3431019 English Language and Literature

Numbering Code U-LET18 23431 LJ36 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second 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 further 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 The class`s primary goal remains, as in the first semester, an improvement of skills related to academic writing.

Building on the foundation built during the spring term, students will continue to structure, compose and refine essays from conceptual to finished stages.

At the completion of the course, students will have increased the varieties of essays they have written, which will give them not only expertise, but confidence to go on to longer essays. They will be able to more independently formulate longer essays from start to completion, and will have increased their critical thinking.
Schedule and Contents Each meeting of the class will be a continuation of the previous week`s, making regular attendance 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, other times editing of students` writing.

In some cases, this will be followed by introduction of rhetorical language or grammar presentations related to specific types of essays.

The class will be divided into three study units, focusing on three types of essays: Opinion, Compare and Contrast, and Cause and Effect.

Week 1 - Introduction for new students - Begin Unit 4, Compare and Contrast Essays. Reading an example and discussion of topic. Freewriting exercise.

Week 2 - Brainstorming ideas and vocabulary relevant to a compare and contrast essay, identifying audience and purpose, use of a Venn diagram as an outlining tool, writing an outline.

Week 3 - Reading examples of compare and contrast essays, examining the structure, focusing on connectors in sentences. Writing a first draft and peer editing.]

Week 4 - Use of comparative adjectives, adverbs, nouns and appropriate use in comparisons, contrasts. Editing the first draft and re-writing (second draft).

Week 5 - Review of key language and grammar points of unit 4. Compare/Contrast Timed Writing exercise on a theme given by the instructor.

Week 6 - Begin Unit 5, Opinion Essays. Reading and discussion of an opinion essay example. Freewriting exercise.

Week 7 - Brainstorming ideas, vocabulary and identifying audience and purpose of the essay. Essay organization/structure and writing the outline. Reading two more short examples.

Week 8 - Using facts to support an opinion, differentiating facts from opinions, recognizing counter-arguments and refutations, writing a first draft and peer editing.

Week 9 - Using quantity expressions effectively in supporting your opinion, connectors showing support and opposition, self-editing the first draft and re-writing.

Week 10 - Review of key language and grammar points of Unit 5. Opinion Essay Timed Writing on a theme given by the instructor.

Week 11 - Begin Unit 6 - Cause and Effect Essays. Reading an example, discussing a cause and effect situation, brainstorming ideas and vocabulary appropriate for Cause and Effect essays, identifying audience and purpose, freewriting exercise.

Week 12 - Cause and Effect essay organization and an effective essay`s organization, skillful use of examples to support ideas, writing an outline for the essay.

Week 13 - Examining the organization of a well-done Cause and Effect essay, using phrasal verbs, writing and peer editing a first draft, review of future tense verbs used in Cause and Effect essays.

Week 14 - Use of conditionals, editing the first draft and re-writing, review of focus language and grammar points of unit 6.

Week 15 - Time Writing on a Cause and Effect theme given by the instructor.
Evaluation Methods and Policy There are no examinations for this writing class.

Evaluation will be determined as follows:
Attendance 26% (2% per class with allowance of two absences, but extra points 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.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Effective Academic Writing 2: The Short Essay (Second Edition), A. Savage & P. Mayer, (Oxford University Press), ISBN:978-0-19-432347-5, Having a textbook is required
Students should bring the textbook to the first class as well as always bringing a dictionary to be used when writing.
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