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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: ESOL 101
Course Title: Written Communication Skills I
Number of:
Credit Hours 5
Lecture Hours 8
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course helps students whose primary language is not English develop written language skills necessary for academic work through an integrated program of reading and writing with additional attention to improving grammar and vocabulary skills.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current editions of the following:

Q Skills for Success 3: Reading and Writing
By Gramer, Margot F. and Colin S. Ward ( )
Oxford American Dictionary for Learners of English
( )
Course Objectives
  • To connect ideas across texts and/or readings.
  • To develop an ability to express ideas, reaction and opinons orally and in writing.
  • To learn select vocabulary from the Oxford 3000 and the Academic Word List (AWL).
  • To understand the importance of grammar in the context of language use.
  • To develop an ability to relate information from course material to self.
Measurable Learning Outcomes:


  •  Understand purpose and types of organization patterns to read more critically.
  • Articulate the main ideas and details of a text.
  • Identify patterns of organization in paragraphs.
  • Use glosses, footnotes, pictures, and prior knowledge to aid reading comprehension.
  • Recognize the importance of planning, peer feedback, editing, and self-assessment in writing.
  • Apply understanding of vocabulary and grammar to add variety to writing.
  • Develop and write paragraphs of different genres.
Topical Outline:

In connection with its counterpart (ESOL 102: Oral Communication Skills I), this course covers the following high-interest topics and language skills:   

1.  First Impressions

a.   identifying main ideas and supporting details

b.   using the dictionary

c.   organizing and developing a paragraph

d.   real conditionals: present and future

2.   Food and Taste

a.   previewing a text

b.   use of context to understand words

c.   using descriptive adjectives

d.   use and placement of adjectives

3. Success

a.   scanning a text

b.   collocations

c.   organizing an opinion paragraph

d.   subject-verb agreement

4.  New Perspectives

                            a.   taking notes

                            b.   synonyms

      c.  writing a summary

      d.  parallel structure

5.  Responsibility

a.   using a graphic organizer

b.   phrasal verbs

c.   stating reasons and giving examples

d.   gerunds and infinitives

6.  Advertising

a.   distinguishing facts from opinions

b.   suffixes

c.   writing a letter to the editor

d.   compound sentences

7.   Risk

a.   using referents to understand contrast

b.   using the dictionary

c.   writing a narrative essay

d.   shifts between past and present

8.   CitiesIUrban Lives

a.   making inferences

b.   participles as adjectives

c.   writing a problem/solution  essay; thesis statements

d.   passive voice

 9.   Money

            a.   using a timeline

b.   collocations with nouns

c.   writing a cause/effect essay

d.   complex sentences to show cause and effect

10. Communication

a.   identifying the author's purpose, audience, and tone

b.   using the dictionary

c.   writing an opinion essay with a counter argument

d.   sentence fragments



Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Miranda Wilkerson Date: September 25, 2012
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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