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Advanced Speaking and Writing

Advanced Writing and Speaking Digital Badge

Advanced Speaking and Writing

Earners of this microcredential will develop advanced skills in speaking and writing that can be applied to professional, civil, and academic contexts. This microcredential will be of interest to students pursuing careers in fields that demand the effective presentation of ideas and high levels of communicative competence. Coursework in this microcredential will hone skills in professional and technical speaking and writing, persuasion, and the objective presentation of information.

Admission requirements for application:

  • Matriculation into a Farmingdale State College degree program
  • Completion of EGL 102 with a grade of C or higher
  • Students enrolling in EGL 303 must have completed EGL 102 and a 200 level or higher WID course, or have approval of the English and Humanities department chair 
  • Completion of the Microcredential Application on Etrieve

For Non-matriculated students:

Requirements to achieve the microcredential:

To achieve the Advanced Writing and Speaking microcredential, participants will need to be enrolled at FSC and successfully complete a four-course sequence (SPE 330, EGL 303, EGL 310, and SPE 331 OR EGL 201).

Stackable to:

Science, Technology, and Society B.S.
Professional Communications, B.S.

Time to complete:

4 semesters

Cost to attend:

Standard tuition rates apply. For tuition and student consumer information, please click here.


Contact Information

English and Humanities

Knapp Hall, 13

Students must complete the following courses:

Basic Coursework (4 courses, 12 credits)
SPE 330: Professional and Technical Speech 3 credits
EGL 303: Writing for the 21st Century 3 credits
EGL 310: Technical Writing 3 credits
SPE 331: Advanced Oral Communication OR EGL 301: Advanced Grammar and Vocabulary 3 credits

SPE 330 Professional and Technical Speech

A course designed to prepare students to develop and deliver oral presentations in a professional, business, scientific, or technical context, stressing methods of presenting information specific to students’ disciplines. Students use audio-visual materials or technology to enhance their presentations. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102

EGL 303 Writing for the 21st Century

Writing for the 21st Century explores the many modes of expression that are available to writers, speakers, and thinkers, including auditory, visual, gestural, and spatial acts of communication. A central goal of this course is to make deliberate use of these modes and design choices in relationship to specific purposes and audiences. To do so, students will critically analyze the ways these varied modes are employed, as well as produce texts that deploy these for specific contexts, audiences, and situations in order to effectively inform, persuade, and communicate. After completing this course, students should feel confident in their ability to transfer information using twenty-first century technology and possess skills that will assist in their future academic and professional lives. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 and 200-Level or higher Writing Intensive Course with a grade of C or higher.

EGL 310 Technical Writing

A detailed study of the fundamentals of writing technical reports and other technical communications. Topics emphasized include the elements of a technical report, the interpretation of statistics and data, and the composition of letters, memos, and informal reports containing technical information. Assignments and student exercises are drawn from the student's technical area. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 with a grade of C or higher

SPE 331 Advanced Oral Communications

This course is designed to develop effective and professional communication in the areas of communication theory, advanced presentation skills, and voice and diction. A major component of the course provides students with a personalized voice and diction diagnostic profile which informs each student of specific speech characteristics they present that deviate from Standard Eastern Dialect. Particular attention is given to New York Regional Dialect and foreign accent reduction. The course also introduces various theoretical systems of communication. There is a strong focus on the development and effective application of presentational skills in both public and group/team environments with an emphasis on professional settings. All aspects of the course contain written components which include student readings and reports as well as comprehensive speech outlines. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102

EGL 301 Advanced Grammar and Vocabulary

Students will master a study of descriptive and prescriptive English grammar and will become familiar with concepts of linguistics and semiology. Students will expand their vocabulary by learning the use of a broad range of words and by understanding their etymological roots, their appropriateness to situation and audience, and their function in smooth syntax. Students will develop skills leading to the use of precise, concise prose style. Mastery of grammar, vocabulary and style is essential to professional-level reading, writing, speaking, listening, and editing. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 with a grade of C or higher

Last Modified 2/21/24