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Writing about Global Issues for English Language Learners

Course Code: ELLA 0330
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: English Language Learning and Acquisition
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course is the third level of an academic series designed to help students upgrade their writing skills. It is most appropriate for students who have experience writing expository paragraphs, short essays and summaries and who have reasonable control of grammar and sentence structure. Students will work on improving their reading, drafting, and organizational skills for writing reports analyzing a global issue and for writing short timed essay exams using various rhetorical patterns, as well as on revising and editing skills. Students will also be introduced to basic research skills. They will be responsible for creating a portfolio of completed tasks over the course of the semester.

Course Content

Throughout the process of preparing for a range of college assignments, students will receive instruction in skills and strategies in the following areas:

Writing Skills

A. Prewriting    

  • Understand assignment instructions, including audience, purpose, format, focus of the essay question, and the required rhetorical pattern.
  • Generate ideas from written and spoken texts on a topic related to relevant and current global issues, such as environmental issues, economic disparity, food production and distribution, or issues in health care.
  • Select and narrow a topic.
  • Create an outline.

B. Writing

  • Write a focused thesis statement.
  • Develop unified, specific support in body paragraphs by analyzing an issue, presenting different perspectives on it, discussing its aspects, elements, features, characteristics, qualities, stages, or periods, and by providing relevant examples.
  • Write well-structured conclusions.
  • Handwrite in-class essays under time constraints.
  • Write the required length in the time given.
  • Use appropriate text organization and discourse markers to signal narration, description, extended definition, logical division of ideas, comparison/contrast, cause/effect, or problem/solution.
  • Create coherence within and between paragraphs using appropriate transition signals, pronoun references, conjunctions, and linking words and sentences.
  • Incorporate source material, showing understanding of how to avoid plagiarism by paraphrasing, summarizing, quoting, and citing appropriately.
  • Demonstrate an emerging level of critical thinking and analysis of information by relating own ideas to written texts.
  • Use an expanded range of vocabulary, idiomatic language, and cultural references appropriate to the context.

C. Revising

  • Re-draft and revise with peer and instructor feedback.
  • Proofread, edit and re-draft on own.

Accuracy

  • Use the conventions of standard written English grammar for intra- and inter-clause accuracy.
  • Follow academic writing conventions for organization and form.
  • Increase level of formality and text cohesion by using passive voice.
  • Improve phrasal structures by extending noun phrases with adjective and noun clauses.
  • Support opinions with research findings using reporting verbs, phrases, and clauses.

Study Skills

Take responsibility for:

  • Attendance and punctuality
  • Class work and assignments
  • Participation and teamwork

Use common software to communicate and to complete information management tasks such as word processing assignments, sending emails, or signing in to an online learning management system.

Methods of Instruction

Some or all of the following methods will be used:

  • whole-class instruction
  • large- and small-group discussion
  • pair work on tasks
  • peer review
  • computer-assisted learning
  • in-class writing
  • instructor feedback on written work
  • revision of submitted writing
  • independent research

Means of Assessment

Student achievement will be measured using formative assessment tools and the mastery system in accordance with College policy. Students will receive on-going feedback from the instructor throughout the course. Evaluation will be based on learning outcomes as well as instructor-specified criteria. Mastery will be granted to students who achieve an average of at least 70% on portfolio items listed below. Evaluation will include, but may not be limited to, completing the following tasks:

-A collection of writing and research practice assignments, demonstrating consistent attention to instructor and peer feedback. Assignments could include single and connected paragraphs, short answer and other tests demonstrating understanding of written and spoken texts, research skills practice, or group work.

-At least 1 composition, such as the following:

  • a report written for a committee or organization proposing a solution for a current global issue
  • a script for a speech written for an audience of a group of stakeholders (government officials, citizens)

The final product must have at least 5 paragraphs and up to 1,000 words, include a description and an analysis of a global issue, specific examples, and recommendations. It must also incorporate source material from at least 2 credible sources, using a citation style such as APA or MLA in accordance with academic practices and College policies.

-In-class, planning and writing in long hand of at least 2 short, 1-3 paragraph or essay exams of at least 250 words each, under time constraints. The second exam should be completed in no more than 30 minutes.

-At least 1 research assignment demonstrating understanding of source credibility and reliability.

-At least 1 self-assessment of learning strategies, progress, and classroom skills (to be discussed with the instructor).

Sample grade breakdown:

Composition and essay exam practice worth up to 20% (total)

Reading and research assignments practice worth up to 15% (total)

In-class paragraph or essay exams worth up to 25%

5-paragraph composition final draft worth up to 30%

Participation worth up to 10%

Total: 100%

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, ssuccessful students will

Reading and Writing Skills

  1. Write at least 5 connected paragraphs analyzing a current global issue and proposing a solution, incorporating source material, and using a citation style, such as APA or MLA.
  2. Apply basic research skills to find relevant and credible sources of information.
  3. Read about global issues to develop a full understanding of various rhetorical patterns, as required by instructors in different disciplines: narration, description, extended definition, comparison/contrast, cause/effect, logical division of ideas, and problem/solution.
  4. Write short, 1-3 paragraph or essay exams of at least 250 words each, under time constraints, addressing the question accurately and employing an appropriate rhetorical pattern.
  5. Monitor and apply strategies to an instructor-specified level of accuracy in grammar, sentence structure, and word choice.

Study Skills

  1. Assess own progress.
  2. Participate effectively in a college classroom.  

course prerequisites

ELLA 0230 and ELLA 0240, or ELLA assessment

Corequisites

None

Equivalencies

None

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.

assessments

If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.

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