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English 110: Critical Reading and Writing 1
The American Business School in Paris
The objective of this class is to develop students' abilities to read
analytically and write clearly, using literature to illustrate how
messages can be conveyed and constructed. Special attention will also
be paid to editing and peer analysis.
majority of classes will be devoted to the analysis of a particular
text. Class discussion will allow students to explore how a particular
writer has structured his/her text and used language to communicate
his/her ideas, emotions or opinions.
There are three different types of written work:
- Rewritten texts are homework assignments that
have been evaluated by the teacher and other students for effectiveness
and language use, and then rewritten.
- In-class essays are written under controlled
conditions during class time; students will be told when these will
take place in advance so that they can bring a dictionary. Single submissions are essays that are written at home but may not be rewritten for a grade.
- Vocabulary checks are short tests based on vocabulary items taken from texts discussed in class; grammar checks are short tests based on chapters in the assigned grammar book.
- Writing Academic English, Oshima & Hogue, Addison Wesley Longman, 4th edition, 2006
- English Grammar in Use, Murphy, Cambridge University Press, 3rd Edition, 2004
- Test Your Idioms, Watcyn-Jones, Penguin, 4th edition, 2004
- The Outsider, Albert Camus, Penguin
50% of the final grade will be
based on written work, 25% on vocabulary and grammar checks and 25% on
class participation. In this context, "participation" means that
students demonstrate that they have read and thought about the text by
contributing ideas to the class discussion in an orderly manner and by
taking other people's contributions into account.