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 5 to October 21. 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 24 to December 11. For description, see ECB 100.

106. 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 Transfer Writing Practicum 106 is a two (2) credit course offered September 5 to October 21. Students are placed into Transfer Writing Practicum on the basis of their assessment essay. Each section of ECB106 has a maximum of 16 students who meet with their instructors four hours each week in class and once a week in half-hour individual conferences. The writing instruction is designed to meet individual needs. At the end of the practicum, each student prepares a portfolio and the post-test. Practicum students are assigned to the appropriate level of the College writing program.

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 24 to December 11. For description, see ECB 106.

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

This seminar prepares a select group of students to join the ECB Peer Tutoring Program and serve as writing consultants to other undergraduates who need help with their writing. Students read and discuss theories of composition and learn about writing in the different disciplines as they begin, under supervision, to practice- tutor. Class discussions focus on such issues as how to analyze writing assignments ; recognize the strengths and weaknesses in sample papers; revise and edit one's own work and teach these techniques to one's peers. Writing assignments include a critique of one of the assigned readings, an analysis of writing in the student's field of concentration, and a report/analysis of the student's tutoring experience. Registration by override only. (Isaacson)

301. Directed Peer Tutoring. ECB 300. (1-3). (Excl).Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (EXPERIENTIAL).

This is Peer Tutoring for credit. Those who enroll for 1 credit will tutor 2 hours per week, for 2 credits 3 hours per week, for 3 credits 4 hours per week. In addition all Peer Tutors meet one hour a week for a discussion session. The weekly meeting serves for planning and administration of work being carried on by a large number of people at various venues across the campus. It is also used for further professional development, carried out through readings and writing projects.


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