English 098 Syllabus—Sample
English 098 and 099— Student Memorandum
English 098 focuses on the
fundamentals of writing effectively as well as studies in grammar and
syntax. Students will understand the basic requirements for composing
college-level expository writing. Students will be required to read,
understand, and discuss sections from assigned readings.
Calabrese, Joseph, and Tchudi, Susan. Diversity:
Strength & Struggle. NY: Longman-Pearson. Latest Edition. Print.
Hacker, Diana. A Pocket Style Manual. Latest Edition. Bedford. Print.
English 098 introduces students to the requirements
of college-level expository writing. The course emphasizes the process
involved in composing acceptable college-level texts. The main
objectives learned in the course are:
- Given a prompt, students will be able to
develop and revise sentences that create well-developed paragraphs
in effective academic English, in a timely manner.
- Read a variety of short texts, suitable for
college, and recognize and explain content, audience, and purpose.
These objectives aim to develop the writing skills
needed for success in college and in the world after college.
The writing assignments will consist of formal and informal
writing assignments. Students will write a minimum of six graded
compositions of varying length and at least three composed in class. Students will focus on the depth and content of ideas, the
rhetorical organization of the writing assignment and the use of
Standard Academic English.
All ENG 098 students must put in 13 hours at the Writing Lab in Dickey Hall. If
a student scores 80% on the post test administered at midterm, that student has the option of attending the writing lab in the second half
of the semester.
Portfolios for advanced students: When the professor believes a
student has been “misplaced” into English 098, the professor may inform
the student of the option of submitting a portfolio containing a
minimum of four graded compositions and a letter of recommendation from
the professor. In order to be eligible, a student must maintain a grade
of B+ at mid-term. Portfolio will be submitted to a special committee
of English Department faculty. If the committee members concur with the
recommendation, the student will be advanced.