and correct problems with these in personal writing and in sample exercises
  • Compose non-source-based paragraphs utilizing the primary components and be able to distinguish between rhetorical formats
  • Demonstrate progress in acquiring basic academic reading skills, especially comprehension and summarizing of subject matter
To achieve the above stated goals, the Course Objectives for English 071 are as follow:
  • Distinguish between different parts of a sentence: subjects, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, conjunctions, and prepositions.
  • Distinguish between homonyms or frequently confused words.
  • Identify frequently misspelled words.
  • Demonstrate competency in recognizing and correcting agreement errors with subjects, verbs, and pronouns.
  • Demonstrate competency in recognizing and correcting sentence boundary errors.
  • Identify three main types of sentences: simple, compound, and complex
  • Name and apply rules of punctuation and mechanics.
  • Compose paragraphs using key elements, such as topic sentence, main ideas, supporting details, transitions, and concluding sentence.
  • Make basic inferences and draw conclusions from readings, current events, and articles.
  • Compose a summary of a pre-college level reading.
  • Recognize and define a variety of patterns of development in writing, such as narration, description, and process analysis.
  • Define elements of non-fiction, such as main ideas and supporting details.
  • Read actively by making marginal notes (SQ6R & HQR) and marking items for reference.
  • Use contextual analysis to figure out the meanings of words in texts.
  • Use a dictionary and thesaurus effectively to recognize and define unfamiliar and unknown words.
  • Increase reading rate (speed).

Course Sequence Chart

English 071 

English 071L 

English 081 

English 091 

English 094 

English 096 

English 101 

English 102 

English 103