M191018English and American Literature (Special Lectures)

Numbering Code G-LET20 6M191 LJ36 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type special lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Fri.1
Instructor name Karin L. Swanson (Part-time Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This course is designed to assist students who wish to refine their English writing skills, particularly those skills needed to compose advanced-level academic papers and to create polished essays such as those characteristic of literary criticism.
Course Goals This class`s primary goal is improvement of skills related to academic writing. At the completion of the class, students who have successfully understood, practiced and mastered these skills will be be able to formulate and organize their ideas for an essay, work through successive drafts or versions of the essay, engage in self- and peer-editing, and to revise their writing through these stages.
Schedule and Contents Each meeting of the class will be a continuation of the previous one, meaning that regular attendance is necessary in order not to fall behind.

There will be weekly homework which will be checked at the beginning of the class, sometimes being from the textbook and other times being editing of students` writing.

In some cases, this will be followed by instruction in rhetorical language or grammar related to specific types of essay writing.

The semester will be almost equally divided into three study units: moving from paragraph to short essay writing, descriptive essays, and finally narrative essays.

Week 1 - Introduction to the class, Goals of Academic Writing, textbook overview, begin Unit 1 - moving from paragraph to short essay.

Week 2 - Focus on topic sentences, simple and compound sentences, paragraph structure.

Week 3 - Focus on use of dependent clauses, controlling ideas and avoiding run-on sentences.

Week 4 - Focus on developing unity and coherence, supporting sentences and patterns of organization.

Week 5 - Organization of a short essay, thesis statements, body paragraphs and conclusion.

Week 6 - Begin Unit 2 - Descriptive Essays - Discussion of essay organization, freewriting exercise.

Week 7 - Use of idea bubbles (or word webs) to make an outline.

Week 8 - Use of details and similes in descriptive essays, adjective order, writing a first draft.

Week 9 - Peer editing the first draft, editing and re-writing the descriptive essay, writing a second draft.

Week 10 - Descriptive Essay timed writing exercise on a theme assigned by the instructor.

Week 11 - Begin Unit 3 - Narrative Essays - reading and discussion of examples of a short narrative essay, freewriting exercise, brainstorming ideas and vocabulary for a narrative essay.


Week 12 - More examples of short narrative essays, outlining your own essay, focus on sequence markers, subordinating conjunctions.

Week 13 - Adding details, writing a first draft, peer editing, use of past continuous verbs.

Week 14 - Editing the first draft, incorporation of peer editing comments and re-writing a second draft.

Week 15 - Narrative Essay timed writing exercise on a theme given by the instructor.
Evaluation Methods and Policy There are no examinations as this is a writing class.

Evaluation will be decided in the following way:
Attendance 26% (2% per class with two allowed absences. Bonus points awarded for perfect attendance)
Homework in the textbook 26%
Completed essays 48%
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Weekly homework will be assigned and checked for completion the following week.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Effective Academic Writing 2: The Short Essay (second edition), A. Savage & P. Mayer, (Oxford University Press), ISBN:ISBN 978-0-19-432347-5, Textbook is required
Students should bring the textbook to the first class as we will begin it from that first session.
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