Writing Skills For Second Language Learners: Official Languages And Bilingualism Institute

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Institut des langues officielles et du bilinguisme
Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute
Faculté des arts | Faculty of Arts
70 Laurier E, Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 6N5
 613.562.5743 -  613.562.5126


Writing Skills for Second Language Learners: Advanced Level I
Winter 2015

Jan. 12 to April 14, 2015

Robert Bruff rbruff@uottawa.ca 613-562-5800 ext 3461

Course Schedule: Wednesday 10:00-11:30 SMD 227
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 11:30-12 :30 Friday 8:30-10:00 SMD 322
ART 117 (Language Testing Services)

Course Description

Development and organization of expository prose in formal English. Practice in achieving appropriateness and accuracy of expression; vocabulary development. Auditors are not permitted.

Special Note…
The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute will refuse admission to those students whose English proficiency level is higher or lower than the level of the course in question, or will require students to withdraw from the course if it becomes evident that their proficiency level is clearly higher than that of the course.

Course Objectives

In addition to the objectives for the previous levels (see especially ESL 2121), by the end of the course, students should be able to: produce written text by using the four stages of the writing process (i.e., identifying audience, planning, writing and revision) write grammatically correct and stylistically effective sentences as part of discourse write using various text organization patterns and genres at both the paragraph and text level (e.g., description, narrative, extended definition, procedure, comparison, contrast, cause-effect, argument) perform special writing tasks including journals, summaries of source material, short essay-type exam questions, short essays and other academic assignments understand and practice appropriate citation of sources

Course textbooks and materials

1. Required Textbook:
Essay Essentials with Readings, 6th edition, 20, by S. Norton, B. Green and R Dynes. Copies of this text are available at Agora Bookstore (located at 145 Besserer http://www.agorabookstore.ca/about-us/#Walking%20Directions).
2. Photocopies (handouts) in class.
In order to cover the costs of photocopies, a fee of $5.00 will be charged. This fee will be collected by January 26th. Your cooperation and prompt payment is appreciated.
3. A 3-ring binder.
You will need a three-ring binder to keep course materials organized. You will need to always bring loose leaf paper to class for in-class work
4. A memory stick/USB key
A good detailed English-only dictionary such as the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary or Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English


1-Out of Class Writing Assignments
2-Homework / Exercises
4-Mid-Term Exam
5-Final Exam
30 %
10 %
10 %
20 %
In keeping with Faculty of Arts policies, any final examination worth more than 10% of the final mark in a course cannot be given during class time. It must be given during the official University examination period.

*Special Notes
Graduate students should be aware that to obtain a passing grade in a course, they need 66% (C+).

Homework Assignments and Participation in Class

Out of class writing assignments, readings, exercises from the textbook and supplementary activities will be assigned frequently. Students who are absent or late are expected to verify any information they may have missed with other students or the teacher before the class meets next. Students are expected to do their own work (see the University’s policy on plagiarism on the following page) and to submit that work on the assigned date and time either in class or as an attachment in an email message. Late work will not be accepted.
Use of cell phones or other electronic devices for anything other than working on the task at hand is prohibited during the class period. Students will often be asked to work with