Welcome and thank you for visiting. This site is intended to serve as a resource for current and prospective students, faculty, and the community. We hope you will find all the information you need within these pages, but if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the department directly.
The Composition and Literature Program provides instruction to nearly all of over 14,000 students enrolled at Bergen Community College. All matriculated students take at least Composition I, and a great many students take Composition II and Literature courses.
No matter what year, semester or time you take the course, the composition courses will contain certain common features. Faculty may vary from these to reflect their individual teaching styles. A number of faculty have developed their own web sites. These may be helpful to you in making course selections or checking on assignments. Several composition courses are offered on-line every semester.
We help composition students achieve improvement in their their writing style, diagnose difficulties or overcome writing problems. A number of support services are available.The Writing Center is staffed with professional tutors and faculty. You can contact the On-line Writing Lab via e-mail for answers to writing questions.
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“I once had a student who struggled in my EBS class, but did enough to pass. He went on to earn a B in Writing 101 and a B+ in Writing 201. Whenever I saw him, he said that my class was his wake-up call. He realized how much he had to learn, how much work learning took, and dedicated himself to doing it.”
Professor Don Reilly, Chair, English Basic Skills Department
The mission of the Department of English Basic Skills is to prepare our students, with their diverse academic backgrounds, for the demands of college reading and writing, and to provide them with a challenging educational experience that enhances the critical thinking skills necessary for life-long learning.
Based upon the results of the English portion of the basic skills assessment and placement test, a student may be placed in one of four entry level English courses:
Students placed in Developmental Skills I and II or English Skills must enroll in their required course in their first semester at the college.
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