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English Courses

All students are required to take a reading and a writing placement test before enrolling in any reading or writing class at HawCC. Concurrent UHH classified majors should check the Placement Testing information in the college catalog.

Eng 18—Reading Essentials (3) PreReq: Placement in Eng 18
This is a reading fundamentals course designed to develop reading comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and study skills. Some of the activities will include building vocabulary skills through phonics, context clues, and word structure; improving comprehension by finding the main ideas, making inferences and recognizing patterns of organization; developing study skills by practicing good time management and taking organized notes; and learning to use information retrieval skills. (3 lec hrs.)

Eng 19—Writing Essentials (3) PreReq: Placement in Eng 19
Course concentrates on constructing effective sentences with correct sentence structure, grammar, word choice, punctuation, and spelling. Students will practice writing and editing paragraphs based on personal experiences. Students will also be introduced to a variety of study skills as a tool to increase their academic success (3 lec hrs.)

Eng 20R—Reading and Learning Skills (3) PreReq: Eng 18 or placement in Eng 20R
A reading and learning skills course designed to develop vocabulary, comprehension skills, and the ability to think clearly. Activities will include improving listening skills, notetaking, textbook reading, independent lab work and learning/study skills necessary for college survival. Writing will be used to promote reading and study skills. (3 lec hrs.)

Eng 20W—College Writing and Grammar (3) PreReq: Placement in Eng 20W
Instruction and practice in writing varied and effective sentences with correct sentence structure, grammar, word choice, punctuation, and spelling. Instruction and practice in writing and editing paragraphs which demonstrate proficiency in sentence skills. Exit examination required. (Not applicable to AA and AS degrees) (3 lec hrs.)

Eng 21—Developmental Reading (3) PreReq: "C" or better in ESL 9 or Eng 20R or placement in Eng 21
Reading to find main ideas and specific details, to draw inferences, and to develop critical judgment. Training to develop flexible reading rates, study skills, and vocabulary. Drill and practice in independent reading activities. (3 lec hrs.)

Eng 22—Introduction to Expository Writing (3) PreReq: "C" or better in Eng 20W or placement in Eng 22; and Eng 20R or Eng 51 or placement in Eng 21
Instruction and practice in writing clear, effective, well-developed paragraphs and short essays using various modes of development. Exit examination required. (3 lec hrs.)

Eng 55—Business Communications (3) PreReq: "C" or better in Eng 20W or "C" or better in ESL 13 or placement in Eng 22 or in ESL 15; and OAT 21B-C-D or OAT 23; and sophomore standing
A course in writing purposeful, effective business letters through experience in analyzing problem situations. Fundamentals of written communication skills will be emphasized. (3 lec hrs.)

Eng 100—Expository Writing (3) PreReq: Eng 21 or "B" or better in Eng 51 or placement in Eng 102; and "C" or better in Eng 22 or "C" or better in ESL 15 or placement in Eng 100
Instruction and practice in writing clear, effective university-level prose. Attention to all stages of the process—generating ideas, drafting, revising, and editing. (3 lec hrs.)

Eng 102—College Reading Skills (3) PreReq: Eng 21 or placement in Eng 102; and Eng 20W or ESL 13 or placement in Eng 22
Emphasis on reading college-level materials, including improvement in the following areas: problem solving skills, reading and interpreting literature, college vocabulary, study skills, library research skills, and speed reading skills to become a flexible reader. (3 lec hrs.)

Ling 102—Introduction to the Study of Language (3) PreReq: "C" or better in Eng 21 or placement in Eng 102; and "C" or better in Eng 22 or ESL 15 or placement in Eng 100
A broad introduction to the nature and workings of language through linguistic analysis: an overview of phonology (sound system), morphology (word structure), syntax (sentence structure), semantics (meaning), ethno- linguistics, and historical-comparative linguistics. (3 lec hrs.)

Eng 103—Critical Reading, Thinking, Problem Solving (3) PreReq: Eng 21 or placement in Eng 102; and Eng 22 or ESL 15 or placement in Eng 100
Emphasis on critical reading, thinking, and problem solving skills, and interpreting literature. Use of higher level reading skills of analysis, interpretation, and integration to develop increased thinking and reading proficiency at the college level. (3 lec hrs.)

Eng 105—Reading Film (3) PreReq: "C" or better in Eng 22 or "C" or better in ESL 15 or placement in Eng 100
This course introduces students to the study of film techniques, types, and interpretation. Using a variety of films, especially those with a connection to Hawai`i, the course surveys a wide range of topics, including cinematography, editing, genre, production, history and analysis. Fictional films and their alternatives including the documentary will be studied to develop visual literacy - the ability to read moving images. (3 lec hrs.)

Ling 121—Introduction to Language (3) Cross-listed as Anth 121 PreReq: "C" or better in Eng 22 or "C" or better in ESL 15 or placement in Eng 100
An introduction to the study of language from an anthropological perspective. Broad topics include ethnolinguistics (language and culture), sociolinguistics (language and society), psycholinguistics (language and cognition), and core subfields in linguistics; phonology (sound system), morphology (word structure), and syntax (sentence structure). More emphasis will be given to anthropological methods and cultural concepts in Anth 121 than in Ling 121, where linguistic approaches are emphasized. (3 lec hrs.)

Eng 204—Creative Writing (3) PreReq: "C" or better in Eng 100
Students will practice writing poems, scenes, and short stories. The course includes creative writing assignments and discussions of each student’s writing. May be repeated for credit, up to 9 credits. (3 lec hrs.)

Eng 255—Types of Literature: Short Story and Novel (3) PreReq: Eng 100
An introduction to two major types of English literature: the short story and the novel. Students will read, analyze, and discuss works of fiction as well as learn how to apply principles of interpretation to other literary works. The goal of the course is to help students achieve a greater understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of literature. (3 lec hrs.)

Eng 256—Types of Literature: Poetry and Drama (3) PreReq: Eng 100
An introduction to two major types of English literature: poetry and drama. Students will read, analyze, and discuss poems and plays as well as learn how to apply principles of interpretation to other literary works. The goal of the course is to help students achieve a greater understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of literature. (3 lec hrs.)

Eng 257A—Themes in Literature: Literature of Hawai`i (3) PreReq: Eng 100
This course introduces students to persistent themes that appear in the English language literature of 19th and 20th century Hawai`i. Literary contributions from a wide range of sources representative of Hawai‘i’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity will be studied in their historical and cultural context. Emphasis will be placed on the themes that help readers to appreciate the ideological and aesthetic qualities specific to Hawai`i’s literature as well as those that identify Hawai`i as part of a global community. (3 lec hrs.)

Eng 257E—Themes in Literature: Multi-Cultural Literature (3) PreReq: Eng 100
This course is a multi-cultural literature course designed for students who want to learn more about the various ethnic groups in the U.S. through analysis of various literary works. In addition, the course will focus on how various ethnic groups have felt the impact of other cultures, especially the Euro-centric, in the economic, educational, historical, religious and social areas. This course will also show how certain themes, such as the family, cultural heritage, community assimilation, and the spiritual are reflected in the selected literature. (3 lec hrs.)

 

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Hawaiʻi CC General Education Division
Hawaiʻi Community College
200 W. Kawili St. Hilo, HI 96720 4091

Attn: Lou Zitnik
Office number: (808) 934-2576
Division office: (808) 934-2580
Email: zitnik@hawaii.edu