Course Syllabus

Course: ESL 1051

Division: Humanities
Department: English/Second Language
Title: Level 3 Composition

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

Catalog Description: This course focuses on the development of well-written essays. Students will develop English writing skills by writing five-paragraph essays in at least four modal styles in preparation for English 1010. Non-native speakers of English must complete this course, score a 4 or higher on the Test of Written English (TWE), or take a written exam (graded by ESL department faculty members) before they can register for ENGL 1010 (see the Snow College catalog for more detailed information).

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of ESL 0451 or 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 ;program provides instruction for students at Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 (elementary through exiting levels). This course is part of the core curriculum for Level 3. Non-native speakers of English must complete this course, score a 4 or higher on the Test of Written English (TWE), or take a written exam (graded by ESL department faculty members) before they can register for ENGL 1010 (see the Snow College catalog for more detailed information).


Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will understand and utilize the following elements of the writing process: brainstorming, organizing, outlining, drafting, peer editing, proofreading, and revising. They will be able to produce all parts of a comprehensive five-paragraph essay: introduction, body, and conclusion. They will be able to write and understand the function of narrative, compare and contrast, process, cause and effect, and argumentative essays. 

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.  


Content:
Students will review and practice the organizational rules for formal writing which include limiting the topic sentence with the controlling idea, writing logical and coherent supporting sentences, and using transitions. Students will learn and practice the skills of writing formal college essays through at least four essay assignments in the following modes of development: narrative, compare and contrast, process, cause and effect, and argumentative.

Key Performance Indicators:
Percentages are approximate. In order to pass the course, students must demonstrate a B (85%) mastery of course materials. Students who earn a grade below a B will be required to repeat the course. At the instructor's discretion the following criteria will be used for the purpose of assessment:

Attendance 20-25% 

Homework 20-25% 

Quizzes 15-20% 

Tests 15-20% 

Essay assignments 20-25% 

 

 

 

 

 



Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Folse, Muchmore-Vokoun, and Solomon, Great Writing 4: Great Essays, current edition, Heinle, Cengage Learning.


Pedagogy Statement:


Maximum Class Size: 20
Optimum Class Size: 10