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Course Description

This course involves the expansion of sentence and paragraph skills, structure, and punctuation. Students will learn basic use of the computer as a writing tool. PREREQUISITE: ESL 533 with a grade of C or better or ESL assessment recommendation. ADVISORY: Recommended concurrent enrollment in ESL 541 and ESL 542.

Learning Outcomes

  • Write simple, compound and complex sentences utilizing correct structure and punctuation. Identify and correct run-ons, comma splices and fragments
  • Manipulate sentence forms (yes/no questions, information questions, affirmative and negative statements).
  • Explain and use the following verb tenses in active and passive voice: simple present, present progressive, simple past, past progressive, future, present perfect, present perfect progressive, past perfect, and past perfect progressive.
  • Read model paragraphs and identify and analyze tense usage and voice (passive or active).
  • Write original sentences and paragraphs utilizing the above tenses.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of"writing as a process"by clustering, brainstorming, outlining, writing, editing and rewriting paragraphs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of paragraph structure by writing a paragraph with a topic sentence, supporting sentences, transitions and a concluding sentence.
  • Identify gerunds and infinitives in sentences, analyze their functions, and write original sentences using these structures.
  • Identify adjective clauses and combine and separate sentences through the addition of or deletion of adjective clauses.
  • Make comparisons utilizing comparative, superlative andequalative forms of adjectives and adverbs.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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