Students in this lower intermediate reading and writing course review main idea, topic sentences, and supporting ideas. Emphasis is placed on devel-oping a variety of critical thinking skills in reading comprehension. Students write personal narratives, practice grammar structures and develop new vocabulary. They refine writing arguments in support or against a particular point of view. Placement is determined through the COMPASS English as a Second Language (ESL) test along with other placement assessments or teacher recommendation; for continuing students, successful completion of Reading & Writing 2 is a prerequisite.