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Welcome to English 365

Course Description:

This course is specifically designed for students who want to do focused work on particular writing skills—skills that they may have lost over time, or never acquired in other classes, but need for success in other courses or in their occupations. In English 365: English Writing Skills, students will receive individualized instruction in writing skills such as sentence-level grammatical skills and mechanics, writing clear sentences, developing strong paragraphs, developing an essay, and using research skills and documentation techniques. Instruction includes one-on-one conferences with faculty and online writing skills learning modules.

Outcomes and Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students will:

1) Demonstrate improvement in the specific aspects of the writing process covered in the modules selected by the student, for example, thesis development, paragraph unity, correcting fragments, correcting comma splices, and using quotation marks.

2) See improvement in their ability to implement writing strategies by comparison and contrast of their writing before and after one-on-one tutorials and completion of assigned modules.


The assignment sequence and structure is the same for all modules.

1. course overview: Students visit the lesson page of a particular module for a list of specific objectives and an overview of the topic to be covered.

2. pre-test/skill assessment: The next step is to take the pretest.  This link, and all other links to assignments are provided in the order in which they are to be completed on the left column of the module pages (with the exception of the quiz & test pages). The pretest provides a starting place for the course. It measures the student's present skill level, and thus provides a point of comparison for the student's level at the end of the course. When the instructor has evaluated the results of the pretest, the instructor will contact the student to discuss the results and answer any questions the student may have at the start of the module.

3. lesson:  The lesson includes a written lesson and a video or audio lesson, often with text animation to illustrate a process.  On subsequent assignments, students will be responsible for all the material covered in these lessons.

4. learning resources:  The learning resources page provides students with links to sites that have been pre-screened for content and quality.  Each link is accompanied by a short description of what students can expect to find on the site. Students are not required to visit these resources (unless otherwise indicated); however, these sites often contain helpful explanations and quizzes that supplement instruction.

5. quiz:  This graded quiz measures students' comprehension of the skill being studied and their ability to use the skill in short sentences and paragraphs (typically). When the instructor has evaluated the results, the instructor will contact the student to discuss the student's progress and provide tutorial assistance to solve any problems.

6. skills in context:  By the time the students gets to this stage of instruction, they should be ready to use the skill in real-world writing situations. The Skills in Context page provides a bridge to real-world writing by showing students how writers have used the skill or technique effectively in their writing, or by challenging students to try a technique for themselves, in which case students can click on an instructor's answer for comparison. Though students' work in this section is not evaluated, the Skills in Context page does prepare students to complete the exit assignment.

7. exit assignment: This assignment is usually a written assignment or a correction assignment in a writing sample (in the case of punctuation and grammatical errors). The task is meant to be challenging, and to encourage students to achieve mastery of a writing skill. When the instructor has evaluated the results, the instructor will contact the student to discuss the exit assignment results and the student's achievement over the module as a whole, comparing the student's skill level at the end of the module with beginning skill level.

How do I start?

To begin this course, you may select modules yourself if you know what skills you want to work on, follow the recommendations of an instructor in another course, or take the diagnostic exam (after enrolling in the course). Your results will be automatically submitted to your instructor, who will contact you soon afterwards with a recommendation for modules that would best meet your needs. To select your modules, complete the create my 365 form. Your choices will be sent to an instructor and a Progress page will be generated for you (accessible from the "My Progress" link in the horizontal menu bar above).

How do I pass this course?

You must acquire a total of 25 points to pass the course. Each module will give you between 2 and 10 points.  Therefore, you must choose a combination of modules to give you a total of 25 or more points (partially completed modules do not count). For example, one might construct the following courses:

8 points    Developing a Thesis
8 points    Creating Unified Paragraphs
8 points    Introductions & Conclusions
2 points    end punctuation
26 points Total

8 points    Working with Sources
6 points    MLA style
6 points    Primary Resources
5 points    Run-on sentences
25 points Total

Again, welcome to English 365: English Writing Skills.  We hope that you enjoy this course and will feel free to contact your instructor or visit the student Q & A Board any time you have a question or concern.


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