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Xuan Zheng
GEN ST 391
Seattle Campus

Supervised Study in Selected Fields

Special supervised study in a field represented in the College of Arts and Sciences. Faculty supervisor required. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

This studio is a 2-credit (C/NC) course that meets two days a week for 50 minutes. This studio is designed for non-native speakers of English who are currently taking an English composition class and want to continue developing their ability to understand and produce academic writing.

Student learning goals

Strengthen your analytical reading skills to help you comprehend and analyze complex texts (specifically those from an English composition class, but the skills will apply to the various reading you do at the University).

Improve your ability to produce academic writing by understanding some of the basic elements of genre, style, and common writing strategies.

Develop your critical thinking skills through reading, writing, and discussion.

Review and analyze grammar structures focusing on how they apply to organization and produce different effects in academic writing.

Expand your advanced vocabulary skills.

Become familiar with the resources on campus to further help you with your English and academic writing throughout your education at the UW (see “Writing Center referrals”).

General method of instruction

lecture, work-shop, presentation, conference

Recommended preparation

concurrently taking an English composition course is preferred

Class assignments and grading

To get credit for the studio, you need to complete a “Studio Portfolio” and submit it on Dropbox. To get a good picture of your abilities when you began this course, how you apply the skills from the studio, and what areas you still need to focus on, we will construct a “skills portfolio” throughout the quarter.


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 Xuan Zheng
Date: 01/01/2011