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Writing (1) Course Outline

Course Code: ENGL 1325

2nd Semester 2011-2012

Class Meetings: Sat. Mon., Wed.: 11-12 a.m.

Sun. Tue.: 8-9:30/9:30-11 a.m.

Instructor: Dr. Sadek Firwana

Office: Administration Building/ Quality Unit Office Phone: 1020


Office Hours: Sat., Mon., Wed: 12 1:30

Sun., Tue. 11-12:30

Course Description
This course intends to consolidate students knowledge of paragraph structure,
organization, and function. The course will also reinforce paragraph composition
skills and introduce students to the practice of paragraph writing for academic
purposes. It will prepare students for work in high level English writing courses.
Moreover, this course will focus on grammatical aspects and rhetorical functions that
contribute to the paragraph type.
Course learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, students are expected to be able to:
1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of basic paragraph structure, including
topic sentence, supporting sentences and conclusion;
2. Employ the various stages of the writing process, including pre-writing,
writing and re-writing;
3. Demonstrate ability to write for an academic audience;
4. Demonstrate understanding of and apply the principles of effective paragraph
5. Write concise sentences;
6. Recognize and correct basic grammatical errors, specifically errors of
subject/verb agreement, verb tense, pronoun agreement, usage of prepositions
and articles;
7. Improve academic and idiomatic vocabulary;
8. Employ socially appropriate language;
9. Read, analyze and respond to assigned readings with an understanding of
structure and mechanics.

Course topics will include the following:
1. Paragraph structure (topic sentence, supporting examples, transition sentence)
2. Writing process (pre-writing, writing, re-writing)
3. Grammar & mechanics as needed
Method of Instruction:
1. Lecture
2. In-class composition
3. Journal writing
Types of Assignments:
1. Short papers
2. Assigned readings
3. Independent reading
4. Class presentation

Distribution of course content throughout the semester:

Week Points to be covered Week Points to be covered
Week #1 & 2 - Introduction to the Week #8 & 9 Chapter 4
Course. Describing Places
- Chapter 1:
Introducing People
Week #3 & 4 Chapter 2 Week #10 & 11 Chapter 5
Listing-order Stating Reasons &
Paragraphs Using Examples

Week #5 & 6 Chapter 3 Week #12, 13 & 14 Chapter 6

Giving Instructions Expressing yourself

Week #7, Revision & Midterm Exam Week #15 Revision & 2nd Midterm
Attendance Policy:
It is very important that you attend all of your classes. The Islamic University of Gaza
policy states the following:
A student at the Islamic University of Gaza is expected to attend at least 75% of
classes in order to progress satisfactorily toward completion of course
objectives. A student who is not meeting course objectives may be withdrawn
from the course at the discretion of the instructor. If you must be absent from
class, it is your responsibility to find out what work you missed in class, as well
as any homework assignments and announcements about tests.

Course Evaluation:
The following categories and percentages represent how your final grade will be
Attendance and Portfolio 20%
Two midterm exams 40% (20% each)
Final exam 40%

Course Textbook:
First Steps in Academic Writing by Ann Hogue. Pearson Longman (2008).

Useful References
1. Boardman, C. & Frydenberg, J. (2008). Writing to Communicate:
Paragraphs and Essays. White Plains, New York: Pearson Education, Inc.
2. Langan, J. (2010). Exploring writing: Sentences and Paragraphs. New York: