WRITING 229 - Editing and Style for International and Multilingual Students
Winter 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Sweetland Center for Writing (WRITING)
Department: LSA Sweetland Writing Center
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
Meets 03/08/21 - 04/21/21. (Drop/Add Deadline 03/22/21.).
May not be repeated for credit.
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This 1-credit course is designed to help international and multilingual students practice English academic and professional writing in a supportive environment, with a focus on editing strategies and stylistic choices. This course runs on a discussion and workshop format, in which you explore the rhetorical effectiveness of stylistic elements commonly found in American academic and professional writing. To achieve this goal, you will participate in an online core grammar program, practice fundamental editing strategies, read exemplary essays, and discuss their stylistic features.You will have a chance to bring your own essays and editing questions to workshops with your classmates and the instructor. In each class, you will work individually on editing exercises and collaboratively in stylistic discussions. Additionally, you will identify and practice styles of writing in different contexts, such as writing in science and business.

Course objectives:

  • Practice core grammatical principles in English academic writing: verbs, sentences, pronouns, possessives, precision, and punctuation.
  • Develop self-editing strategies in key areas: actions, characters, cohesion, coherence, emphasis, motivation, concision, and shape.
  • Increase knowledge about editing and style in disciplinary and cultural contexts.
  • Identify stylistic differences and apply appropriate styles to writing in different disciplines and contexts.

Course Requirements:

  • Core grammar exercises
  • Essay editing exercises
  • Short stylistic reflection essays
  • Collaborative presentation on style and editing

Intended Audience:

International and multilingual undergraduate students.

This course is asynchronous (students are not required to participate in "live" sessions on set days and times; no meeting day or time will appear in time schedule).

Class Format:

Instruction Mode: I will create written study guides and discussion forums on Canvas (asynchronous). Students will submit major assignments on Canvas as well (asynchronous).

Learning Mode: Students need to use Canvas. They may need to be able to access BlueJeans for office hours, and therefore they should have access to a camera and microphone.

Course Testing/Assessment: All assignments for the course (writing and multimedia projects) will be asynchronous. There are no quizzes or tests. Students will submit all assignments on Canvas (asynchronous).


WRITING 229 - Editing and Style for International and Multilingual Students
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)

This course is entirely asynchronous

This class meets 03/08/21 to 04/19/21. Students who wish to add Writing 229 after the term starts must seek permission from the instructor. As per Sweetland policy, students cannot add a mini course after the second class meeting.

It is department policy that registered students must participate in the first two class sessions or activites in whichever format offered by the instructor or notify the instructor that they will be unable to do so and why. Failure to do so may result in the student being dropped from the course.

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