Maricopa Community Colleges

Official Course Description:  MCCCD Approval: 2-24-09

ESL087  2009 Fall – 2010 Summer II

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Basic Writing Skills for English Language Learners

Emphasis on basic writing skills using Standard English in sentences and short paragraphs incorporating correct, clear, and idiomatic English in preparation for college-level composition. Establish effective writing strategies through six or more writing projects.

Prerequisites: Appropriate English placement score, or grade of “C” or better in ESL077, or permission of Department or Division.


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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:



ESL087  2009 Fall – 2010 Summer II

Basic Writing Skills for English Language Learners


1.          Describe the contextual nature of writing, including the importance of circumstance, purpose, topic, audience and writer. (I)

2.          Organize writing to support a central idea through unity, coherence, and logical development. (I, II, III, IV)

3.          Use conventions in writing complete sentences, using appropriate grammar, and mechanics with special attention to verbs, word order, prepositions, and articles. (II, IV)

4.          Use conventions in writing, including consistent voice, tone, and diction. (II, IV)

5.          Recognize effective and appropriate ideas. (II, III)

6.          Use combining methods of coordination and subordination in idiomatic English to craft a variety of sentence types. (II, IV)

7.          Recognize and implement steps in the writing process for sentence and paragraph projects, including prewriting, drafting, and editing for unity, coherence, grammar, and idiomatic expressions. (I, II, IV)

8.          Use feedback obtained from peer review, instructor comments and/or other resources to revise writing. (II)

9.          Assess one's own writing strengths and identify strategies for improvement through instructor conference, portfolio review, written evaluation, and/or other methods. (II)

10.        Generate, format, edit, and deliver writing using appropriate technology. (II, IV)


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ESL087  2009 Fall – 2010 Summer II

Basic Writing Skills for English Language Learners


I.          Describing Rhetorical Context

            A.        Circumstance

            B.        Purpose

            C.        Topic

            D.        Audience

            E.         Writer

II.        Establishing Effective Processes

            A.        Invention

            B.        Drafting

            C.        Feedback

            D.        Revision

            E.         Presentation

III.       Thinking, Reading and Writing Effectively

            A.        Reading for understanding

            B.        Reading for exemplification

            C.        Writing to communicate

IV.       Recognizing Conventions

            A.        Format

            B.        Structure

            C.        Mechanics

            D.        Grammar

                        1.         Complete sentences

                                    a.         Using parts of speech

                                    b.         Using connective words and structures

                                    c.         Avoiding fragments and fused sentences

                        2.         Agreement and accurate expression

                                    a.         Subjects, verbs, pronouns

                                    b.         Verb tense, mode, voice

                                                (1).       Past, present, future

                                                (2).       Modals of probability, possibility, ability, advice, request

                                                (3).       Passive and active voice

                                    c.         Avoiding shifts in time, person, and voice

                                    d.         Correct use of prepositions and phrasal verbs

                        3.         Sentence variety and combining

                                    a.         Simple

                                    b.         Compound

                                    c.         Complex

                                    d.         Coordinates

                                    e.         Subordinates

                                    f.          Correlatives

            E.         Punctuation and capitalization

                        1.         End marks

                        2.         Commas, colons, apostrophes, dashes, ellipses, parentheses, semi-colons

                        3.         Capital letters

            F.         Spelling

                        1.         Common American English spelling patterns

                        2.         Commonly confused words

                        3.         Words with silent letters

                        4.         Frequently misspelled words

            G.        Problem areas in sentence structure

                        1.         Misplaced and dangling modifiers

                        2.         Parallelism



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