- Eng 8 -- Reading and Writing Basics
- English 19 -- Writing Essentials--
- English 22 -- Introduction to Composition --
- English 100 -- Composition 1 (aka Freshmen comp) --
- English 200 -- Composition 2 (Advanced comp) --
In my 20 years at my college, I've taught Levels 1, 3, and 4. On more than one occasion, I've commented to colleagues that I'd be hard-pressed to differentiate between Level 1 (which I've taught regularly for the past 7 to 8 years) and Level 2 (which I've never taught).
Some of my colleagues are of the mind that Level 1 writing (Eng 8) should focus on sentence- and paragraph-level writing. Many texts, which are geared toward Basic Writers, adhere to this sentence land paragraph level ilk.
What's been happening is that in Level 1, I have students in my classes write essays. Yes, we deal with sentence and paragraph issues, but we write essays--five of them, plus an in-class essay which they have 30 minutes to produce (this is a final exam and we practice a lot prior).
What's also been happening is that some of my colleagues who teach Level 2 are assigning only paragraph-length assignments. No essays to speak of. There's something amiss with that. Obviously, we'e got to get our "stuff" together in our department
I've had some of my former students tell me that Level 2 writing was "easier" and less-demanding than Level 1. While that's not necessarily a discrepancy, it may point to some reconciliation needed. We'll see.