The ACR component of the Department of Academic Literacy and Linguistics provides developmental reading instruction to BMCC students who have taken but not yet passed the CUNY ACT Reading test. Students are placed in the appropriate level of ACR based upon their CUNY ACT Reading scores.
There are two levels:
- This introductory college level reading course emphasizes improved reading comprehension through the practice of literal, inferential and critical reading skills, vocabulary development, writing, flexible reading rates, and study skills. A variety of materials is used to enrich students??A? basic understanding of reading.
- This advanced reading course is designed to help students master a full range of college-level reading and related skills, including critical comprehension, vocabulary, writing, flexible rates of reading, and study strategies. A variety of college-level materials is used.
There are currently 24 full-time ACR faculty members, 27 ACR adjuncts, and five full-time substitutes.
In a given semester, there are typically between 1,300 and 1,800 students registered in ACR courses at BMCC. Our students include both native English speakers and ESL students, and the classes include a wide range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. This diversity enriches both the college and classroom discussion.
The Reading Lab is dedicated to serving the needs of students enrolled in ACR courses. Located on the 5th floor (S510), the lab provides ACR students with convenient access to computers and the internet. The resources include educational software and websites with practice tests. The Lab also provides tutoring and other reading materials.