Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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Basic English Skills Workshops and Lab
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Course Description

Provides an individualized plan of study with the English Coordinator to identify workshops and resources to improve English grammar, punctuation, writing, reading, and/or communication skills. Content varies depending upon interest and diagnosed needs.

Addendum to Course Description

Students choose and attend 10 workshops of their choice from the English skills workshop series offered during the term.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Apply college preparatory grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, and spelling skills to future coursework and into the work place.
  • Employ appropriate reading skills for analysis and comprehension of a variety of written texts.
  • Use communication skills needed for successful transition into the work force.

Course Activities and Design

Small group instruction
Textbook, workbook, computer-assisted, and/or audio/video assignments

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Written papers
Reading summary paragraphs
Journal writing
Teacher observations
Self evaluation
Portfolios with log entries
Research papers
Book reviews

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Grammar and punctuation
Paragraph development
Essay development
Writing process
Reading comprehension
Reading and proofreading strategies
Vocabulary: context clues, dictionary skills, and spelling
Speaking and listening
Use of lab's self-paced learning resources -- tutorials, computer programs, videos, and others