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ESL 31: Composition I (5 Credits)

In this course, you will develop your grammar, spelling, sentence, and paragraph writing skills. You will learn grammar and vocabulary by reading the text, viewing videos, and doing practice exercises and quizzes. You will develop your writing skills by brainstorming with your fellow students, writing paragraphs, and writing stories. You will measure your progress with regular quizzes and two exams.


If you do well in this course, you will be able to:

  1. Write well-organized and developed paragraphs or longer pieces of writing.  Given a topic, you will be able to:
    • Generate ideas
    • Focus on a main idea
    • Organize support
    • Write a first draft
    • Include a concluding sentence
    • Revise the writing
    • Edit the writing
  2. Use simple, compound, and complex sentence patterns in your writing.  After generating ideas about a topic, you will be able to:
    • Construct simple sentences
    • Construct compound and complex sentences
    • Use punctuation appropriate to each sentence pattern
  3. Build fluency and accuracy in writing.  You will be able to:
    • Use appropriate word forms in sentences
    • Use vocabulary appropriate to the context
    • Edit writing focusing on verb forms, including base form, infinitive, and gerund, verb tense, and agreement (subject/verb, singular/plural, and pronoun reference)

Possible Assignments Include: (Subject to change each semester. The actual assignments are available in the Syllabus in the Blackboard course site on the first day of classes.)

Percentage of Grade
14 Practice Quizzes
13 Discussions 5
13 Paragraphs 10
14 Vocabulary Stories 10
14 Text Quizzes 10
12 Grammar Quizzes 10
Midterm Exam 20
Final Exam 30

Your final grade may be based on the following scale.

Grading Scale
75 - 100 %
0 - 74 %

There are 2 exams in this course.

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Last Updated: July 16, 2013