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2021-2022 Course Catalog 
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ESOL 0051 - Grammar and Writing V

Credits: 5
Hours/Week: Lecture None Lab None
Course Description: This course focuses on developing advanced English language skills. By using a draft and revision process, the students produce essays containing sophisticated and native-like grammar, sentence structures, and expressions. Special emphasis is placed on increasing independent editing skills. Supervised use of the Writing Center, equivalent to 1 credit, is required for students enrolled in ESOL 0051 sections meeting fewer than five credit hours per week.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): Completion of ESOL 0041  with grades of C or higher, or appropriate scores on the language proficiency test with background information, oral interview, and writing sample.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. The Writing Process
    1. 2-4 page multiple draft essays
    2. Avoiding plagiarism - cultural implications
    3. Using purpose and audience to guide writing choices
    4. Selection of examples and details
    5. Using/giving feedback for revision
    6. Independent editing skills and strategies
    7. Individual strengths and weaknesses in writing
  2. Language Use
    1. Improvement of grammatical structures introduced in ESOL 0041  
    2. Introduction to resources for increased idiomatic and sophisticated use of language
    3. Adjective clauses - modifying subject, object, or object of preposition and possessive
    4. Adverb clauses
    5. Reduced clauses (participial phrases)
    6. Advanced noun clauses
    7. Language for direct and indirect reported speech
    8. Phrasal verbs
    9. Advanced article and preposition usage
    10. Subject-verb agreement in embedded clauses and complex sentences
    11. Advanced use of gerunds and infinitives
    12. Passive tenses
  3. Mechanics
    1. Advanced punctuation rules, such as the use of commas, semi-colons, hyphens, dashes, parentheses, and quotation marks in complex sentence structures

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. produce correct examples of grammar and sentence structures in the context of short essays.
  2. edit own writing to correct errors with grammar and sentence structures with increasing independence.
  3. write with academic, sophisticated, idiomatic, and native-like expressions.
  4. produce 2-4 page essays with an introduction, unified and cohesive body paragraphs, and a conclusion through a draft and revision process.
  5. select relevant and sufficient supporting examples.
  6. identify strengths and weaknesses in own writing and strategies for self-improvement through peer feedback and self-reflection.
  7. offer constructive feedback to other students on how to improve their writing.
  8. identify plagiarism and explain why it is unacceptable.

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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