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CW 1 - Grammar and Vocabulary in Written English

Spring 2019

This course develops students' ability to edit their own writing and to identify high-frequency, non-idiomatic uses of English. Intensive practice will be provided for students according to their individual needs.

Available in 
Fall and Spring
Self-selected non-native speakers of English
Units and Format 
2 units – Two hours of online lecture/workshop per week
Grading Option 
Must be taken P/NP





Class Number: 21889
Meeting time @ place:
TH 4:00pm - 6:00pm @ 50 Barrows Hall
Section Theme: Strong Academic Grammar & Vocab
Instructor: Ryan Sloan
Section Description:

In this two-credit workshop, you will not only develop the ability to edit your own writing for grammatical correctness and precise word choice but also develop a knowledge of the wide range of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary options available when composing and revising--and how those choices may affect the reader. You will work to expand the active academic vocabulary readily available to you when composing and revising, including a focus on discipline-specific—or otherwise personally-tailored—vocabulary building. You will have intensive, individualized practice editing writing you are composing for other courses—enabling you to cultivate effective self-editing strategies.

NOTE: This is not a composition class. While you will do some short in- and out-of-class writing, the purpose of these single sentences or paragraphs is to assess strengths and weaknesses in your grammar, style, and vocabulary choices, as well as to practice self-editing strategies. Thus, you will also need to bring in your writing from other courses.

Book List:

Nora Bacon, The Well-Crafted Sentence [either edition is fine; the 2nd edition has two additional chapters, plus new readings, all of which I will make available as scanned .pdfs]

∙[Optional but encouraged: Longman Language Activator. (New Ed.)  Pearson Longman, 2006. 978-1405815680. Feel free to buy used on Amazon.]

Class Number: 21890
Meeting time @ place:
M 2:00pm - 4:00pm @ 89 Dwinelle Hall
Section Theme: TBA
Instructor: Nancy Hunt
Section Description:
Book List: