The students will attend and participate in all lessons. They will do required assignments and projects.
This class is an introduction to composition in English to equip students to communicate in written English in upcoming courses and in the world after college. It involves instruction and practice in writing expository prose.
Critical thinking, creative thinking and writing, awareness of audience and purpose, effective organization and development, appropriate style, skillful argumentation, revision, analysis, sentence structure, usage and mechanics.
Understand and effectively practice the writing process (prewriting, writing, self editing, peer editing, and revision.
2. Understand that revising involves rethinking and rewriting, and to learn to make such revisions of one's own writing.
3. Learn to edit one's own writing for organization, style and sentence accuracy.
4. Learn to read critically and respond constructively to peer and published texts.
5. Learn to position one's argument in relation to external sources.
6. Learn to incorporate and cite external sources in one's writing.
7. Learn to write clearly and effectively in impromptu situations
8. Learn to generate effective and correct sentences
1. In-class invention writing workshop: Writing based on personal experience or interest. The student finds a topic, elicits information relating to it, considers the writing purpose and develops ideas.
2. Rhetorical analysis: writing about something the student has read. In-class planning and drafting. Set writing goals and organizing ideas and information. Make sure the ideas are in coherent and in purposeful order. Emphasis on drafting to find appropriate words and select appropriate sentence structure.
3. Methods of organization including opening and closing paragraphs and global structure such as comparison. Essay based on readings. After drafting peer review: question assumptions and decisions in peer writing, not editing.
4. Persuasion. Learning how to persuade and not bully the audience into accepting a point of view. Writing from the initial stages through to the final draft, with emphasis on critical reading of middle drafts and the revising stage.
Discover ways to delete, move, rephrase and add material in order to express ideas more clearly.
The papers will include narration, explaining concepts, taking a position, making evaluations, interpreting stories.
Meetings will integrate lectures, discussions, problem solving, drafting, revising, peer evaluation, reading, analysis, application. Constant use of computers. All essays must be written on computer.
Students will attend all meetings, participate in all discussions and writing activities, and peer reviewing.
Students will do all required assignments and submit them on time
All students will participate in blogs, forums and class glossary.
There will be a final examination which will also be a written paper.
Language quizzes and adding words to glossary (10%)
Papers submitted in first semester (35%)
Papers submitted in second semester (35%)
Final exam paper (20%)