1.Develop critical thinking skills and a desire to express ideas through writing. 2.Develop sentence-level writing skills. 3.Develop the ability to give reasons and examples to support ideas. 4.Develop the ability to write a variety of well-organized paragraphs. 5.Develop the ability to recognize and correct writing errors. 6.Develop the ability to write academic essays using rhetorical structures such as cause/ effect, comparison/ contrast, and argumentation. 7.Develop an understanding of the writing process and the importance of avoiding plagiarism.
This course is designed to give English majors a strong foundation in writing by developing students' ability to express ideas in English using accurate and sophisticated English. Students will practice their sentence-level and paragraph writing skills and then learn how to plan, draft, revise, and edit a source-based academic essay. Students will practice both descriptive and argumentative writing. Students are expected to develop the ability to assess and edit their own work and to become independent writers with a sense of ownership of their work. Writing will be based on students' personal experiences as well as a variety of texts from this course and other required 2nd year courses.
Oshima, Alice ＆ Ann Hogue (2006). Writing Academic English. Pearson Longman.
Regular class attendance is required. All deadlines must be met.
Attendance, participation, writing assignments, and reflections.
１．Overview of the composition course, diagnostic writing, and self-assessment ２．Paragraph structure: Topic sentence (Chapter 1) ３．Paragraph structure: Supporting sentences (Chapter 1) ４．Unity and coherence (Chapter 2) ５．Writing about your experience (Giving and helping) ６．Introduction to source-based writing (Chapter 3) ７．Writing a book review (Giving and helping) ８．Introduction to essay writing (1) (Chapter 4) ９．Introduction to essay writing (2)(Chapter 4) 10．Cause/ Effect Essay (Chapter 6): Understanding your assignment/ Planning the process 11．Cause/ Effect Essay: Developing a thesis statement and outline 12．Cause/ Effect Essay: Outlines (Peer review) 13．Cause/ Effect Essay: Drafts (Peer review) 14．Cause/ Effect Essay: Revising and editing 15．Reflection on Term 1: Portfolio and self-asessment 16．Share summer homework assignment (Comparison/ Contrast Essay), Goal setting for Term 2 17．Introduction to Argumentative Essays (Chapter 9), Finding a topic (Technology and communication/ Advertising) 18．Argumentative Essay: Finding sources (Library orientation) 19．Argumentative Essay: Taking notes from sources (Using sources, paraphrasing, summarizing)(Chapters 3 ＆ 8) 20．Argumentative Essay: Connecting texts 21．Argumentative Essay: Developing your thesis statement and outline 22．Argumentative Essay: Outlines 23．Argumentative Essay: Drafting 24．Argumentative Essay: Documentation of sources (Appendix E), introductions and conclusions (Chapter 4) 25．Argumentative Essay: Revising and editing 26．Argumentative Essay: Self-editing for accuracy 27．Research project 28．Research project 29．Research project 30．Reflection on Term 2: Portfolio and self-asessment
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