Developmental English


English 0097, Composition Skills

English 0097 is required of all ALL students scoring below an 18 on the English portion of the ACT, below 450 on the SAT (Recentered) verbal section, or below 71 on the writing portion of the COMPASS test.  This computer-enhanced course focuses on improving skills in written composition to help students develop the skills necessary to earn a "C" or better in English 1104. The course emphasizes the generation of a series of multi-paragraph essays. According to state college system mandates, to earn a Credit in the class and move on to college-level writing, students must be able to write an essay that demonstrates the following characteristics:

  • a central idea or thesis; an introduction/body/conclusion; 
  • paragraphs with topic sentences and supporting details;
  • complete, grammatical sentences with some variety in syntax;
  • appropriate word choice; 
  • clear flow of ideas from one part to another; 
  • proficient use of standard English punctuation and spelling.


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