WRITING 120 - College Writing for International and Multilingual Students
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Sweetland Center for Writing (WRITING)
Department: LSA Sweetland Writing Center
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Other Course Info:
A maximum of two elections of ELI 120 and WRITING 120 is allowed.
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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WRITING 120 is intended for all students who feel most comfortable with academic writing in a language other than English. This course is designed to help students develop their general and academic writing abilities in English as an additional language. Students will develop written fluency and improve command over textual, rhetorical, grammatical, and discursive conventions common in a variety of academic disciplines with the aim of developing a rhetorical perspective on multilingualism as it relates to academic writing. To that end, students will:

    • Develop critical reading strategies and draw upon models of successful writing that will inform their own writing;
    • Revise their papers both individually and collaboratively for content, organization, and argumentation;
    • Learn to edit their papers for language clarity and appropriate format;
    • Learn to research in the university’s library databases, evaluate source credibility, and use appropriate documentation styles in research papers;
    • Develop insights into their strengths and weaknesses as writers through reflective writing and the creation of an electronic writing portfolio;
    • In individual meetings with their instructor, define goals for themselves as writers that may inform their literacy practices beyond the course and afford them the confidence to meet writing challenges at the college level.

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Course Requirements:

    • Writing in a variety of genres and media, totaling the equivalent of 25 pp. of polished writing (4-6 papers or projects)
    • Revision of all major writing projects and participation in peer review and writing workshops
    • Completion of an electronic portfolio that fosters self-reflection and demonstrates progress in writing
    • Regular participation in a course blog to practice low-stakes writing and foster a sense of audience
    • Regular one-to-one meetings with instructor
    • Regular class attendance and engagement
    • Completion of all reading assignments, and additional low-stakes writing assignments

Intended Audience:

Multilingual and international undergraduate students.

Class Format:

Instruction Mode: Weekly homework activities (readings, short writing practice assignments, online grammar exercises and discussions) will be completed asynchronously. Major essay assignments will also be completed and submitted asynchronously. Synchronous class sessions will include brief lectures and explanations by the instructor, full group Q&A sessions and discussions about the course material, and an emphasis on small-group breakout room activities (including exercises to practice developing and expressing arguments in English and peer review of essay drafts). Each student also will participate in three individual conferences with the instructor.

Learning Mode: We will use Canvas for all asynchronous course activities, and Zoom for all or most synchronous course activities. Students should have access to an internet-connected device (laptop, tablet, etc.) with camera and microphone.

Course Testing/Assessment: No tests. Asynchronous online homework activities will be graded for completion. Major graded assignments -- three essays, eight peer review letters, and a final project -- will all be completed and submitted asynchronously.


WRITING 120 - College Writing for International and Multilingual Students
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
Note: This course open to UNDERGRADUATES only.

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