This course will help you transform your writing skills to match the demands of an American university course. In addition to familiarizing you with some of the most common forms of academic writing in introductory American college courses, this course will specifically focus on the cultural expectations and patterns common to American academic writing and communication. Modes of writing will include personal, persuasive, comparison/contrast, and analysis. You will learn about the expectations for college-level writing and how to craft well-developed essays that demonstrate strong critical thinking. With a diligent effort, you will become better prepared to excel in any course requiring writing.
We will approach writing as a process, and work on strategies for prewriting, writing, and revision. You will develop skill giving and receiving critical feedback as part of a writing workshop process. Our focus will be on quality over quantity: typical assignments will range from 1-5 pages, but finished products are expected to be coherent, well-developed, and polished. We will read and discuss outstanding writing selections, both to serve as models and as catalysts for student writing. In some assignments, you will have a choice of content, in order to write about topics of interest to them. Assessment will emphasize making improvement, both on successive drafts as well as overall progress throughout the course.
Note: This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.
Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.