Effective Writing

Syllabus


Wesleyan University-Philippines                                                                                 English 311- Effective Writing
College of Arts and Sciences                                                                                                           Credit: 3 units
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 A course on the basic principles of effective writing in English.
 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

 At the end of the course, the students are expected to:

 Cognitive
acquire knowledge of the principles of effective writing and the writing process.

 Affective
understand that the main goal of writing is to communicate one’s ideas.

 Psychomotor
apply the knowledge gained from the course in writing compositions.
 

METHODOLOGY

 Lectures
 Written exercises
Critiquing sessions
 

COURSE OUTLINE
 

  Topic                                                                                                Timeline
COURSE ORIENTATION
1 week
THE WRITING PROCESS
          Planning
2 weeks
          Drafting
2 weeks
          Revising
2 weeks
WAYS OF EXPRESSING IDEAS  
          Narration 
1 week
          Description 
1 week
          Process Analysis
1 week
          Comparison and Contrast 
1 week
          Classification
1 week
          Definition
1 week
          Causal Analysis 
1 week
          Analogy 
1 week
SUBSTANCE
1 week
SHAPE
1 week
STYLE
1 week

18 weeks

CONSULTATION HOURS

           Monday to Friday      2:00 – 3:00 PM
 

GRADING SYSTEM

           Periodical Examinations--------------- 40%
           Academic Exercises: 
           Quizzes/Homework/Reports--------- 40%
           Class Participation---------------------- 10%
           Attendance--------------------------------- 10%

REFERENCES

Guzman, Arcines and Penaflorida. (1985) Guided Expository Writing, Quezon City. Katha Publishing Co.

Lanon, John M. (1988) The Writing Process., 3rd edition. Southern Massachusetts    University.

Towery, Allen and Jeenet J. Daigle. (1989) Brief Workbook for Writers, 2nd edition. New Jersey. Prentice Hall.

Tiempo,  Edilberto and Edith Tiempo. (1980) College Writing and Reading. Manila, Rex Bookstore.
 
 

Online Reference Materials



 


Planning/Starting to Write

Planning (Invention)

When You Start to Write

Thought Starters (Asking the Right Questions)
 
 

Effective Writing

Adding Emphasis

Argumentation/Persuasion: Logic in Argumentative Writing

Coherence

Conciseness: Methods of Eliminating Wordiness

Coping with Writing Anxiety

Developing an Outline

Sample Outline

Non-Sexist Language

Overcoming Writer's Block

The Paragraph

Paragraphing (length consistency)

Sentence Variety

Strategies for Improving Sentence Clarity

Transitional Devices (Connecting Words)

Using Metaphors in Creative Writing

Writing a Thesis Statement

Writing With Computers
 
 

Revising/Editing/Proofreading

Editing and Proofreading Strategies for Revision

Higher Order Concerns (HOCs) and Lower Order Concerns (LOCs)

Proofreading for Commas

Proofreading Strategies

Proofreading Your Paper

Steps in Editing (proofreading) Your Papers
 
 
 

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