English Composition Board (Division 360)

Placement in ECB Freshman Writing Practicum or Transfer Writing Practicum is determined by the ECB Writing Assessment Test given during orientation to all entering LS&A students and all students required by their program. After the test, the ECB notifies academic units of their students' placements, and the academic unit advisors convey the information to the students. Freshpersons may receive the following placements: ECB Freshman Writing Practicum, Introductory Composition, Introductory Composition with Writing Workshop, Exempt with Writing Workshop or Exemption. Transfer students receive placements of Transfer Writing Practicum, English 220, Exemption with Writing Workshop, or Exemption. A transfer student may enroll in a Transfer Practicum only if that is his/her placement.

Those students placed in ECB practicums must enroll in an ECB course as the first part of their writing requirement. No substitute for the ECB placement will satisfy the College writing requirement.

ECB Practicum courses meet for 2 hours twice a week: in addition each student has a required weekly half hour conference with the instructor. To enroll in the ECB course, students should select a section compatible with their schedule from the LS&A TIME SCHEDULE, from updated course lists at department advising offices, or from the corrected LS&A TIME SCHEDULE outside 1213 Angell Hall. Students should register for their selected section at CRISP.

Any student who fails to attend the first class meeting and has not notified the instructor or department in writing may be dropped from the class by action of the instructor or department. At the same time, students are responsible for their own schedules and must process all drops through CRISP.

Students who receive the placement of Exemption with Writing Workshop come to the ECB Writing Workshop, 1025 Angell Hall, during their first term of enrollment to receive writing instruction before being certified for Exemption. No student with a Mandatory Writing Workshop placement may graduate without certification.

Students are welcome to visit the ECB office at 1025 Angell Hall to discuss their writing assessment test or to ask for course information.

See the introduction to this COURSE GUIDE for information about the LS&A Junior/Senior Writing Requirement and for a list of those courses approved by the ECB for satisfaction of that requirement.

100. Freshman Writing Practicum. ECB Assessment. (2). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (TUTORIAL). May be elected for a total of four credits for any combination of ECB 100-105.

ECB Freshman Writing Practicum 100 is a two credit course offered September 6 to October 22. Students place into Freshman Writing Practicum on the basis of their assessment essay. Each section of ECB 100 has a maximum enrollment of 16. Students meet with their instructor four hours each week in class and once a week in half-hour individual sessions. The writing instruction is designed to meet individual needs. At the end of the Practicum, each student prepares a portfolio of his/her writing and a post test essay which are read and evaluated by ECB lecturers. On the basis of writing skills demonstrated in the portfolio and the post test, Practicum students are assigned to the appropriate level of the College writing program. NOTE: A few sections of ECB 100 are linked to specific content-area courses. These sections meet two hours per week for the full term.

101. Freshman Writing Practicum. ECB Assessment. (2). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (TUTORIAL). May be elected for a total of four credits for any combination of ECB 100-105.

ECB 101 is offered October 25 to December 12. For description, see ECB 100.

107. Transfer Writing Practicum. ECB Assessment. Transfer standing. (2). (English Composition). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (TUTORIAL). May be elected for a total of four credits for any combination of ECB 106-109.

ECB 107 is offered October 25 to December 12. For description, see ECB 106.

300. Seminar in Peer Tutoring. Satisfactory completion of LS&A upper-level writing requirement. (3). (Excl).

This seminar will provide foundations in theories of composition and collaborative learning to prepare select juniors to become peer tutors assisting GSTAs and faculty in ECB upper-level writing courses across the College of LS&A. The course will cover such topics as theories of writing as a process of discovery and critical thought; communication and interpersonal skills, with close attention to relationships between affective and intellectual processes; stimulating and guiding the writing process; examining writing conventions in various academic disciplines as they relate to methodology and theory. Readings in composition theory will accompany readings in theory and practice of students' major fields of study. Sample assignments and papers in various disciplines will be analyzed. Peer review and role-play will alternate with seminar discussions and in the second half of the term students will observe ECB faculty in the writing workshop and begin work with GSTAs. Requirements: students will keep journals, make oral presentations, review and analyze papers presented by classmates and write one short (5-7 page), and two longer (8-10 page) papers for peer review and revision. The second of the longer papers would allow students to relate processes of writing, criticism, and tutoring to the writing they do in their major fields. (Jessup)


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