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Young-Kyung Min
B CUSP 131
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in First-Year Learning

Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Welcome! This class is designed to develop intercultural literacy abilities of students whose native language is not English. It aims to foster your ability to craft your arguments by reflecting the dialectic relation between your personal experiences and academic analysis in your learning processes. It will guide you to explore the new communities you inhabit and to connect your cross-cultural experiences of living and learning in the US. You will also learn practical guidelines and strategies that can help you develop writing fluency and confidence. The strategies are intended not only to assist you with your course assignments and projects, but also to help you better understand US university life and culture. The course will cover both rhetorical and linguistic aspects of academic writing. It will guide you to understand academic writing as a rhetorical activity that is always situated in the specific audience, genre, and purpose of the assignment. The readings in this course cover a wide spectrum of topics. The readings will help you make informed and analytical arguments through a critical engagement with the work of others in your thinking, writing, and research processes. They will serve as the springboard to practice critical thinking and writing expected of you at the college level.

Student learning goals

-To enhance vocabulary acquisition strategies and learn the fundamental connection between lexis and grammar (lexical grammar)

-To learn close reading skills (your "writing" process begins with your "reading" process)

-To develop writing abilities for various genres of assignments

-To cultivate an ability to write from personal experience, from readings, and from research

-To promote a deeper understanding of intercultural communication

-To practice reflection as a tool of learning and inquiry

General method of instruction

Workshops in Small and Large Groups, Lectures, Discussions

Recommended preparation

Do the homework assigned for each class and come to class prepared for class discussions and activities. Use your homework, reading responses, and journal entries as springboards for your writing assignments as well as for your participation in class activities.

Class assignments and grading

Participation in Class Activities, Reading Responses, Short Writing Assignments, Collaborative Learning, Presentations, Final Portfolio


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Young-Kyung Min
Date: 02/11/2014