T C 422
Grammatical structures and stylistic strategies. Achieving clarity and conciseness through word choice and placement, using a variety of sentence structures for appropriate emphasis, handling details, establishing effective tone.
Students learn to tailor their writing styles for different professional audiences and situations, and to skillfully convey their intended meaning in a variety of genres to readers of professional documents.
The course provides students with an understanding of the logic behind effective stylistic decisions and the tools for making those decisions as they revise written discourse. Students work on examples that the professor provides as well as samples of their own writing.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
• Write standardized American English prose correctly and effectively.
• Identify syntactic elements of sentences.
• Revise quickly and appropriately.
• Articulate the logic behind revisions (as shown through assignments and in-class participation).
• Construct syntactic structures that reveal intended emphasis.
• Create cohesive paragraphs.
• Punctuate sentences effectively.
• Set an appropriate tone.
• Create a style that is appropriate for specific purposes and audiences
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Instruction centers on lectures and class workshops. Many workshops focus on discussing students' solutions to assigned exercises. Students get lots of practice through online and offline practice exercises.
Class assignments and grading
Short daily exercises to be turned in and also discussed in class. See the syllabus: http://faculty.washington.edu/jansp/TC422/Syllabus/syllabus.htm
Homework, quizzes, class participation. Please see the course Web site for more information (http://faculty.washington.edu/jansp/TC422)