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Course Description

This course involves the practice and refinement of sentence and paragraph skills, structure and punctuation. Students will learn basic use of the computer as a writing tool. PREREQUISITE: ESL 523 with a grade of C or better or ESL Assessment Test recommendation. ADVISORY: Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 531 and ESL 532.

Learning Outcomes

  • Write simple and compound sentences utilizing correct structure and punctuation.
  • Manipulate sentence forms (yes/no questions, information questions, affirmative and negative statements).
  • Explain the use of the following verb tenses: simple present, present progressive, simple past, and future.
  • Recognize the above verb tenses in model paragraphs.
  • Write original sentences using the above verb tenses.
  • Express ideas through writing.
  • Spell singular and plural forms of regular and irregular nouns and regular and irregular present and past tense verbs.
  • Identify the function of a noun in a sentence (subject, object, object of a preposition).
  • Differentiate between count and noncount nouns and their quantifiers.
  • Substitute appropriate pronouns (subject, object, possessive, reflexive, and possessive adjectives) for nouns.
  • Compare and contrast the form, function and position of adjectives and adverbs in a sentence.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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