This course will provide a review of reading and writing for students who need to strengthen their backgrounds in English before taking university level courses requiring university level reading and writing. It establishes a foundation for success in subsequent university level courses. Students begin with close reading exercises that are followed by writing paragraph-length essays. Students’ literacy levels will increase; students will also learn to use strategies in the writing process as well as other strategies for self-regulation. Grammar instruction will be both contextual and localized: students will be complete a writing diagnostic and explicit grammar instruction will be in response to the errors of the class’s diagnostic essays. Grammar will be assessed from student writing.