WRITING 120 - College Writing for International Students
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Sweetland Center for Writing (WRITING)
Department: LSA Sweetland Writing Center
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A maximum of two elections of ELI 120 and WRITING 120 is allowed.
May be elected twice for credit.
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This three-credits course is intended for all students who feel most comfortable with academic writing in a language other than English. It will guide you to typical university writing practices, including an emphasis on developing well-researched, properly cited papers. You 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 writing. Specifically, you will:

    • Learn about academic genres of reading and writing;
    • Develop critical reading strategies for rhetorical principles of audience, purpose and argumentative techniques;
    • Conduct sequenced readings and writing, with a researched paper as major assignment;
    • Revise your papers both individually and collaboratively for content, organization, and argumentation;
    • Learn to edit your papers for language clarity and appropriate format;
    • Develop insights into your strengths and weaknesses as writers through reflective writing and the creation of an electronic writing portfolio;
    • Develop a rhetorical perspective on multilingualism;
    • Develop and negotiate your identities in writing.

Please see student testimonials at https://lsa.umich.edu/sweetland/undergraduates/courses/writing-120.html.

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:

The class meets 90 mins twice a week in a seminar style with a mixture of small group and full class discussions, peer reviews, writing workshops, and occasional and brief instruction.

WRITING 120 - College Writing for International Students
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9780393905342
"They Say / I Say" The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, Author: Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein 3RD
ISBN: 1319057403
A Pocket Style Manual 8th Edition, Author: Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers 8TH
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