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W131ML+Fall+2011+Syllabus (3) - ENGLISH W131ML Composition...

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ENGLISH W131ML: Composition for Multilingual Writers ENG W131-2874/9111 (MWF 2:30-3:20/3:35-4:25 p.m.) • AC C102 Fall 2011 ______________________________________________________ INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION Name Mark Harrison Office BH 473 Phone 5-xxxx Office Hours T 2:30-3:30, W 1:00-2:00 or by appointment E-mail [email protected] _______________________________________________________ COURSE DESCRIPTION AND GOALS ENG W131 is designed to introduce you to college-level reading, writing and research as a multivocal process. In this course, you will investigate an issue critically and rhetorically, which means you will inquire deeply into an issue that arises from a particular context, articulate a research question from that inquiry, and develop an informed and complex response to that question. By completing a sequenced writing project, you will learn the capacities for strong academic writing, including ways of reading, investigating, reasoning, questioning, and inventing ideas. We will look at how writing changes when used for different purposes, and how genres of academic writing are shaped for different audiences and contexts. And we will consider how you negotiate languages, discourses, and texts. Because this is a section designed for multilingual writers and non-native speakers of English, we will also spend time studying relevant linguistic and discursive elements of academic writing that might less familiar to you. You should not expect dramatic change in every aspect of your writing after only one semester; improvement is gradual and only occurs with much practice over time. However, by the end of the semester you can expect to: learn fundamental principles of audience awareness, analysis, support, and “moves”; understand argument as synthesizing multiple perspectives in order to formulate a complex idea; practice developing your ideas fully and clearly; locate, evaluate, and integrate outside sources (or “voices”) into your own writing more expertly; gain more control over focus, organization, language, and style in your writing; understand revision as an integral part of the writing process. REQUIRED MATERIALS From Inquiry to Academic Writing: A Text and Reader, Second Edition by Greene and Lidinsky ( TIS and IU Bookstore ) Rules for Writers, Sixth Edition by Hacker ( TIS and IU Bookstore ) Additional handouts or readings in Oncourse (you must print these and bring them to class)  “many-voiced” of or relating to “back-and-forth” communication Name – Fall 2011 - 1
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Access to the following software: Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat Reader, a Web browser, and a working Indiana University e-mail account (available on any STC computer across campus) Name – Fall 2011 - 2
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ATTENDANCE Classes like ENG W131 are most successful when we build intellectual community together. Because this class is conducted like a workshop rather than a lecture, attendance is required at all class sessions and conferences. The standard attendance policy for ENG W131 allows you 3 absences over the whole semester, so please save them for illnesses and emergencies. More than 3 absences will result in your final grade being dropped by 1/3 of a letter grade for each additional absence (for example, from B to B-).
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