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Which English Course is best for YOU? Summer and fall 2020

Welcome to HACC!

We look forward to supporting your success, which begins with determining your placement into HACC courses.

Students can place into ENGL 101 with the following:

  • A high school GPA of 3.0 or greater within the past 10 years (high school students at the end of their junior year may use their GPA, too)
  • SAT EBRW or Critical Reading of 480 or more within the past 10 years
  • PSAT of 450 or higher for current high school students
  • ACT Reading score of 18 or higher and ACT English score of 21 or higher within the past ten years
  • 12 incoming transfer credits

Students who do not place into ENGL 101 via the exemption criteria should enroll in either ENGL 002 or 003 plus either ENGL 050 or 051. Students with strong reading and writing skills can enroll in ENGL 057. Please see the information below to help guide decision making.

ENGL 002: Strategy Based Reading II

This course builds college-level reading skills and is best for students who

  • Often struggle to comprehend what they have read
  • Rarely read any type of text over a month's time
  • Rarely read for pleasure or as a routine part of their jobs
  • Can locate 0-1 specific parts of text (main idea, supporting details, purpose)
  • Have minimal familiarity with and limited use of reading strategies

Students who enroll in this course should take ENGL 050 as well.

ENGL 003: Strategy Based Reading III

This course further develops college-level reading skills for those with a stronger reading history. This course is best for students who

  • Sometimes struggle to understand what they have read
  • Read some type of long text each month for pleasure or work
  • Can locate specific parts of texts (main idea, supporting details, purpose)
  • Can apply and recognize a few reading strategies

Students who enroll in this course should take ENGL 051 as well.

ENGL 050: Fundamentals of College Writing I

This course builds college-level writing skills and is best for students who

  • Are comfortable writing one page or less in response to a writing prompt
  • Have some confidence in their knowledge of writing conventions and/or English grammar but want to build more
  • Wrote few academic essays in high school
  • Write infrequently as a regular part of their jobs
  • Rarely ask for help with writing
  • Struggle to identify and fix problems in their writing
  • Rarely use a systematic writing process
  • Procrastinate on writing tasks

Students who enroll in this course should take ENGL 002 as well.

ENGL 051: Fundamentals of College Writing II

This course is best for students who

  • Have experience and are comfortable with writing essays of 1-2 pages in length
  • Sometimes struggle to figure out how to write in response to a prompt or assignment
  • Have been told that they have mistakes in their writing but who might not be able to find them
  • Consider themselves a capable writer depending on the type of writing assigned
  • Sometimes feel confident in communicating their ideas clearly
  • Feel less comfortable asking for help with their writing

Students who enroll in this course should take ENGL 003 as well.

ENGL 057: Integrated Reading and Writing

Our most challenging and rigorous option integrates instruction in reading and writing and is best for students who

  • Have experience and are comfortable with writing essays of at least 2 pages in length
  • Sometimes struggle to comprehend what they read
  • Have been told that they have mistakes in their writing but who might not be able to find them
  • Read some type of long text each month for pleasure or for work
  • Sometimes feel confident in communicating their ideas clearly in writing
  • Can locate and name few parts of text (main idea, supporting details, purpose)
  • Can apply and recognize a few reading strategies
  • Sometimes struggle to figure out how to write in response to a prompt or assignment

Students who enroll in this course should NOT take ENGL 002, 003, 050, or 051.

Consider your options, and enroll today!

For more information, please reach out to your academic advisor or contact the chair of English, Christine M. Nowik (cmnowik@hacc.edu).

Welcome to HACC!