The topics concern areas not commonly stressed in other department courses. 

Instruction in listening and speaking skills needed for academic coursework, such as note taking from lectures, oral presentation and discussion and asking questions. Strategies for improving such skills are developed through a content-based approach, using guest speakers, current events and other material appropriate to academic study.

Instruction in writing skills and processes needed for academic classwork. Includes prewriting, drafting and revising of the essay, vocabulary development and grammar reinforcement. The course focuses on essay and paper writing, and includes a research paper as part of the final requirement. The writing lab is designed to give the student the opportunity to practice writing and complete the class assignments. Computer word processing is included in the lab sessions.