ENG 090 - Basic Language Skills
A writing-workshop course designed to prepare inexperienced writers for the critical thinking and academic writing that are the foundations of English 110. Students learn to write essays that are focused, full, and coherent. Students also learn to edit their writing according to the conventions of standard written English.
Prerequisite: Placement Test
4 Class Hours - 4 Credit-Equivalents
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Identify the act of writing as a multi-stage process that includes composing, revision, editing and proofreading.
2. Complete both informal and formal writing assignments to learn that writing has several purposes: to permit self-expression and self-reflection, to communicate information with others, to enhance learning, to entertain and persuade others. (We expect that students will complete at least 20 pages of formal writing over the course of the semester.)
3. Develop their ability to write purposefully, to articulate that purpose in writing and in conversation with others, and to recognize and articulate the authorial intent grounding a piece of writing.
4. Develop their critical reading skills so as to better identify their own and the academy’s beliefs regarding good writing, and to identify an author’s purpose in writing, and the choices an author has made to achieve that purpose.
5. Develop their critical thinking skills by receiving, evaluating and incorporating into their written work alternative perspectives on their writing and its contents.
6. Develop their understanding of the collaborative nature of writing by learning how to provide useful feedback to other writers and how to incorporate feedback from them into their written work.
7. Improve their ability to construct and arrange complete sentences into well-developed and coherent paragraphs. Students will improve in their ability to structure essays, so that logical flow of the essay supports the essay’s main idea.
8. Gain skill in identifying and correcting sentence-level errors that interfere with a reader’s understanding of a text and less significant errors that nevertheless constitute a break with the conventions of standard writing English.
9. Utilize various strategies to edit a text successfuly for major and minor sentence-level errors and proofread successfully for typographical errors.
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