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 counselors convey the information to the students. Freshpersons may receive the following placements: ECB 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, English 220 with Writing Workshop, Exemption with Writing Workshop, or Exemption.

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

ECB Practicum courses meet for 2 hours a week. In addition each student has a required bi-weekly half hour conference with the instructor. To enroll in the ECB course, students should select a section compatible with their schedule from the Time Schedule, from updated course lists at department counseling offices.

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 placements that include Writing Workshop must attend the ECB Writing Workshop, 1111 Angell Hall, during their first term of enrollment to receive writing instruction before being certified. No student with a Mandatory Writing Workshop may graduate without certification.

Students are welcome to visit the ECB office at 1111 Angell Hall to discuss their writing assessment 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.

102. 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.

Students place into Practicum on the basis of their portfolio. Each section of ECB 102 has a maximum enrollment of 16. ECB Practicum courses run either 7 or 14 weeks. 14 week versions meet either 2 hours once a week or 1 hour twice a week and each student has a required half hour conference every other week. The writing instruction is designed to meet individual needs. At the end of the Practicum, each student prepares a portfolio of his/her writing which is read and evaluated by two ECB lecturers. On the basis of writing skills demonstrated in the portfolio, Practicum students are assigned to the appropriate level of the college writing program.

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

For description, see ECB 102.

300. Seminar in Peer Tutoring. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This seminar prepares students to join the ECB Peer Tutoring Program where they serve as consultants to other undergraduates who need help with their writing. After completing ECB 300, students go on to take ECB 301 in the Fall term where they are given course credit for serving as writing tutors. As part of their training, seminar students discuss readings in the theory of composition, learn about writing in the different disciplines, examine the strengths and weaknesses in their own writing, and begin, under supervision, to practice tutor. Course work includes three papers as well as brief reports on the tutoring experience. Registration by override only. Contact the instructor or ECB. (Rickly)

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

This is Peer Tutoring for credit, open only to students who have completed ECB 300. 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. Registration by override only.

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