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Course Content and Outcome Guide for ABE 0784

Course Number:
ABE 0784
Course Title:
Fundamentals of Writing
Credit Hours:
0
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Covers basic communication skills, language mechanics, grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraph and short essay development. Prerequisites: Reading placement at CASAS 215 or higher; COMPASS score of 27 or lower; listening and speaking skills in English at SPL 5 or higher.

Intended Outcomes for the course

In personal, family, employment, and community settings the student will:
- Use writing as a communication tool
- Employ correct grammar and punctuation
- Develop paragraphs that have appropriate topic sentences, transitions, and supporting details
- Practice critical thinking in response to a prompt
- Apply a working writing process with clear regard for the stages of invention, support/organization, drafting, and revision
- Demonstrate successful college behaviors: communication, participation, responsibility, organization, and time management
- Plan for employment and life skills development
- Use the computer for basic word processing and internet activities
- Be prepared to perform successfully in Writing 80 or above

Outcome Assessment Strategies

- A writing process journal
- Group-work: students respond to class readings and participate in peer editing
- Complete a computer-based assignment
- Write a letter or an essay
- Take COMPASS or ASSET test if college-bound and place at least into WR80
- Write a 'next steps' transition plan

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes: Family member, citizen, worker, and lifelong learner;
goal setting; critical thinking; decision making; confidence building; collaborative team work
Concepts: time management (attendance and completing tasks), social skills (communication and intercultural competency), employability, learning strategies, computer literacy
Issues: Access to resources for student success, overcoming barriers, learning differences, communication skills, test and school anxiety
Skills:
Spelling and vocabulary
Capitalization rules
Punctuation rules
Grammar and usage rules
Sentence structure
Composition skills
Proofreading
Technology - using MyPCC for registration and email, word
processing