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ENGL 081 - Writing Skills

5 Credits
Designed for students who need work on language and rhetorical skills in order to prepare for ENGL 091/099. Focuses on writing multiparagraph responses and on constructing a variety of sentences with phrases and clauses in effective coordination and subordination. Also focuses on editing for problems related to diction (casual/formal), verb choice related to active/passive tense, agreement and precision and word choice issues, specifically related to precision, spelling and usage. ENGL 081 is offered separately for native and nonnative speakers. The section for nonnative speakers will emphasize verb form and verb tense construction, word order, word choice, vocabulary, articles, plural s and prepositions. Students with nonnative grammar error patterns should take this course in order to prepare for ENGL 091/099.

Pre-requisite(s) ENGL 071 min 2.0
Placement Eligibility English 097
Course Note Previously WRIT 060/081.

Quarters Typically Offered

Designed to Serve English 081 is designed for students who need work on language and rhetorical skills in order to be prepared for English 091. Students with non-native grammar error patterns (verb tense, word choice, articles, prepositions) should take the English 081 section for non-native speakers in order to adequately prepare for English 091, while students with native speaker error patterns (run-ons, fragments, diction) should take the section designated for native speakers.
Active Date 2011-08-08

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 25
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
Course Outline
For all sections: Rhetorical Issues: understanding assignments, invention strategies, topic sentences, supporting details, connections between paragraphs, coherence, patterns of thought, developing ideas. For sections offered to native speakers: Language Issues: proper diction depending on context, effective coordination and subordination, constructing effective, varied sentences; editing for sentence boundaries (specifically fragments and run-ons), verb tense, agreement and usage. For sections offered to nonnative speakers: Language issues: effective complex sentences, coordination/subordination, editing for verb tense errors, refining use of verb tense, editing for word choice issues and errors in noun and preposition use.

Student Learning Outcomes
Common outcomes: Produce multi-paragraph responses to assignments on specific topics.

Common outcomes: Develop paragraphs with clear focus, support and organization.

Common outcomes:Effectively analyze and follow an instructor’s assignments/homework directions.

Outcomes with native speaker focus: Construct effective sentences with independent and dependent clauses.

Outcomes with native speaker focus: Refine use of coordination and subordination so that connections/conjunctions are logical.

Outcomes with native speaker focus: Develop flexibility with diction in order to distinguish between informal/conversational and formal writing and use them appropriately.

Outcomes with native speaker focus: Edit for sentence boundary problems, specifically related to run-ons and sentence fragments.

Outcomes with native speaker focus: Edit for verb tense/verb form issues related to precision, accuracy, active and passive voice, and tense consistency.

Outcomes with native speaker focus: Edit for word choice issues, specifically those related to precision, complexity and spelling/usage.

Outcomes with nonnative speaker focus: Construct a variety of effective sentences using phrases and clauses correctly.

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