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English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP) at Montgomery College

ELAW - Academic Writing

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ELAW 970- English Language Academic Writing I

The first course for ELAP students in a sequence of two courses designed to teach academic writing of American English. Emphasis on appropriate use of a variety of sentence structures, complex verb forms, modifiers, and punctuation, and to produce content based paragraphs in and out of class PREREQUISITE: placement by testing required by the College of non-native speakers of English. Additional laboratory required. Five hours each week. Formerly EL102, AELW920. FIVE EQUIVALENT CREDIT HOURS. NOT APPLICABLE TO A DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE. MAY NOT BE USED TO SATISFY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS. NOT INCLUDED IN GPA CALCULATION.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. The student will be able to use Standard English grammar and mechanics in writings.
2. The student will be able to use high frequency general and academic vocabulary and collocations to explain ideas in writing.
3. The student will be able to use different types of clauses and phrases to add specific details and to show relationships between ideas.
4. The student will be able to paraphrase ideas in basic academic readings.
5. The student will be able to use the writing process to produce well-organized content-based paragraphs of at least 200 words, both in timed in-class assignments and take-home assignments.
6. The student will be able to proofread and edit words and sentences for grammatical accuracy.
7. The student will be able to produce short responses to comprehension questions about basic academic content.
8. The student will be able to use technology (e.g., word processing software) to produce paragraph length documents.
9. The student will be able to perform basic functions on digital devices, including browser navigation and email, to interact and collaborate with classmates or instructors in writing.

ELAW 980 - English Language Academic Writing II
The second course in a sequence of two courses designed to teach academic writing of American English to non- native speakers of English. Emphasis on appropriate use of a variety of sentence structures, complex verb forms, modifiers, and punctuation, and ability to produce content based and expository multi-paragraph compositions in and out of class and short responses to academic readings. PREREQUISITE: placement by testing required by the College of non-native speakers of English or a grade of C or better in ELAW 970 or AELW 920. Additional laboratory required. Five hours each week. Formerly EL103, AELW930. FIVE EQUIVALENT CREDIT HOURS. NOT APPLICABLE TO A DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE. MAY NOT BE USED TO SATISFY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS. NOT INCLUDED IN GPA CALCULATION.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. The student will be able to write sentences and paragraphs using appropriate grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structures
2. The student will be able to write clear, coherent compositions and responses to texts, using a variety of academic grammar structures and vocabulary
3. The student will be able to paraphrase ideas from sources to support ideas in writing.
4. The student will be able to use the writing process to produce well-organized content-based paragraphs and multi-paragraph compositions both in timed in class assignments and outside of class
5. The student will be able to proofread and edit for grammatical accuracy, unity and coherence.
6. The student will be able to paraphrase and write summary/responses to readings, appropriately acknowledging sources.
7. The student will be able to independently use digital devices to produce and edit multi-paragraph documents and to interact and collaborate with professors and classmates.


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