Courses in English Composition Board (Division 360)


Placement in ECB Writing Practicum or Transfer Writing Practicum is determined by portfolios, which students are required to submit prior to their orientation. All entering LS&A students and all students required by their program must submit a portfolio. After evaluating the portfolio, 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: 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. Students who receive placements that include Writing Workshop must come to the ECB Writing Workshop, 1111 Angell Hall, during their first term of enrollment to receive writing instruction before being certified. No student with a Writing Workshop placement may graduate without certification.

Students are welcome to visit the ECB office at 1111 Angell Hall to schedule an appointment to discuss their writing assessment or to ask for course information.

Writing Practicum

Those students placed in Writing Practicum courses must enroll in an ECB Writing Practicum as the first part of their writing requirement. No substitute will satisfy the College writing requirement.

ECB Practicum courses meet for 4 hours a week in sections of 16 students. In addition, each student has a required weekly half hour conference with the instructor. 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 Touch Tone Registration.

Junior/Senior Writing Requirement

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.

104. 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 Practicum 104 is a two (2) credit course. Students are placed into Practicum on the basis of their portfolio. Writing instruction is designed to meet individual needs. At the end of the Practicum, each student assembles a portfolio which is read by two ECB lecturers. On the basis of writing skills demonstrated in the portfolio, students are assigned to the appropriate level of the College writing program.

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