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Course Syllabus

Course: ESL 0251

Division: Humanities
Department: English/Second Language
Title: Level 1 Writing

Semester Approved: Summer 2015
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2020
End Semester: Summer 2021

Catalog Description: This course focuses on the skills of writing in English at the elementary level. The objectives of this course are to help ESL students gain confidence and fluency in writing. Students participate in guided writing activities and creative writing projects.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 2; Lecture: 3; Lab: 0
Clock/Hour Requirements: 0

Prerequisites: Placement in ESL 0251 through the department

Justification: The ESL Department at Snow College houses the intensive ESL program which is accredited through the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP). The four level program provides instruction for students at Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 (elementary through exiting levels). ESL 0251 is a core course for Level 1.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be familiar with the American English style of writing. Through journal writing and freewriting activities, they will practice creative and imaginative writing at the sentence level. They will gain a basic understanding of grammatical structures and rhetorical patterns in English. 

Students will demonstrate the mastery of the above skills through completing daily freewriting and editing assignments, taking quizzes that will assess their knowledge of writing with appropriate rhetorical patterns and grammatical structures, completing writing exercises in the textbook, and successfully passing midterm and final writing exams.  

Through a series of writing tasks, students will learn to respond accurately to questions asked about charts, diagrams and reading passages. They will be introduced to the basics of English writing style, grammatical structures and rhetorical patterns. They will practice writing short answers to questions about reading passages. By writing daily in a journal and writing short stories, students will improve their writing confidence and develop their writing fluency.

Key Performance Indicators:
Percentages are approximate. In order to pass the course, students must demonstrate a B mastery of course materials. Students who earn a grade below B will be required to repeat the course. At the instructor's discretion the following will be used for assessment:

attendance (20%-25%)  

journal assignments (20%-25%) 

homework assignments (15%-25%) 

quizzes and tests (25%-30%)  







Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Keith S. Folse, April Muchmore-Vokoun, and Elena Vestri Solomon, Great Writing 1, current edition, Cengage Learning.

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 15
Optimum Class Size: 10