English Composition Board (Division 360)

Placement in ECB Introductory Tutorial or Transfer Tutorial is determined by the ECB Writing Assessment Test given during orientation to all entering LSA 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. Students receive the following placements: ECB Tutorial, Introductory Composition, Exempt with Writing Workshop or Exemption. Transfer students only receive placements of Transfer Tutorial, English 220, Exemption with Writing Workshop, or Exemption. A transfer student may enroll in a Transfer Tutorial only if that is his/her placement.

Those students placed in ECB Tutorials 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.

To enroll in an ECB course, students should select a section compatible with their schedule from the LSA Time Schedule, from updated course lists at department advising offices, or from the corrected LSA Time Schedule outside l213 Angell Hall. ECB Tutorial courses meet for 2 hours twice a week; in addition each student has a required weekly half hour conference with the instructor. Students should register for their selected section at CRISP.

Students must attend the first class meeting to maintain their place in the course. If a student must miss the first class meeting, she/he must notify the ECB in writing of the intended absence prior to the first day of classes. Students who miss the first two sessions will be automatically dropped from the class.

Students who receive the placement of Exemption With Writing Workshop MUST come to the ECB Writing Workshop, 1025 Angell Hall during their first term of enrollment to receive writing instruction before being certified for Exemption. Otherwise, they will NOT be exempt and will have to enroll in Introductory Composition.

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 LSA Junior/Senior Writing Requirement and for a list of those courses approved by the ECB for satisfaction of that requirement.

102. ECB 102 Introductory Tutorial. 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 Introductory Tutorial 102 is a two credit course offered January 7 to February 20. Students are placed into Introductory Tutorial on the basis of their assessment essay. Each section of ECB 102 has a maximum of 16 students who meet with their instructor 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 seven weeks, each student writes a post test essay which is read and evaluated by two ECB lecturers who have not taught the student. On the basis of writing skills demonstrated in the post test, tutorial students are assigned to the appropriate level of the College writing program.

103. ECB 103 Introductory Tutorial. 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 103 is offered March 2 to April 22. For description, see ECB 102.

108. ECB 108 Transfer Tutorial. ECB Assessment. Transfer standing. (2). (English Composition). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May be elected for a total of four credits for any combination of ECB 106-109.

ECB Transfer Tutorial 108 is a two credit course offered January 7 to February 20. Students are placed into Transfer Tutorial on the basis of their assessment essay. Each section of ECB 108 has a maximum of 16 students who meet with their instructor 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 seven weeks, each student writes a post test essay which is read and evaluated by two ECB lecturers who have not taught the student. On the basis of writing skills demonstrated in the post test, tutorial students are assigned to the appropriate level of the College writing program.

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

ECB 109 is offered March 2 to April 22. For description, see ECB 108.

300. Seminar in Peer Tutoring. Satisfactory completion of LSA Junior-Senior writing course. (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 LSA. 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. (Lassner)


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