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ESOL 0041 - Grammar and Writing IV

Credits: 5
Hours/Week: Lecture None Lab None
Course Description: This course provides the opportunity for students to develop higher-level writing skills for a variety of situations. Students explore grammar, writing fluency, self-editing skills, and the creation of essays of varying lengths. Students practice writing skills through extensive writing and word processing, and follow a writing process to edit and revise essays.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): ESOL 0031  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. Prewriting, drafting, revising and editing

    2. Organizing ideas within a paragraph

    3. Organizing paragraphs within an essay

    4. Using computers

  2. Content and Organization

    1. Writing relevant thesis statements

    2. Developing introductions and conclusions

    3. Providing details and examples relevant to the topic

    4. Selecting organizational styles appropriate to the topic

  3. Language Use

    1. Improvement of grammatical structures introduced in ESOL 0031

    2. Introduction to perfect-progressive and passive tenses

    3. Compound and complex sentences

    4. Cohesive devices

    5. Article and preposition usage

    6. Introduction to relative clauses

    7. Real and unreal conditional sentences

    8. Vocabulary development and idiomatic usage

    9. Gerunds and infinitives

    10. Parts of speech

  4. Mechanics

    1. Continued application and improvement of mechanics from ESOL 0031

    2. Introduce complex punctuation

  5. Genres

    1. Descriptions

    2. Expository essays

    3. Narratives

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

  1. demonstrate effective use of the writing process.

  2. write expository and persuasive essays.

  3. produce longer (1-3 page) and more substantive essays.

  4. develop introductions and conclusions.

  5. use a variety of cohesive devises (transitions, pronouns) within and between paragraphs to improve coherence and fluency.

  6. demonstrate the ability to use grammar structures listed in the topical outline.

  7. develop independent strategies to improve editing skills.

  8. use formal and sophisticated vocabulary in essays.

  9. use a dictionary, thesaurus and computer tools in the writing process.

  10. produce unassisted writing using grammar taught in class.

  11. work cooperatively with classmates to improve written work.

  12. use mechanics appropriate to the level and genre of writing.



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

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