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NORTHERN CARIBBEAN UNIVERSITY
College of Humanities, Behavioural and Social Sciences Department of English and Modern Languages ENGL119: Freshman Composition I Course Information Section: Semester: Pre-requisites: Class Location: Class Times: H &F Fall 2012 ELPENCU or ENGL071 RH510 Tuesdays - Thursdays 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. & 3:30-4:50

Instructor Contact Information Instructor: Office Location: Office Hours: Email Address: Office Phone: Carolyn Wiles-Blair English & Modern Languages Offices (3rd floor Robinson Hall) Mondays &Wednesdays 11:00 – 12:30, Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:0012:30 & 2:00- 3:30 carolyn.blair@ncu.edu.jm 963-7473 (calling from off-campus) (7473 – ext.) on-campus

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Freshman Composition 1, ENGL 119, instructs students in principles of Standard English with particular reference to composition and other elements related to competence in this branch of language study. Although some of the principles and topics discussed and applied are those encountered at the high school level, they will be treated with the sophistication consistent with, and relevant to the tertiary stage of academic preparation. COURSE OBJECTIVES: General Objectives/ Faith Objectives: Students should: 1. appreciate what the Bible says about the power and the effects of words 2. understand and apply spiritually responsible and ethical principles in communication 3. perceive that writing is possibly the finest tool for encouraging the attitude of passionate attention towards people, events, ideas, and God 4. recognize the value of choosing appropriate words 5. use knowledge to assist community.

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Specific Objectives: Students should be able to: 1. show the need for appropriate word choice and the power of words 2. demonstrate an appreciation for simple, clear expression as the best vehicle for unambiguous communication 3. demonstrate a clear understanding of the importance of effective communication 4. compose styled sentences 5. analyze topics and discuss ideas relevant to the writing process 6. apply the principles of the writing process in composing essays 7. analyze audiences and create messages appropriate to different types of audiences 8. design formal essay outlines 9. use a variety of paragraph development strategies to compose paragraphs 10. write expository and argumentative essays 11. write book reports and critical summaries 12. apply principles of effective collaboration 13. demonstrate their writing competence in an Exit Essay to be evaluated by a panel of English professors.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Students are expected to: 1. attend classes regularly and punctually (consult current Bulletin) 2. prepare for all classes by engaging in reading and research outside of scheduled class session in order to develop critical thinking skills and add depth to class discussions and individual writing tasks 3. actively participate in class discussions 4. complete all assignments and make timely submissions of these assignments 5. participate in group activities 6. attend weekly lab sessions 6. write essays using MLA guidelines 7. write a final exam at the end of the semester

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COURSE CONTENT 1. Grammatical and Vocabulary Enrichment 3. Sentence classification, sentence styling and sentence combining exercises and other activities to improve style 4. Model paragraphs 5. Expository, Narrative, Persuasive essays 6. Book Report 7. Summary UNIT ONE: THE NATURE AND FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE, THE SENTENCE, PUNCTUATION AND GRAMMAR Instructional Objectives At the end of this unit, students should be able to: 1. list ideas relating to the range and function of language 2. examine the Jamaican language situation and its impact on formal speaking and writing 3. identify and utilize skills needed for academic writing 4. distinguish the parts of the sentence 5. identify and correct sentence errors by using a variety of methods 6. use punctuation marks and capitalization correctly CONTENT 1. THE NATURE OF WRITTEN AND SPOKEN...
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