Silabus

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Course Description
In this course, you will further develop and polish reading and writing skills (using our text book: College Writing Skills-CWS) required for academic work on the college level. We will pay special attention to the growth of critical thinking skills through studying, discussing and writing about interesting readings from our textbook . You will write a series of essays (expository essays) and some less formal writing projects, both in and out of class. Classes will be devoted to writing, reading, debating (informal), vocabulary building, and grammar.

Prerequisite: Take ESL-093, Minimum grade QC

Student Outcomes:
As a result of successfully completing this course, you should be able to write well-organized essays explaining a central idea (thesis). Skills should include but not limited to: * Develop ideas and evaluate them in light of your own beliefs and knowledge and evidence discovered through reading and discussion. * Communicate your ideas effectively (verbally and in writing) * Support your ideas with well-developed examples and other evidence * Organize your ideas and evidence effectively in a sequence of paragraphs

Required Books and Materials

1. College Writing Skills with Readings, MCC edition, Langan (Online Learning Center www.mhe.com/langan) 2. Composition Notebook (for journaling/note taking) (Recommended) 3. English Dictionary & Thesaurus (Required) 4. Two Pocket Folder (Recommended)

Classroom Practices: * RESPONDING TO READINGS: Your goal as you are completing the reading is to respond, which means to ask questions, make connections in personal ways to your past and ongoing learning experiences, challenge, restate in your own words, anything that enables you to build your own knowledge base. This process should be the opposite of reading “mindlessly” in the hopes of memorizing and/or restating material to please the professor. Your texts should appear in class marked up

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