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Developmental English Redesign

What is Developmental English Redesign?

Developmental English Redesign refers to a change that will be implemented through the Virginia Community College system (VCCS) effective spring 2013 semester. The developmental English classes traditionally taught at RCC, ENG 01 and ENG 03 Preparation for College Writing I and II, and ENG 04 and ENG 05 Preparation for College Reading I and II will be discontinued.

These classes will be replaced by three new courses that combine reading and writing instruction instead of teaching these subjects separately.  These courses will contain the reading and writing objectives and concepts needed by students in order to be prepared for college level English , science, and other courses. The new English courses will be identified as ENF, which stands for English Fundamentals, below are course descriptions and credit hours for the new courses. These are developmental credits and do not count toward completion of a college program.


Students who took ENG 01, 03, 04, 05, or 08 during the Fall 2012 semester should see their developmental English course instructor OR their academic advisor OR a counselor regarding the appropriate course to take for the Spring 2013 semester.

  • New students who take the VPT English placement test beginning in October 2012: New placement test results will determine whether students need to take a developmental English (ENF) course. Students with BSK, ENF 1, or ENF 2 placements must satisfy these developmental requirements before registering for ENG 111.
  • New students who were placed by COMPASS tests (before October 2012) but HAVE NOT attempted to fulfill developmental requirements: Students who havenot attempted ENG 01, 04, or 05 during or before Fall Semester 2012 may choose to take the new VPT-English test or may follow the table below.
  • Current/returning students who were placed by COMPASS who HAVE attempted to fulfill developmental requirements: Students who have taken or attempted ENG 01, 04, or 05 during or before Fall Semester 2012 will not need to take the new placement test. They will transition to the new ENF courses according to the table below.

English Fundamentals Course Descriptions:

ENF 1: PREPARING FOR COLLEGE ENGLISH I (8 CREDITS)

Provides integrated reading and writing instruction for students who require extensive preparation to succeed in college-level English courses. Students will place into this course based on VPT-English (Virginia Placement Test-English). Upon successful completion and faculty recommendation, students will move into ENF 3 (if they require additional preparation) or into college-level English (if they require no additional preparation).

ENF 2: PREPARING FOR COLLEGE ENGLISH II (4 CREDITS)

Provides integrated reading and writing instruction for students who require intermediate preparation to succeed in college-level English courses. Students will place into this course based on VPT-English (Virginia Placement Test-English). Upon successful completion and faculty recommendation, students will move into ENF 3 (if they require additional preparation) or into college-level English (if they require no additional preparation).

ENF 3: PREPARING FOR COLLEGE ENGLISH III (2 CREDITS)

Provides integrated reading and writing instruction for students who require minimal preparation for college-level English but still need some preparation to succeed. Students in this course will be coenrolled in college-level English. Students will place into this course based on VPT-English (Virginia Placement Test-English).


Course Pathways

Students start at the course they are placed in by the VPT English and progress up towards either ENG 111 or ENG 111 + ENF 3.

 

Placement Recommendations for Students Who Took the Compass Placement Test But Did Not Take Developmental English by Fall of 2012

COMPASS PLACEMENT (before October 22, 2012) RECOMMENDED ENF COURSE (starting Spring 2012)
ENG 1 only ENF 1
ENG 4 only ENF 1
ENG 3 only ENF 2
ENG 5 only ENF 2
ENG 1 and 4 ENF 1
ENG 1 and 5 ENF 1
ENG 3 and 4 ENF 2
ENG 3 and 5 ENF 2
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