Maricopa Community Colleges  ENG107   20036-20065 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 12/10/02

ENG107  20036-20065


3 Credit(s)

3 Period(s)

First-Year Composition for ESL

Equivalent of ENG101 for students of English as a Second Language (ESL). Standard American English writing skills and emphasis on expository composition. Prerequisites: Appropriate ASSET/COMPASS placement test score, or a grade of "C" or better in ENG071 or ESL077.


Course Note: Taking ESL040 and ESL042 may build skills tested by the ASSET/COMPASS placement.


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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:



ENG107  20036-20065

First-Year Composition for ESL



Generate essay topics from reading, discussion, and observation. (I)


Select a general topic suitable for development in an essay of a specified length and for a specific audience and purpose. (I)


Compose a thesis statement suitable for development in an essay. (I)


Use a thesis statement and support to create a well-organized plan for an essay. (I)


Write an essay introduction which creates interest and states the thesis. (II)


Write support paragraphs which develop the thesis statement of an essay; contain topic sentences; display unity, coherence, and completeness; and contain specific information and concrete detail. (II)


Write a conclusion which follows logically from the body of the essay. (II)


Use diction which sustains a consistent level of formality; demonstrates originality; has appropriate connotations/denotations; and reflects effective, appropriate, and original imagery. (II)


In a minimum of five essays select and effectively use appropriate rhetorical patterns for a specific purpose and audience employing any combination of the following: exemplification, comparison/contrast, classification, causal analysis, narration, description, process analysis, definition, and essay response. (I,II,III)


Write an essay of argumentation which demonstrates sound logical development. (I,II,III)


Revise the draft of an essay to demonstrate attention to audience, purpose, organization, style, mechanics and sentence structure. (III)



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MCCCD Official Course Outline:



ENG107  20036-20065

First-Year Composition for ESL



I. Essay prewriting

A. Generating the topic

1. Reading

2. Discussion

3. Observation

B. Refining the topic

1. Audience

2. Purpose

3. Scope

C. Writing the thesis statement and planning the outline

II. Essay writing

A. Introduction

B. Paragraphs

1. Thesis statement of essay

2. Topic sentences

3. Unity, coherence, completeness

4. Information, detail

C. Conclusion

D. Diction

1. Formality

2. Originality

3. Connotations/denotations

4. Imagery

E. Rhetorical patterns and combinations

1. Exemplification

2. Comparison/contrast

3. Classification

4. Causal analysis

5. Narration

6. Description

7. Process analysis

8. Definition

9. Essay response

F. Essay of logical argumentation

III. Essay revising

A. Draft

B. Guidelines

1. Address a specific audience

2. Consider the writer's role

3. Make purpose clear to reader

4. Develop ideas logically

5. Improve organization, development, unity and coherence

6. Use effective vocabulary

7. Employ consistent tone and style

8. Include an appropriate title

9. Eliminate errors and mechanics

10. Employ effective coordination, subordination and parallel structure in sentences

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