99年第2學期-0088 英文作文（一） 課程資訊
|Graded essays||60||There will be at least 3 essays that students will need to write, using course skills.|
|Exams||40||The exams will be sit-down tests where students will need to write essays using the course skills.|
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to write polished, organized expository essays (essays that explain something) on familiar topics in an academic way. Students should be able to begin to recognize and produce writing for basic descriptive and academic genres. Such writing typically includes a controlling idea (an argument that is expressed in a topic sentence for a paragraph and a thesis statement for essays), an organization pattern (such as enumeration and compare-contrast), and support (using examples, statistics, anecdotes, etc.) that shows unity with the controlling idea and logical ordering. Students’ writing should also include appropriate language suitable for the type of writing they are doing. Finally, students should understand that writing is a creative process.
CompOral 1 is a required first-year writing and speaking course. The composition component, which introduces students to the writing process and to the conventions of written English, teaches students to write grammatically accurate sentences, well-formed paragraphs with clear topic sentences and supporting details, and coherent short essays. The oral component helps students improve their ability to communicate in accurate, fluent English. Written assignments may include journals, paragraphs, and short essays while oral assignments may include pronunciation exercises, role－play activities, panel discussions, group discussions, impromptu presentations, and planned speeches.
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You mainly need the coursepack provided by Prof. Yin. Other Composition I teachers may require the book Refining Composition Skills: Rhetoric and Grammar, 5th edition, by Smalley, Ruetten, & Kozyrev; if you can borrow a copy or afford one, it can be a useful reference for you, but it is not essential for my class.