Approved Language Courses

MCJ 5. Basic Editing (3 units) 
Application of basic language skills to media writing and editing. Recommended for all majors who must take an approved English language course and those MCJ students who are required to take an approved language course prior to attempting the Department Qualification Exam a third and final time: course does not substitute for passing DQE.

LING 6 - English Strategies for Multilingual Speakers (3 units) 
Offered cooperatively through the Linguistics and English departments. Typically part of the first-year composition program. "Assists multilingual students with paraphrasing and summarizing while also providing help with English grammar. Addresses the challenges that second-language learners face with academic reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary."

LING 134 - Structure of English (3 units) 
Offered through the Linguistics Department. Only offered in the fall semester. Typically for Linguistics majors. "An introductory survey of the structure of English: sounds, spelling, word formation, and grammar."

Books for self-study

  • "Working with Words: A Handbook for Media Writers and Editors," by Brian S. Brooks, James L. Pinson and Jean Gaddy Wilson. (With exercise workbook.
  • "When Words Collide: A Media Writer's Guide to Grammar and Style," by Lauren Kessler and Duncan McDonald. (With exercise workbook.)
  • "English Simplified," by Blanche Ellsworth and John A. Higgins.