This module focuses upon the essay as a vital practice and a form that is literary.

This module focuses upon the essay as a vital practice and a form that is literary.

Module Overview

The essay is fundamental to literary criticism, and basic to assessment across your degree. But the essay is also a literary and popular-cultural genre in its own right, a form that marks the invention of the individual together with compulsion to, as Virginia Woolf puts it, During the span of this module, you may both hone your own personal skills as literary writers writing about and weigh up the historical and thematic proportions of the essay as a form. You will definitely explore the eccentricities and paradoxes of essay-writing across history, through culture, from the origins into the century that is sixteenth popular journalism andin our personal time. In doing so, you are going to look closely at choices of writing style, rhetoric, evidence, and which can be fundamental to succeeding in and enjoying our discipline, and to our work as critical readers and individual writers.

Module Details

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of the module are to: • develop your own writing and enjoyment of writing; • assess various strategies for constructing arguments; • locate and evaluate primary and research material that is secondary.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Better build your thoughts through the writing process;
  • Appreciate different contexts and purposes for writing
  • Use independent and self-reflective critical judgement

The module will introduce students to principles of rhetoric, composition and discourse as they relate to their writing that is own and reading literary texts. It will build relationships a range of texts, including classical and historical texts on rhetoric, historical and contemporary essays.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module weekly allocation of two teaching that is one-hour will likely be used flexibly for lectures, seminar and small group discussions. A variety of formative and summative writing exercises will soon be used, with a few micro-writing exercises and peer assessment exercises taking place in class times. A Learning is included by this module Support Hour. This is certainly a flexible contact that is weekly, made to support and respond to the specific cohort taking the module from year to year. This hour should include (but not be limited to) activities such as for instance language, theory and research skills classes; group work supervisions; assignment preparation and essay writing guidance; assignment consultations; feedback and feed-forward sessions.

Costs associated with this module

Students have the effect of meeting the expense of essential textbooks, and of producing essays that are such assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

Along with this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment
Academic Support


Dates marked with an asterisk (*) are scheduled when it comes to South County Center in Great Barrington; those sessions marked with two asterisks (**) will be held at McCann Tech in North Adams. All the sessions will likely to be held on BCC's Main Campus within the Testing Center, Room K-213.

College Level Reading and Writing:

A 2.7 cumulative senior school GPA will place the student in college level reading and writing, and that student will likely not need the Accuplacer for Reading and Writing.

Any GPA below 2.7 will still require the Accuplacer for Reading and Writing.

Students are strongly encouraged to create a consultation when it comes to session that is earliest that they are able to attend. Practicing before you arrived at take the Accuplacer is a good idea.

have the FREE Accuplacer study app!

After registering, check to verify that you see the words Next Generation Practice tests at the top of the screen. If not, click on the change version arrow. Reviewing the Reading Comprehension in addition to math subtests would be useful before making your appointment to check. Even though Study App will not preview the WritePlacer part of the test, you're going to be needed to write an essay within the assessment.

How exactly to Register

To register, please call 413-236-1655 or email the Assessment & Testing Center at

Us, please provide your full name, date of birth, and telephone number if you choose to email. Please write to us if you have got taken the Accuplacer previously.

Notice: Students are required to bring a photograph ID with their test session. Those without a picture ID must call in advance of their test session to prepare an acceptable substitute.

Accuplacer® Available Test Dates & Times

The Accuplacer tests have been updated to higher measure the skills incoming college students need certainly to succeed.


A student must first purchase an exam voucher at the CLEP website in order to schedule an appointment for a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam. Double-check that you're seeking the correct exam prior to making your payment. Once you save its number to your admission tickets, call the Assessment & Testing Center at 413-236-1655 to create your appointment for starters of this dates given below.

Please be advised you make on the website that you will need to pay a test administration fee of $30.00 to Berkshire Community College on the day of your exam; this fee is not included in the payment. This fee might be paid by check, cash, or money order only. We are an open test center, serving both our students and the ones from the greater community.

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