# Portland Community College

Course Number:
ESOL 42
Course Title:
Level 4 Writing
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:

#### Course Description

The fourth level of ESOL and the first of five-course sequence that focuses on writing. Includes introduction to the writing process; descriptive and narrative paragraphs and formal letters; review of basic grammar; introduction to present perfect and past continuous; writing and grammar taught in the context of communicating in adult life roles. Prerequisites: ESOL placement test OR successful completion of ESOL 30; AND concurrent placement in ESOL 40/40N and ESOL 44/44N or higher. Audit available.

 A satisfactory paragraph includes the following:       1. selection of a topic worthy of adult communication   2. adequate paragraph development   3. appropriate topic sentence   4. 70% grammatical accuracy interms of the grammar points listed in Competency and Skills Section A   5. level- and audience-appropriate vocabulary    6. level-appropriatesignal words and transitional phrases     7. sentence variety    A satisfactory in-class paragraph:    1.      is one page, handwritten double-spaced (approximately 100 words)    2.      includes development that is at least 70% as thorough as a satisfactory out-of-class paragraph    A satisfactory out-of-class paragraph is the equivalent of half a typed double-spaced page.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completing Level 4 Writing students will be able to use the English language to communicate as related to roles as family member, community member, worker, lifelong learner and citizen. They will be able to do the following:  Write a clear, well-developed paragraph with a topic sentence and supporting statements.  Demonstrate the ability to fill out an authentic form.  Write a formal letter.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Performance tasks at this level include: Complete a minimum of the following:  three well-structured out-of-class paragraphs (two of which are rewritten), including a minimum of one descriptive, one narrative, and one reason paragraph three well-structured in-class paragraphs (two of which are rewritten), including a minimum of one descriptive, one narrative, and one reason paragraph One formal e-mail Log onto MyPCC to print a required class document Produce original sentences that show control of grammar points Recommend one typed paragrpah  (See addendum:  Explanation of Satisfactory Composition)

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)