| Course objectives Upon completing the course, students will be able to: |
construct meaningful sentences in English; learn to compose a paragraph that has a clearly stated topic sentence and details; use appropriate coordination and subordination skills to relate ideas.
identify and correct common sentence problems: fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences, dangling modifiers and agreement errors.
Compose paragraphs that have clearly stated topic sentences and supporting details. Write a well-structured essay of different types (descriptive, narrative, expository and argumentative)
|Course Description Sentence level writing: sentence structure, sentence types, functional and structural category, common sentence errors (fragments, comma splices, run-on sentences, dangling modifiers and agreement errors); Paragraph level writing : paragraph, topic sentence and supporting details, structure, essentials of a paragraph, basic types of paragraphs( expository, narrative, descriptive and argumentative ) and techniques of paragraph development; essay level writing : structure of an essay, thesis statement and supporting paragraphs, types of essays and techniques of essay development.|
English Basic Writing Skills
Basic writing skills Writing is a necessary skill in mastering the English language. It is particularly critical in learning English as a Second Language. For learners, writing is much more difficult, complex, and challenging to master than speaking, as it involves handwriting, spelling, flow, and punctuations, as well as the need to generate and organize ideas into comprehensible texts. Students lack an understanding of the compositional aspect of English writing and do not view their English written texts as a means of communication. So, to overcome these challenges they need to master writing skills basic. These basic writing skills include spelling, capitalization, punctuation, handwriting and keyboarding, and sentence structure (e.g., learning to eliminate run-ons and sentence fragments). Basic writing skills are sometimes called the “mechanics” of writing. Also, the content, organizations, vocabulary and mechanics are very crucial for students. Improving writing skills is a key to academic success that needs to be mastered by every student. The next two ideas are among very important way that students should follow to be successful in writing skills: - Read, Read and Read The most important thing in the world to a writer is reading. It’s one thing to have a great idea in your head but if you don’t know how to put it down in words, it won’t do you any good. Reading allows writers to understand how words can be used and how they can affect readers. It’s also a way for writers to see what other people are doing with their skills and learn from them. - Write Every Day If you want your writing skills to improve, then you need to write every day. You’ll find that when you start writing more often, it will become easier and easier each time until one day it becomes second nature and something that is no longer difficult for you.