ESL 125 - Introduction to Academic Writing
Introduction to academic writing for non-native students at the low-advanced level, with a focus on paragraph writing. Understanding of paragraph structure and process of paragraph writing. Practice in writing a variety of common rhetorical paragraph modes. Understanding of and practice in prewriting techniques, sentence types, mechanics, and American writing conventions. Introduction to essay writing.
Prerequisites: ESL 113 English as a Second Language Grammar 3, ESL 114 English as a Second Language Speaking & Listening 3, ESL 115 English as a Second Language Reading and Writing 3, or Chairperson approval
Corequisite: SPK 095 Academic Speaking and Listening for Non-Native Speakers, or Chairperson approval
4 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Use correct paragraph format when preparing an assignment.
2. Use the four main steps of the writing process, namely prewriting, organizing, writing, and polishing in their writing.
3. Develop ideas for a paragraph using prewriting techniques such as listing, freewriting, clustering, and outlining and apply these strategies in various writing tasks.
4. Identify the three components of a paragraph: the topic sentence, supporting sentences, and the concluding sentence.
5. Write unified and coherent paragraph compositions with a topic sentence, supporting sentences, and the concluding sentence.
6. Recognize and use various rhetorical modes: narrative, descriptive, logical division of ideas, process, and comparison-contrast.
7. Correctly identify and effectively write various sentence types (simple, compound, complex, and mixed) in their compositions.
8. Identify and correct common sentence errors such as fragments, run-ons, comma splices, and faulty parallelism.
9. Correctly use the conventions of American academic writing, including indentation, margins, titles, spacing, capitalization, and punctuation.
10. Revise their own texts by themselves and with a peer editor for content, organization, and clarity. Give constructive feedback to peers about their writing.
11. Detect and correct grammar, spelling, and mechanics errors in advanced texts and in their own work.
12. Identify the three components of an essay: the introductory paragraph, body paragraphs, and the concluding paragraph. Write a coherent short essay with at least five paragraphs.
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