NYSCAS: New York School of Career and Applied Studies

Languages and Communications


The Division of Languages and Communication consists of the Department of Languages and
Literatures and the Department of Speech and Communication. The primary aim of the Division is to
teach careful reading, precise writing, effective speaking and critical thinking — skills that are
essential to the comprehension and communication of ideas.

FACULTY

Languages and Literature

F. Harel, Chair; W. Lewis, Deputy Chair

DEVELOPMENTAL ENGLISH

Developmental English courses are designed for entering students who evidence a need for intensive
work in English language arts and skills. Courses are offered for both native and non-native
speakers. Students continue to the next level in the sequence after passing a departmental
competency exam. Developmental courses may be repeated only once.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

ESL courses provide extensive work in English Language skills such as vocabulary, grammar, and
sentence structure. By the end of the sequence, students will be able to write five-paragraph
essays.

E007.1 Essentials of Effective Reading & Writing (Fall, Spring)
Placement by examination. 8 hours. 0 credits

E007.2 Essentials of Effective Reading & Writing (Fall, Spring)
Prerequisite: E007.1 or placement by examination. 8 hours. 0 credits

E007.3 Essentials of Effective Reading & Writing (Fall, Spring)
Prerequisite: E007.2 or placement by examination. 8 hours. 0 credits


GLL 111 Introduction to College Writing (Fall, Spring)
Intensive post-developmental reading and writing, leading to confidence and proficiency in the
composition of five-paragraph essays.
Prerequisite: E007.3 or placement by examination. 4 credits
Co-requisite: GLL 103 or exemption.
If no course section of GLL 111 is available, students may enroll in GLL 110.

DEVELOPMENTAL ENGLISH FOR NATIVE SPEAKERS

Developmental English strengthens writing and critical thinking abilities, thereby preparing
students for the College Writing Sequence and courses in other academic disciplines.

GLL 007 Essentials of Effective Reading & Writing (Fall, Spring)

Intensive review of basic vocabulary, sentence structure, usage, and reading comprehension, with
emphasis on the writing of individual coherent paragraphs.
Placement by examination. 8 hours. 0 credits

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

The College provides a variety of courses that teaches core skills and provides an educational
foundation to help students achieve academic success.

 

GLL 103 Critical Reading and Thinking in Ethnic Studies (Fall, Spring)
This course will teach entering students critical reading and analytical skills to create a solid foundation for their required and elective courses. Through selection by members of diverse ethnic groups in the United States, the course focuses on the application of reading comprehension and critical thinking skills necessary to understand college texts across the curriculum. 3 credits
Fulfills the Ethnic Studies requirement.

 

COLLEGE WRITING SEQUENCE

The writing sequence prepares students to communicate clearly by teaching a wide variety of
rhetorical strategies.

GLL 110 Introduction to College Writing (Fall, Spring)
Intensive post-developmental reading and writing, leading to confidence and proficiency in the
composition of five-paragraph essays.
Prerequisite: GLL 007 or placement by examination. Corequisite: GLL 103 or exemption 4 credits

GLL 111 Introduction to College Writing (Fall, Spring) (see ESL listings)

GLL 121 College Writing I (Fall, Spring)
Extensive practice in expository writing, with emphasis on the composition of a 3-5 page research
paper in MLA format.
Prerequisite: GLL 110 or placement. 4 credits

GLL 122 College Writing II (Fall, Spring)
Continued practice in expository writing. The capstone project is a 5-7 page research paper in APA
format.
Prerequisite: GLL 121 or placement 4 credits

GLL 124 Report Writing (Upon Request)
Extensive study of writing clear, accurate and persuasive reports. Emphasis on research,
organization and presentation of information.
Prerequisite: GLL 122. 2 credits

GLL 221 Expository Writing (Annual)
Students develop the ability to write objective reports by studying examples from journals and
newspapers.
Prerequisite: GLL 122. 3 credits

GLL 222 Creative Writing (Annual)
Students develop various creative writing techniques by studying examples drawn from American
and English literature.
Prerequisite: GLL 122. 3 credits

LITERATURE

Literature courses have long been the cornerstone of a liberal arts education. Students will enjoy the
excitement of reading and discussing a variety of texts while learning about culture, history, and
human life.

GLL 202 Introduction to American Literature (Fall, Spring)
A survey of nineteenth and twentieth century American writers. Readings from such authors as
Hawthorne, Thoreau, Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, Hemingway, Faulkner, Mailer, Bellow, and
Malamud.
Prerequisite: GLL 122. 3 credits

GLL 203 Literature of the Ancient World (Upon Request)
The course covers the literature of the ancient world from the beginning of recorded times through
the rise of Christianity. Readings in literature include the Scriptures as well as works by such
classical writers as Homer, Aeschylus, Plato, Sophocles, Euripides, Virgil, and Ovid.
Prerequisite: GLL 122. 3 credits

GLL 204 Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Upon Request)
The course covers the literature from the medieval period through the Renaissance. Readings in
literature include major writers such as Dante, Chaucer, Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Milton.
Prerequisite: GLL 122. 3 credits

