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Unformatted text preview: 1 First-Year Writing Program Fall 2010 Course Descriptions General Description of 76-100, Reading and Writing in an Academic Context 9 units 76-100 is an academic reading and writing course for multilingual students, especially those who are not native speakers of English or who consider English to be their weaker language. The course, designed as a prerequisite for 76-101, emphasizes reading comprehension strategies for reading a variety of text types in English (e.g., journalism, textbook selections, popular press arguments, and academic journal articles). Throughout the semester, students use these sources to write summaries and short position papers. The course introduces students to readers' expectations for North American rhetorical style at the sentence, paragraph, and whole text or genre levels. Within the course, we discuss explicit genre and linguistic norms for writing in academic English so that writers can connect with their readers, and we help students develop mastery over their literate processes for effective, advanced reading and writing in English. Students who take this course qualify through an online placement test that is administered through the university prior to the fall semester. (All sections are offered MWF) Each 76-100 course is structured by the reading and writing objectives of the course as well as a vocabulary for writing in English, but some courses present different themes (or content) in their readings. These themes and their related questions are posted below so that students can select a topic that interests them. Section A D. Zawodny Wetzel 10:30-11:20 AM Digital Selves in a Real World In this section of 76-100, we will read a variety of different texts that discuss to what extent technology and social media shape the identity of its users, particularly the users considered by some to be the “net generation.” Students will use these readings to build reader-centered, advanced academic English literacy practices for drawing on sources for writing academic papers. Throughout the semester, students will learn summarize, compare, and synthesize authors before writing their own position about so-called “digital identities.” By the end of the course, students will submit a portfolio of their semester’s work, including their authored texts about the course theme and their texts about their writing processes and error patterns. PLEASE NOTE: In this section of 76-100, students will be required to use an experimental web-based tool for annotating texts and for conducting peer review. This program is free to use, but its use is still experimental. Students who enroll in this class will be asked to give critical feedback about the use of this tool for teaching writing at Carnegie Mellon. 2 Section B P. Reddy 11:30-12:20 PM Whose English is it anyway?: A Language at the Crossroads With so many people around the world using English to communicate with each other, there are critical consequences on how it shapes our identities in our own cultural spaces, and how it...
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