Course Content and Outcome Guide for ESOL 42N
- Posted by:
- Joanna Sullivan
- Course Number:
- ESOL 42N
- Course Title:
- Level 4 Writing
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Course DescriptionThe 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. Prerequisite:ESOL placement test OR successful completion of ESOL 30; AND concurrent placement in ESOL 40/40N and ESOL 44/44N or higher.
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
Write a clear, well-developed paragraph with a topic sentence and
Demonstrate the ability to fill out an authentic form.
Write a formal letter.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- 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)
A. Grammar Review and InstructionPhrase and ClausesVerbs and Related StructuresOther Parts of SpeechMechanicsB. Writing ProcessC. Rhetorical StylesD. Critical Thinking SkillsCompetencies and SkillsA. Grammar1. Sentences, Clauses, and Phrasesa. recognize and begin to use basic sentence patterns including adjective placement competentlyb. use simple and compound sentences; recognize and begin to usecomplex sentences c. produce original sentences demonstrating grammar points2. Verbs and Related Structuresa. use simple present and present continuous b. use there is / there are c. use simple past and irregular past tense verbs d. use yes/no, "wh-" questions e. use future with "be going to" and "will" f. begin to use past continuous g. begin to use modals (possibility, necessity, advice) in the future and present h. introduce to use present perfect3. Other Parts of Speecha.begin to identify the parts of speech and their functions in sentences (subjects, verbs, objects, complements) b. use possessive adjectives and subject and object pronouns; adverbs of place, time, frequency and intensivity; coordinating conjunctions; count and non-count nouns; adjectives of quantity; and introduce comparative and superlative adjectives and articles with common nouns c. recognize possessive and indefinite pronouns as they appear in readings4. Mechanicsa. identify and use capitalization, margins, and paragraph indentationsb. apply spelling rules and common spelling patterns especially as related to verb tensesc. use basic punctuation in simple and compound sentences (periods, commas, question marks, quotation marks)B. The Writing Process1. use prewriting skills, including brainstorming, group discussion of topics, narrowing a topic, and outlining2. revise and edit a draft, understanding error correction symbols and using self- and peer-editing strategies3. organize and format a paragraph correctly, using a topic sentence, relevant supporting details and examples, signal words and transitional phrases, and a concluding sentence4. write email using conventions, format, and language appropriate in formal situationsC. Rhetorical Stylesbegin to use the following rhetorical styles in paragraphs: description, narration, and reasonD. Critical Thinking Skills1. use supplemental readings, including authentic materials, to obtain ideas and vocabulary for writing assignments2. avoid plagiarism3. distinguish between narration, description, and reason4. distinguish between formal and informal language for audience and purpose5. distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information6. distinguish general from specificAddendum:Explanation of Satisfactory CompositionsA satisfactory paragraph includes the following:1..selection of a topic worthy of adult communication2. originality with awareness of audience3. adequate paragraph development4. appropriate topic sentence5. 70% grammatical accuracy in these areas: verb tense, verb form agreement, word form, word choice, and word order; grammatical errors in other areas should not interfere with intelligibility6. level- and audience-appropriate vocabulary7. level-appropriate transitions8. sentence varietyA satisfactory in-class composition:1. is one page, handwritten double-spaced2. includes development that is at least 70% as thorough as satisfactory out-of-class paragraphA satisfactory out-of-class composition is the equivalent of half a typed double-spaced page.