English Topics is designed to help students meet basic college entrance requirements. This program integrates and reinforces the standard developmental English curriculum – reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary building, and grammar skills – to prepare student for credit-bearing courses at a college level.
English Topics provides a series of English competencies for students to select from based on their needs or students may take a pre-test to determine if they would best be served by taking the entire course or only the second segment of the course. Students may enroll in individual competencies or earn English elective credit by completing one or both segments of the course. English Topics is not a replacement for English 1, English 2, English 3 or English 4, which satisfy graduation requirements.
Students work with a certified VLACS English teacher throughout the course. The teacher coaches the student through the course by completing a Welcome Call at the beginning of the course, monitoring student progress, providing feedback on written work, identifying areas of struggle, meeting regularly with the student, and completing monthly calls with the student and parent.
There are many features in NROC Developmental English that support English Language Learners (ELL).