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Instructor Class Description

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Kelvin Keown
TWRT 111
Tacoma Campus

Discourse Foundations

Helps improve academic writing skills. Students must enroll concurrently in another writing course. Teaches reading skills to comprehend and analyze complex texts, review and analyze grammar structures as they appear in academic writing, and build advanced vocabulary skills. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

Student learning goals

Students will learn the 500 most essential academic words and use them in their writing.

Students will understand the vital parts of a sentence and be able to identify sentence-level problems in their own writing.

Students will enhance their understanding of the most salient grammar forms that appear in academic writing.

Students will be able to write with cohesion (aka "flow").

General method of instruction

Students and the instructor will review vocabulary exercises for a few minutes each class and discuss the reading from "They Say, I Say." The instructor will also demonstrate grammatical and rhetorical concepts, then engage students in problem-solving activities.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

This is a "credit or no credit" course. Students will receive credit when they fulfill the expectations of the course. If they do not complete the required project--a course portfolio-- they will not receive credit.


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 Kelvin Keown
Date: 12/15/2011