PreCollege Reading/English

There are three levels of Developmental Reading and English (DRE) courses, each lasting eight weeks.  They include DRE 096, DRE 097, and DRE 098.  A student may have to complete all three or only one or two levels. The college entrance exam, Accuplacer, or a combination of previous pre-college courses that a student has received credit for determines where a student is placed. 

DRE courses are pre-college courses designed to improve basic reading and writing skills which will help a student be successful in curriculum courses.  Each level has its own description and Lexile reading levels as follows:

DRE SequenceDRE 096

This course develops proficiency in specific integrated and contextualized reading and writing skills and strategies. Topics include reading and writing processes, critical thinking strategies, and recognition and composition of well-developed, coherent, and unified texts; these topics are primarily taught at the introductory level using text primarily in the Lexile range of 860-1010.  Upon completion, students should be able to apply those skills toward understanding a variety of academic and career-related texts and composing effective paragraphs.

DRE 097

 This course develops proficiency in specific integrated and contextualized reading and writing skills and strategies. Topics include reading and writing processes, critical thinking strategies, and recognition and composition of well-developed, coherent, and unified texts; except where noted, these topics are taught at a reinforcement level using texts primarily in the Lexile range of 1070-1220.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate and apply those skills toward understanding a variety of academic and career-related texts and composing essays incorporating relevant, valid evidence.

DRE 098

This course develops proficiency in integrated and contextualized reading and writing skills and strategies.  Topics include reading and writing processes, critical thinking strategies, and recognition and composition of well-developed, coherent, and unified texts; except where noted, these topics are taught using texts primarily in the Lexile range of 1185-1385 in order to prepare students to be career and college ready.  Upon completion, students should be able to apply those skills toward understanding a variety of texts at the career and college ready level and toward composing a documented essay. 

Being Successful in DRE courses

In order for students to be successful in DRE courses, students must spend eighty percent of the class time in class.  No more than eight hours should be missed and students should understand the importance of missing as little of those eight hours as possible.  Weekly online MyLabsPlus activities must be completed during lab time within the classroom, and students should be prepared to submit well written writing assignments that are clear, concise, and coherent.  Communication with instructors through e-mails, phones, and office hours is essential, and when an intervention is assigned to a student to help the student pass the course, the student receiving the intervention should complete that intervention.