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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: ESOL 105
Course Title: Written Communication Skills II
Number of:
Credit Hours 5
Lecture Hours 8
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course continues to help 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. Prerequisite: ESOL 101 or placement in the advanced level of the ESOL Program.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

ESOL 101 or placement in the advanced level of the ESOL Program.

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 4: Reading and Writing
By Daise, Debra, Charl Norloff and Paul Carne ( )
Oxford American Dictionary for Learners of English
( )
Course Objectives
  • To connect ideas across texts and/or readings.
  • To develop an ability to express ideas, reactions, and opinions 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 apply information to own experience.
Measurable Learning


  • 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 essays.
  • Describe and explain tables and charts to categorize and/or clarify relationships between ideas and to focus on main points.
  • Create hooks, thesis statements, and topic sentences.
  • Recognize the importance of planning, peer feedback, editing, and self-assessment in writing.
  • Apply their understanding of vocabulary and grammar to add variety to writing.
  • Demonstrate an ability to plan and write five-paragraph essays of different genres.
Topical Outline:


In connection with its counterpart (ESOL104: Oral Communication Skills II), this course covers the following high-interest topics and language skills:

  •  Power and Responsibility: previewing and predicting; using the dictionary; writing a well-structured paragraph; restrictive relative clauses
  • Appearances: annotating and highlighting a text;  collocations with nouns;  writing a descriptive essay;  definite and indefinite articles
  •  Growing Up:  making inferences; prefixes and suffixes; organizing a narrative; past perfect
  • Health Care: understanding purpose and text organization; synonyms; organizing a five-paragraph essay; real conditionals
  •  Art Today: compare and contrast organization; using the dictionary to learn homonyms; writing a compare and contrast essay; subordinators and transitions to compare and contrast.
  •  The Science of Food: recognizing bias; cause and effect collocations; write a cause and effect essay; agents with the passive voice.
  • Work and Education: using an outline; word forms; writing a summary; reported speech with the present tense
  • Discovery: understanding the purpose of quoted speech; word roots; writing an opinion essay; adverb phrases of reason
  •  Humans and Nature: taking episodic notes; metaphors; varying sentence patterns; parallel structure and ellipsis
  •  Child's Play: identifying counterarguments and refutations; collocations with prepositions; writing a persuasive essay; adverb clauses of concession

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 24, 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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