Integrated Reading and Writing Department

About Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW)

This course is a performance-based course designed to develop students’ critical reading and academic writing skills. The focus of the course will be on applying critical reading skills for organizing, analyzing, and retaining material and developing written work appropriate to the audience, purpose, situation, and length of the assignment. The course integrates complementary reading and writing assignments with special emphasis given to reasoning and responding to issues arising from class readings.  This course is designed to prepare students for college-level reading and writing intensive courses including ENGL 1301.  Students will learn to write effective, logical essays, utilizing textual support to develop reading comprehension strategies and to analyze, synthesize and make value judgments using critical thinking. Lab required. The course fulfills TSI requirements for reading and writing.  Students who successfully complete thus this course will qualify to take ENGL 1301.

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Prerequisite for INRW 0420 - Placement based on scores from TSI Assessment

INRW 0420 310-350 NA 340-390 NA 4
*INRW 0420 342-350 NA 340-390 NA 4
*INRW 342-390 NA 363-390 NA 0-3

ABERD:  Adult Basic Education Reading Diagnostic

ABEWD:  Adult Basic Education Writing Diagnostic

Mission Statement

The mission of HCC’s INRW Department is to prepare students for college-level reading and writing intensive courses by developing and integrating essential reading and writing skills necessary to become independent learners.

INRW Program Statement of Purpose

The Integrated Reading and Writing Program at Houston Community College provides opportunities for students to refresh and advance their reading and writing skills in order to maximize their ability to perform in college-level courses. The program offers courses for both native and non-native students who demonstrate a need to develop the critical reading and writing skills that will be required throughout their college careers and beyond by the TSI assessment.  These courses focus on key reading and writing skills with an emphasis on reading comprehension, composition, and critical reading and analysis of a variety of texts.

Program Goals

The goal is to prepare students for college-level courses such as Freshman Composition, History, Government, Psychology, and other freshman college courses. Upon completion of the INRW program, students will be able to do the following:


Locate explicit textual information, draw complex inferences, and describe, analyze, and evaluate the information within and across multiple texts of varying lengths.


Comprehend and use vocabulary effectively in oral communication, reading, and writing.


Identify and analyze the audience, purpose, and message across a variety of texts.


Describe and apply insights gained from reading and writing a variety of texts.


Compose a variety of texts that demonstrate reading comprehension, clear focus, logical development of ideas, and use of appropriate language that advance the writer’s purpose.


Determine and use effective approaches and rhetorical strategies for given reading and writing situations.


Generate ideas and gather information relevant to the topic and purpose, incorporating the ideas and words of other writers in student writing using established strategies.


Evaluate relevance and quality of ideas and information in recognizing, formulating, and developing a claim.


Develop and use effective reading and revision strategies to strengthen the writer’s ability to compose college-level writing assignments.


Recognize and apply the conventions of Standard English in reading and writing.

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