Designed for students who need to improve their language skills,
this course offers a review of grammar rules, language usage,
sentence structure, punctuation, and composition of effective
paragraphs and short essays.
|Course Learning Outcomes:
Students will demonstrate on quizzes/tests and in written work, a
knowledge of standard grammar, spelling, usage, and mechanics.
1. Students must be able to
• sustain focus on a specific topic or argument.
• demonstrate the command of the conventions of standard
written English, including grammar, usage, and mechanics.
• support and illustrate arguments and explanations with
relevant details and examples.
• create a logical progression of ideas or events and convey
the relationships among them.
• establish a thesis that addresses the specific task and
• develop and maintain a style and tone appropriate to the
task, purpose, and audience.
• choose words and phrases to express ideas precisely and
• assess the quality of one’s own writing and, when
necessary, strengthen it through revision.
• use varied sentence structures to achieve cohesion between
• accurately incorporate source material into one’s own work
while avoiding plagiarism.
• gather the information needed to build an argument, provide
an explanation, or address a research question.
• recognize effective transitional devices within the context
of a passage.
• place modifiers correctly.
• use coordination and subordination effectively.
• ecognize parallel structure.
• maintain agreement between pronoun and antecedent.
• avoid inappropriate pronoun shifts.
• maintain clear pronoun references.
• use proper case forms.
• use adjectives and adverbs correctly.
• use appropriate degree forms.
• avoid fragments, commas, and fused sentences.
• use standard verb forms.
• maintain agreement between subject and verb.
• avoid inappropriate shifts in verb tense.
• recognize commonly confused or misused words or phrases.
• use standard spelling.
• use standard punctuation.
• use standard capitalization.
• use technology as a tool to produce, edit, and distribute
2. When writing to inform or explain, students must convey
information clearly and coherently.
3. When writing to inform or explain, students must
demonstrate understanding of content by reporting facts
4. When writing arguments, students must establish a
5. When writing arguments, students must link claims and
evidence with clear reasons and ensure that the evidence is
relevant and sufficient to support the claims.
6. When writing arguments, students must acknowledge competing
arguments or information, defending or qualifying the
initial claim as appropriate.
7. Students must write at least 6-8 graded paragraphs or short
essays with a minimum of 350 words; at least half of these papers
should be written in class in a timed setting.