Shandong University at Weihai
School of Translation & Interpretation
ENGLISH WRITING II
Course Leader – Professor David Ojah
Group – Sophomores September 2011
WELCOME TO ENGLISH WRITING II
Students will be exposed to the English Language system and writing theories, and the ‘western way’ of communication in writing. This course is
designed to refine and extend the student’s ability to understand ‘the writing process’ and compose English essays, for example. Reinforcement of
concepts will be emphasized during practical writing sessions. Students will engage in weekly, meaningful formal and/or informal writing tasks in their Writing class and/or at home. Teaching Sessions including ‘practical work’ performed by the student under the Teacher’s supervision, should be ‘sufficient support’ to allow the student to successfully complete ‘tasks’ set by the Teacher.
At the end of this course, the students will be able to do the following:
; Understand, interpret and prepare common English Documents;
Correspondence and write Essays.
; Understand and gain exposure to Academic Research and write their
; Develop sound test-taking strategies and study skills.
; Understand and follow oral and written instructions. Course Description
The Course will build on the foundation set in Term II of your academic year [2010-2011].
* Writing – Essays
* General Correspondence
* Letters – Personal and Business
* Academic Research
Teaching will include:
* How to Study English
* Cultural Differences
* How to Approach the Study of Writing
* The introduction and explanation of Writing Theory.
* Regular ‘Writing Sessions’ to allow students to practice their
* Exam Technique
* Textbook - A Basic Course in Writing II
* Course Supplement
* Oxford – Dictionary of English or similar title
Class Attendance & Participation: 20% Assignments: 20%
Final exam: 40%
Students – will be advised of Test and Assignments (dates) accordingly.
Syllabus – English Writing II
Course Schedule (subject to change):
Week 1: Introduction to the Course
Week 2: Chapter Six – Essay Compositions
Week 3: Chapter Six – Theory
Week 4: Chapter Six – Theory
Week 5: Holidays
Week 6: Chapter Six – Writing Practice
Week 7: Test
Week 8: Test Results – Feedback - Chapter Seven – Assignment #1 Week 9: Test Results – Feedback - Chapter Seven – Correspondence Week10: Chapter Seven – Letters
Week11: Chapter Seven - Resumes
Week12: Chapter 8 - Academic Research - Assignment #2 Week13: Chapter 8 - Academic Research – Library
Week14: Chapter 8 - Academic Research – Assignment #2 Week15: Comments – Course Review
Week16: Exam Review – End of Course
Week 17: Exam
What I expect from students?
To be prepared for the Lesson Before the Lecture To do the work given by the Teacher Bring your required ‘materials’ to every class
To participate actively in Class Exercises and
Assessments During the Lecture To review the material taught To prepare and rewrite their ‘Notes’ accordingly After the Lecture Ideas to Improve you’re Writing Skills
- Form a Writing Study Group, help each other. st- Read widely. [21 Century newspaper]
Why? For Information on Topics you will write about in the future. - Where and what? Use the resources in the Library.
; To achieve success in the Course and benefit accordingly, it is in
his/her interest to prepare ‘academically’ well before the Class,
during the Class and after the Class in an appropriate manner.
; The students are expected to consult the class schedule, given below,
and do the assigned reading before every class. Students are not
expected to understand the entire reading, but they are expected to
make a serious effort to understand it and to bring to class questions
they have about the text. Each person must do his or her own work.
; The students are expected to arrive punctually and attend every class. Any and all
absences must be approved by the designated authority only. Students with more
than three excused absences will be reported to the administrative office. Students
who are absent without an excuse will not be allowed to make up assignments or
sit tests. Please be guided accordingly.
University Policy on cheating: Any copied or plagiarized work will receive No credit and the responsible student(s) will risk failing the course.
th16 Weeks Teaching period Dates: September 5 – December 23rd
thWeek 17 Exam period Dates: December 26 2011
Prepared by: David Ojah
Shandong University - Weihai
Updated: September 28th, 2011.