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Courses Offered Through The CAS

ENGLISH As A SECOND LANGUAGE - Please check the Web for Students for schedules and course descriptions.
Convener: Dr. Frances Shapiro-Skrobe, Professor of English
ESL: Intermediate Reading
ESL: Intermediate Writing and Grammar
ESL: Advanced Reading
ESL: Advanced Writing


Students for whom English is a second language are administered an ESL placement test to be placed in the appropriate level ESL courses. (See courses listings above.) Students also receive individual and small-group tutoring in reading, writing, and conversation. Upon completion of the Advanced level ESL courses, students are administered an exit exam and are placed in, or waived out of, appropriate developmental reading and writing courses. (See course listings below.) Students successfully completing this sequence are encouraged to continue seeking assistance in the CAS, and faculty, particularly in WI courses, may require students to attend tutoring sessions. Transfer students and those who test out of the ESL program are also encouraged to avail themselves of the CAS’s services.

DEVELOPMENTAL MATHEMATICS - Please check the Web for Students for schedules and course descriptions.
Convener: Dr. Gabriella Wepner, Professor of Mathematics
Basic Math
Transitional Mathematics
Elementary Algebra Topics
Elementary Algebra

DEVELOPMENTAL READING - Please check the Web for Students for schedules and course descriptions.
Convener: Dr. Ellen Kaiden, Professor of Reading and Education
Reading Workshop
Basic Reading/Basic Reading Lab
Developmental Reading
College Reading and Study Skills

DEVELOPMENTAL WRITING - Please check the Web for Students for schedules and course descriptions.
Coordinator: Ramon Reyes
Writing Workshop
Basic Writing
Developmental Writing

THE WRITING CENTER - Please check the Web for Students for schedules and course descriptions.
The Writing Center provides the main support for the WAC program and WI courses. It also offers assistance for all courses in the College. Among the activities of the Writing Center, tutors and staff offer workshops on the writing process-- prewriting, revising and editing; writing the thesis; gathering research material to support the thesis; evaluating Internet and other sources of information; interpreting and explaining graphs, charts, tables and other material for written and oral presentation, and other topics as needed. The Writing Center provides individual and group tutorials, classroom tutoring, classroom assistance, electronic paper conferencing, the Help-Line and other electronic outreach services.

MATH SUPPORT - Please check the Web for Students for schedules and course descriptions.
Coordinator: Sara Kuplinsky
Among the services of the CAS, the math support component provides the following:
1) peer and professional tutoring;
2) group tutoring and workshops coordinated by the professional tutors;
3) inter-semester course preparation workshops, based on students’ needs;
4) computation and algebra review sheets on-line, with problems for placement and placement verification testing;
5) assistance to students with general mathematics problems.

READING - Please check the Web for Students for schedules and course descriptions.
Among the services the CAS offers to assist students with their reading are the following:
1) note-taking, test-taking and study skills;
2) reading comprehension;
3) note-taking from readings;
4) summary/paraphrase/abstract/précis writing;
5) establishing relationships and contrasts among several readings;
6) critical and analytical thinking;
7) vocabulary building assistance.
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