Sep 18, 2020
ENGL 0080 - Basic Writing and Grammar Credits: 4
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: This composition course emphasizes development and enhanced use of English sentences and paragraphs in short writing assignments. Students will study basic grammar, mechanics, and usage. Students will practice writing as a process and thinking critically about language, especially sentences, in context. Special emphasis will be placed on recognizing and eliminating common sentence errors. Instructor-supervised use of the Writing Center, equivalent to one credit, is required for students enrolled in ENGL 0080 sections meeting fewer than four hours per week.
Prerequisite(s): Assessment score placement in ENGL 0080 or above and assessment score placement in RDNG 0900 .
Recommendation: Basic computer skills
- Grammar and usage
- Parts of speech
- Subjects and verbs
- Verb tenses
- Subject-verb agreement
- Specific grammatical lessons, as needed
- Coordination and subordination
- Sentence types: simple, compound, complex, compound-complex
- Sentence combining and transitions
- Comma splices, run-ons, and fragments
- Topic sentences/controlling ideas
- Writing Process
- Proofreading and editing
- Critical thinking
- Assignment interpretation
- Audience awareness
- Grammatical and rhetorical choices
- Response to texts of others
- Assigned readings
- Peer review
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- demonstrate an appropriate response to writing assignments.
- demonstrate an understanding of basic English grammar and usage.
- display a basic command of sentence structure and punctuation.
- make word choices appropriate for effective writing.
- write paragraphs that show focus, development, and organization.
- participate in critical thinking about language.
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