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. First-year students may receive the following placements: Writing Practicum, Introductory Composition, or Exemption. Transfer students receive placements of Transfer Writing Practicum, English 220, or Exemption.

Students are welcome to visit the ECB office at 1139 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 2 hours a week in sections of 16 students. In addition, each student has a required half hour conference with the instructor every other week. 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. You can also visit our ECB website at

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 Writing Practicum has a maximum enrollment of 18. Practicum courses run 14 weeks and meet two hours once a week. Each student has a required half-hour conference with the instructor 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.
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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 next term. They are given course credit for serving as writing tutors. As part of their training, seminar students discuss readings on 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 tutoring. Course work includes three to five papers as well as brief reports on the tutoring experience. Registration by override only. Contact the ECB.
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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. As trained tutors, students tutor on-site for two to four hours a week and meet one hour a week for a discussion session. The weekly meeting serves for planning 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 reading and writing projects. Registration by override only. Contact the ECB.
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