ENGL 0950 - English Express - Accelerated Academic Writing Instruction
Hours/Week: Lecture 4 Lab None
Course Description: This course provides instruction to help the student succeed in college-level Composition I, focusing especially on reading strategies for the purpose of development, organization, clarity, unity, and coherence in writing. Students practice writing as a process; thinking critically about language, especially sentences, in context; and generating documents that are understandable for audiences, including how to identify and correct common errors. Emphasis is placed on the skills needed to achieve the Composition I goals. Students placed into ENGL 0950 can also complete Composition I in the same semester. All students registered for ENGL 0950 must be concurrently enrolled in a paired section of ENGL 1020 . ENGL 1020 is equivalent to ENGL 1021 , Composition I. All students registered for ENGL 0950 must also have completed or be registered for STSC 1021 .
Prerequisite(s): Course placement into ENGL 0950 OR completion of RDNG 0940 with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940 with a grade of C or higher OR course placement into ESOL 1033 or completion of ESOL 0043 with a grade of C or higher and completion of ESOL 0051 with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052 with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): ENGL 1020
Recommendation: Word processing proficiency and basic computer skills.
1. Support for ENGL 1020/1021 writing assignments
- Using text-processing strategies to analyze complex texts
- Analyzing assignments
- Contrasting oral culture and academic discourse
- Using strategies for completing assignments
- Addressing individual literacy challenges
- Fulfilling responsibilities of an academic reader
- Fulfilling responsibilities of an academic writer
2. Engagement with college-level texts
- Reading strategies for notetaking and annotating
- Reading as a writer
- Writing as a reader
- Writing in response
3. Essays within academic discourse
- Creating focused and well-organized essays
- Developing valid and credible arguments in essays
- Using diverse syntax and diction appropriate for academic discourse
4. Integration of source material
- Navigating print culture to find, understand, and use information
- Using quotation, summary, and paraphrases
- Creating In-text citations and bibliographies
5. Success Strategies
- Addressing individual academic challenges
- Using support such as Writing Center, ESOL Center, Reading and Student Success Center, tutors, office hours, counseling/advising
- Developing effective academic habits
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- write clear, correct, effective, and varied sentences in paragraphs and essays.
- employ proofreading skills to identify and correct distracting sentence-level and word-level errors in their own writing.
- develop organized coherent and unified paragraphs in the context of essays.
- suggest revision strategies to address obvious content problems in a draft.
- write in response to college-level texts without plagiarism or excessive quotation.
- reflect critically on personal development of writing and editing skills.
- analyze college-level writing assignments.
- execute strategies for completing college-level assignments.
- evaluate arguments for validity and credibility.
- use reading strategies to facilitate understanding of texts.
- read actively and critically.
- explain abstract ideas found in complex texts.
- analyze abstract ideas found in complex texts.
Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)
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