GLL 205 Emergence of Modern Literature (Fall, Spring)
The course will cover the literature from the French Revolution to the present. Readings in literature
include major writers such as Rousseau, Blake, Jefferson, Wordsworth, Whitman, Ibsen, Gabriel
Garcia Marquez, and Baldwin.
Prerequisite: GLL 122. 3 credits

GLL 210 Introduction to Fiction (Fall, Spring)
Major narrative traditions in literature from Homeric epics to twentieth century novels.
Prerequisite: GLL 122. 3 credits

GLL 211 Modern Drama (Upon Request)
Plays by Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, Shaw, Brecht, Pirandello, et al.
Prerequisite: GLL 122. 3 credits

GLL 215 Introduction to Poetry (Fall, Spring)
A survey of poetry from medieval European lyrics to contemporary American verse, this course
offers an overview of basic poetic techniques and structures.
Prerequisite: GLL 122. 3 credits

GLL 232 Multicultural American Literature (Annual)
The canon of American literature is vastly changing with the growing interest of scholars and
intellectuals in the literature of multicultural writers. This course focuses on these emerging works,
emphasizing their impact on American literature, our culture, and ourselves.
Prerequisite: GLL 122. 3 credits

GLL 233 Literature of the Third World (Annual)
Major twentieth-century writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia) and Wole Soyinka
(Nigeria) whose works both sustain and criticize the European literary tradition, and whose themes
include the emergence of national identity and the equality of women.
Prerequisite: GLL 122. 3 credits

GLL 235 20th Century Women’s Writings (Annual)
An exploration of 20th century women’s writing with emphasis on the transcending feminist voices
within these texts. Areas of focus will include: the radical, as well as the more subtle feminist voice;
autobiographical women’s writing; the search for selfhood; the lesbian feminist voice, etc.
Prerequisite: GLL 122. 3 credits

GLL 237 African-American Literature (Fall, Spring)
Works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama written by Americans partly or entirely of African
descent, from the 1700s to the present. Special emphasis is placed on often undervalued writings that
have provided a foundation for a people devising a practical way of surviving physical and psychic
adversity and forging a cultural identity of their own.
Prerequisite: GLL 122. 3 credits

GLL 310 Literature of Survival (Annual)
The course will focus on how reading and writing can prove to be empowering and life sustaining.
Topics include defining literature of survival and exploring one’s identity.
Prerequisite: GLL 122. 3 credits

GLL 316 Women in Fiction (Fall, Spring)
A study of various authors (including Aristophanes, Shakespeare, and Ibsen) who portray efforts by
women to affirm their individuality and humanity in cultures dominated by men.
Prerequisite: GLL 122. 3 credits

GLL 317 Shakespeare (Upon Request)
The entire range of Shakespeare’s dramatic art from tragedy and comedy to history and romance; a
study of the themes around which Shakespeare constructed his dramatic situations as well as of the
conventions of Elizabethan theater.
Prerequisite: GLL 122. 3 credits

GLL 400 Topics In Languages and Literature (Upon Request)
See department Chair for course title and description.
Prerequisite: GLL 122. May be repeated for credit. 1-4 credits
GLL 481/482 Independent Study (Upon Request)
Prerequisite: Department and Dean’s permission. 3 credits

LANGUAGES

In an increasingly shrinking world, it is more important than ever to be able to communicate in a
global economy. The study of another language can provide students with the skills and knowledge
necessary for effective communication in both their personal and professional lives.

SPANISH FOR NATIVE SPANISH SPEAKERS

GLL 137 Spanish for Native Speakers I (Annual)
This course is designed for students whose first language is Spanish. Through guided compositions,
intensive drills, and structured presentation of grammar essentials, the student is expected to become
aware of and master oral and written communication in Spanish. 3 credits

GLL 138 Spanish Workshop I (Annual)
Corequisite: GLL 137. 1 credit

GLL 139 Spanish for Native Speakers II (Annual)
This course is designed to enable the student already familiar with basic Spanish grammar to express
himself/herself in Spanish in a coherent and organized manner. The focus of the course is on the
development of writing and analytic skills.
Prerequisite: GLL 137 or permission of instructor. 3 credits

GLL 140 Spanish Workshop II (Annual)
Corequisite: GLL 139. 1 credit

SPANISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

GLL 141, 142 Spanish I, II (Fall, Spring)
The essentials of Spanish syntax, vocabulary, and pronunciation. 3 credits each

GLL 144, 145 Spanish Workshop I, II (Fall, Spring)
Corequisites: GLL 141 and 142 respectively. 1 credit each

SIGN LANGUAGE

GLL 223 Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL)(Annual)
Students will learn the basics of ASL: signs, grammar, finger spelling, vocabulary, use of facial
expression and body language to convey meaning. 3 credits

GLL 224 Intermediate American Sign Language (ASL)(Annual)
Students will continue to develop proficiency in ASL.
Prerequisite: GLL 223. 3 credits

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