ENL 111, Sections 5, 13, 35 Office = ACC 203E Ext. 7736 
Spring 2010, Dr. Ed Vavra
e-mail evavra@pct.edu
My Weekly Schedule
Office Hours: MWF 12:00-1:00
Tu & Th 12:30-1:30
and by appointment


Course Description

       This course teaches fundamental writing and research skills with an emphasis on expository writing. Students analyze, discuss, and practice writing that explores, explains, and argues. The course includes a significant research component. Course satisfies Communications elective and General Studies core elective course.  (3-0)

Instructor's Ideas about the Course

      I teach ENL 111 because I want to, not because I have to. My objective is to help students learn to express their own ideas more clearly in writing. Although I often appear serious, I enjoy life and enjoy helping those students who are making an effort with any problems they may have in the course. Please feel free to come to me for help. Click here for more.

Required Texts and Materials


      Attendance is required. (You are paying more than $16 for each class-hour of instruction, and I want you to get full value for your money. Even if you do not think you need it for yourself, your classmates will often need your reaction to their work and to what is happening in class.) Each absence in excess of the equivalent of one week of class will result in a three point/hour reduction in the final grade for the course. Note that this is the course policy. "Policy" is what I adhere to when I do not have very good reasons for doing something else. I have had students who missed several weeks of class because of serious accidents, illness, or military service, and they have lost no credit because of it. Keep me informed.
     If two or more local school systems are closed because of weather, I do not take attendance. Do not risk your safety, or that of your children, just to come to my class. You can make up any work missed under these circumstances.

Small Group Work

     Some of the time in class will be spent working in small groups. There are many different ways in which small groups can be set up, but my primary method is to begin by collecting and sorting the homework into three groups -- 1) those who have done it, 2) those who have done some of it, and 3) those who have not done it. Small groups are then established within each of the three piles. Sometimes, in place of using homework, I use a short quiz that simply indicates that students have, or have not, prepared for class. Students who have prepared for class deserve to work with others who have prepared for class.


Disabilities and Special Needs Hats Policy

Tentative Course Schedule

ENL 111 Course Competencies Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to

1. Define a topic or issue to write about.

a. receive initial supervision but with early independence from instructor
b. select a limited topic; topics will be of increasing complexity.
2. Compose, develop, and support thesis and topic sentences
a. Receive initial supervision but early independence from the instructor
b. Emphasize objectivity
c. apply modes of discourse such as exposition, description, narration, argumentation
d. use rhetorical support strategies such as example, anecdote, comparison-contrast, definition, etc.
e. use specific examples and illustrations from personal experience and outside sources
3. Plan, organize, and draft essays
a. define purpose
b. identify audience
c. recognize and use varied tones
d. recognize and form abstractions
e. use varied strategies for introductions and conclusions
f. apply prewriting strategies

4.  Revise and proofread writing

a. receive minimal assistance
b. focus on stylistic elements such as voice, tone, diction, and syntax
c. incorporate feedback into the revision process
d. judge own writing enough to revise it
e. use transitions
f. follow conventions of written Standard American English
5. Locate, evaluate, use, and cite sources using current MLA or APA guidelines.

Student Activities  While instructors are encouraged to invest their personal style, interpretation and expertise in their respective course approaches, the department has agreed that the following minimum guidelines will be observed.

1.  Students will apply the process approach to composition
2.  Students will read and analyze material
3.  Students will write 5-7 formal essays (at least 500 words each) at least four of which will be out-of-class assignments.
4.  At least one formal essay will focus on persuasion/argument.
5. Instruction will cover basic principles of research (should use source material in several assignments throughout the semester)
6. At least 60% of the studentsí final grade will be based on   essays (see number 3 above).