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Spring 2013 Course Descriptions

English 3001  Advanced Composition (7 Sections)

Section 001   CRN 31592 
Advanced Composition    0800-0915 TR

This course should develop your skills in reading carefully, deeply, and analytically, while helping you recognize not just what writers say, but how they say it. Your writing will entail such modes as reflection, critique, and imitation, and will culminate in a research project of your own choosing. To succeed in this course, you must be willing to work without constant teacher intervention. You will work independently on individualized and group projects and problem solving. (Group 1)

Section 002     CRN 31593

Advanced Composition    0930-1045 TR

This course aims to build on and refine existing writing skills. Students will pursue a number of sequenced writing projects and exercises (project proposals, peer reviews, literature review, planning notes, etc.). The semester's work will culminate in a research assignment in each student's major area. The course design assumes students will be self-motivated, and work independently as well as with others by assisting classmates in their work and accepting their commentary in the process of prewriting, writing and revision. (Group 1)

Sections 003 & 006          CRN 31594 & CRN 31597
Jad Smith

Advanced Composition    1100-1215 TR & 1400-1515 TR

This advanced course covers a range of academic and professional writing and requires the development of skills in the following areas: analysis and critical thinking; review of scholarly literature in a discipline; collaboration and peer review; oral and visual communication; résumé and letter writing; and portfolio construction. Students will be expected to complete a variety of writing tasks; to give oral presentations; to read and discuss challenging academic texts, as well as take mid-term and final exams. (Group 1)

Section 004   CRN 31595
Advanced Composition    1230-1345 TR

"You write the best you can, and you take your chances," Raymond Carver has written. This class will explore the truth and challenge of that statement, with an emphasis on developing voice, thematic and rhetorical focus, and a sense of audience in your writing. The work will involve a series of short papers, and the class will run as a workshop. (Group 1)

Section 005     CRN 31596

Advanced Composition    1400-1450 MWF

We will practice the art of the sentence, the paragraph, and the essay, with as much room for improvement as a semester allows. Some writing will be on assigned topics; some, on topics of your devising. Some writing will be for a specific audience; some, for an imagined general reader. Some writing will be practical; some will involve the mind at play. All work in the course will emphasize revision as a necessary practice in writing. (I’ve made fifteen small revisions in writing this description.) The possibilities for our writing will come from reading: about culture, education, and technology.

In the world beyond college, you’ll be the one responsible for the shape your writing skills are in. This course offers you an opportunity to get those skills in better shape now.

Requirements: The course will require dedicated daily work (reading and talking) and considerable writing. (Group 1)

Section 007     CRN 31598

Advanced Composition    1530-1645 TR

A writing course is more useful and interesting if it has a central focus; ours will be the world of work, especially your own future career. More specifically, students will study and write about the effects of gender, race and social class in “professional” workplaces, that is, the kind of work environments in which most EIU students will find themselves after graduation. Students in this course will improve both their writing skills and their understanding of key elements of their own future professional lives. Because we will have a smaller group than those in most EIU courses, individual writing problems will receive close attention, both from the instructor and from classmates. Requirements: regular quizzes, graded peer reviews, two short essays, an extensive research project, and a final exam. (Group 1)