1. Introduction to the course: How is writing like a hamburger? Goals of the course and introduction to paragraph structure. Diagnostic assignment: write a short paragraph with an appropriate topic sentence, supporting sentences, and concluding sentence.
2. First-language interference
3. Word choice and collocation
4. Academic vocabulary, vocabulary misuse and overuse
5. Writing style
7. Unity and Coherence. Conjunctions, transition words, and narrative tenses. Assignment: chronological order paragraph "My morning routine"
8. Workshop #1: Prewriting and the process essay. Instructor provides a guideline for essay structure and how to expand from a paragraph to an essay. Using the previous assignment as a base, discuss the steps of prewriting and apply in small groups toward the goal of writing a process essay. Review narrative tenses and transition signals for chronological order.
9. Peer review workshop. Pair assessment of homework assignment and revision. Examining paragraphs for problems of clarity, word choice, grammar and appropriate signposting.
10. Fact, opinion and conjecture. How to identify strong and weak arguments, supported and unsupported statements, and verifiable facts. Final version of process essay due.
11. Workshop #2 Cause and effect essay. The instructor will provide a guideline to how to structure a cause and effect essay, and students will use time in class to generate a prewriting plan. Homework assignment: write the first draft of a short cause and effect essay.
12. Peer review workshop. Pair assessment of homework assignment and revision. Examining paragraphs for problems of clarity, word choice, grammar and appropriate signposting.
13. Reflecting on the writing process. In-class assignment: Begin writing a short essay discussing the issues you have encountered with your own writing and possible ways to address these problems. You can complete it as homework if necessary. Final version of cause and effect essay due.
14. Presentation and discussion. Each student briefly describes the main writing issue or problem s/he has identified through reflection, and how s/he plans to address it. Final version of reflective essay due.