B EDUC 491
This course is designed to provide practical guidelines and strategies to develop written and oral communication skills of students whose native language is not English. Every activity, every discussion, every reading, and every assignment are designed to help you develop your ability to think and read critically, to write analytically, and to increase your speaking ability in English, which will allow you to articulate your perspectives on a variety of topics in academic contexts. Although the course will cover both the rhetorical and grammatical aspects of writing, please remember that this is not a course in grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
Student learning goals
-To develop reading and vocabulary acquisition strategies that will facilitate writing various genres of academic texts
-To develop writing abilities for various genres of academic assignments
-To cultivate a deeper understanding of rhetoric and communication across cultures
-To develop a perception of reflection as a tool of learning
-To enhance oral communication abilities
General method of instruction
Workshops in Small and Large Groups, Lectures, Discussions, Presentations
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, Presentations, Short Writing Assignments, Final Portfolio