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2022-2023 Course Catalog 
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ENGL 0080 - Basic Writing and Grammar

Credits: 4
Hours/Week: Lecture None Lab 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.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): Assessment score placement in ENGL 0080 or above and assessment score placement in RDNG 0900 .
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Basic computer skills

Major Content
  1. Grammar and usage
    1. Parts of speech
    2. Subjects and verbs
    3. Verb tenses
    4. Subject-verb agreement
    5. Specific grammatical lessons, as needed
  2. Sentences
    1. Coordination and subordination
    2. Sentence types: simple, compound, complex, compound-complex
    3. Sentence combining and transitions
    4. Comma splices, run-ons, and fragments
  3. Paragraphs
    1. Topic sentences/controlling ideas
    2. Unity
    3. Development
    4. Coherence
  4. Writing Process
    1. Brainstorming
    2. Drafting
    3. Revising
    4. Proofreading and editing
  5. Critical thinking
    1. Assignment interpretation
    2. Audience awareness
    3. Grammatical and rhetorical choices
  6. Response to texts of others
    1. Assigned readings
    2. Peer review

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

  1. demonstrate an appropriate response to writing assignments.
  2. demonstrate an understanding of basic English grammar and usage.
  3. display a basic command of sentence structure and punctuation.
  4. make word choices appropriate for effective writing.
  5. write paragraphs that show focus, development, and organization.
  6. participate in critical thinking about language.

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

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