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ESL-099 Academic Writing III

Course Syllabus

3 Credits

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Grade of C or better in ESL-086, ESL-087, ESL-088, and ESL-089, or placement.


This advanced course focuses on the academic writing skills necessary for success in college content courses. Students develop their abilities with sentence structure, paragraph writing, and essay writing through extensive practice with multiple drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. Students write from personal experience, answer essay questions from readings of substantial complexity, and write essays using research sources. Students learn grammar in the context of the readings and student generated writing. Students must pass the ESL 099 Writing Competency Exam and earn a C or better in order to pass the course.


Students can…

  • Use 5 steps of the writing process (brainstorm, organize, write, revise, and edit)
  • Revise for content, organization and development
  • Edit writing for grammar and mechanics
  • Use proper MLA format
  • Respond to a reading of substantial complexity (10th-12th grade reading level), demonstrating comprehension and critical thinking through writing
  • Demonstrate mastery of a variety of sentence types (simple, compound, complex)
  • Write a paragraph with main idea and substantial supporting details
  • Develop cohesive essays (approx. 500-750 words) with a thesis statement, introduction, body and conclusion using a variety of rhetorical styles
  • Use a variety of logical connectors including conjunctions and transitions at both the sentence and paragraph level
  • Quote and paraphrase from multiple sources with a bibliography
  • Write with varied and effective academic vocabulary and mastery of correct word forms
  • Achieve a 5.4 REEP score on an in-class essay
  • Demonstrate proficiency of the grammar in the 099 curriculum


Refining Composition Skills by Regina L. Smalley. Heinle Publishing, Boston, 2012.


This class will include lecture, class discussion, group work and individual work. Students are expected to be prepared for class and to participate. Most reading will be done outside of class. Writing will be done both inside and outside the class. Groups will be asked to give some informal presentations or explanations to the class. Some quizzes will be given without notice. Students will usually be able to rewrite at-home compositions for a higher grade; in this case 1st and 2nd copies of the work must be submitted to the instructor. Students may be required to complete assignments in the Language Lab.


Plagiarism will be discussed in this course. Basically, it is the unauthorized use of someone else’s work. Examples of plagiarism include copying ideas or sentences from a textbook or Internet article without using quotation marks or without including the source with the essay. Plagiarized work may result in a failing grade for the assignment or for the course, or a student may be asked to leave the course. All students are asked to read the Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook. All students must complete the plagiarism course at this website and print a copy for me: https://plagiarism.iu.edu/certificationTests/


All students are expected to be present and on time for each class. It is your responsibility to make up work if you are absent. If you miss a class, you must come to me in class or in my office to get any missing work. Three absences will result in a 1/3 letter grade drop (A to A-, A- to B+, etc.) Each successive absence will cause a 1/3 drop in the final grade.


All out of class assignments must be typed in “times new roman” font size 12, double-spaced, and should include your name, the class, the date, and a title. Save your work on a flash drive. Save all assignments that have been graded and returned to you. Assignments are due on the assigned date. Late assignments may result in a lower grade.


All students are expected to behave in a manner considerate of the instructor and the other students. Disruptive students may be asked to leave the class. Students must turn off cell phones during class. If you need to receive a call because of some emergency, please let the instructor know at the beginning of class.


Writing assignments (weekly): 60%
Quizzes: 10%
Midterm Test: 15%
Final Test: 15%
Total: 100%


A=94-100 A-=90-93 B+=87-89 B=83-86 B-=80-82 C+=77-79 C=70-76 D=60-69 F=below 60

This syllabus may be subject to change.