Course Description: The purpose of this course is to help students “write effectively and confidently in their college courses across the curriculum and in their professional and personal lives.” The course is organized according to the requirements and guidelines of the current AP English Course Description, and, therefore, students are expected to read critically, think analytically, and communicate clearly both in writing and in speech. Moreover, the purpose of this course is to help students understand how language has shaped their world and how to use language to re-shape it in the ways they see necessary.
Prerequisites: Students should have: an average class grade in English of 80, a previous English teacher’s recommendation, strong attendance rate of 95% or better, good social and academic standing and an English Regents grade of 85% or higher. Only serious scholars who love reading all kinds of literature and desire to write on a college level should apply
Expected Coursework: AP English Language and Composition is a college-level course examining rhetoric as “the art of finding and analyzing all the choices that a writer, speaker, reader, or listener might make in a situation so that the text becomes meaningful, purposeful, and effective for readers or listeners, and examining the specific features of texts, written or spoken, that cause them to be meaningful, purposeful, and effective for readers or listeners in a situation” Therefore, students will become sophisticated consumers and creators of a variety of texts.