ENGLISH 250                                                                                           OFFICE: SS106
PRACTICAL WRITING                                                                            MWF 11;TUTH 10:00
LOZANO                                                                                                  PHONE: 848-4843

                                                 VILLASEÑOR, MACHO!


English 101 is an introductory writing course designed to prepare students for first year college composition. The course consists of the reading of and responding to model essays and longer works, the planning of student paragraphs and essays, the review of sentence structure, and the writing of short and long papers, including a research project. Students will be exposed to a variety of methods of generating ideas and organizing material so that the actual writing process becomes a manageable experience. In addition, considerable attention will be given to the process of revising and evaluating written work.


The text AIRBORNE will serve as the basis for instruction in writing technique. Students will complete a number of short writing and grammar exercises from the text as preparation for longer papers. Students will read the novel MACHO! over the course of the semester and have the opportunity to discuss the book with other students and then to write analytically about it. Throughout the course students will also write ½ to one page personal responses to readings and topics assigned inside and outside of class. Students will also take the English Department writing test, a 50 minute in-class writing exam, at the end of the semester. There will be extensive work done in class to prepare for this exam. In addition to regular class hours, students will also spend an hour each week in the Literacy Lounge working on their writing skills and once the semester is under way, one class meeting a week in the computer classroom. In addition there will be opportunities for creative responses to the literature read in class.


Grades will be computed by averaging ungraded assignments (responses, textbook exercises, short writing assignments), which will be evaluated according to the number completed out of the number assigned, graded papers, writing test work (the practices and the exam), and Literacy Lounge hours.


Papers must be typewritten and turned in at the beginning of class on the day assigned. All work should be identified by name, date, and assignment. In-class assignments and journals must be completed in ink. Students may submit rewritten papers for an improved grade within one week after an assignment has been returned. Students are allowed five absences, but such a number of absences is not recommended because absences seriously impede progress in the course.


English 250 provides a solid basis in writing instruction. Students who work hard can not only expect to improve their writing skills, but to gain mastery over processes that will help them move successfully through the rest of their college courses.


* Students requiring special services or arrangements because of hearing, visual, or other disability should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disabled Student Services Office.

**Occupational/Vocational Students: Limited English language skills will not be a barrier to admittance to and participation in vocational education programs.

***Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity. Violations such as cheating and plagiarism will result in disciplinary action which may include recommendation for dismissal.