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The Essay and the Argument: ESL
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
This course is designed specifically for ESL (English as a Second Language) students who wish to reinforce skills in English grammar and written English. Students will focus on grammar, composition, vocabulary building, techniques for reading efficiently and academic style.

This course focuses on the essay – personal, descriptive, analytical, persuasive and research based – and how to develop a clear, compelling thesis and convincing argument. Students will read among the best models of the essay, which may include works by, among others, Montaigne, Swift, Lincoln, Thoreau, Douglass, Woolf, Orwell, Bettleheim, Arendt, Sartre, Nabokov, Sontag and Kincaid. Through short lectures, group work, peer reviews, class discussions and instructor feedback, students will practice the art of writing in a variety of rhetorical modes, undergoing an intensive, rigorous learning process designed to be useful to them as practicing artists, designers, researchers and critics.
Anti-requisite: Students who previously took one of: ENGL 2B30, ENGL 1B01, ENGL 1B02, ENGL 1B03, or LBST 1A40 with one of LBST 1A41, 1A42 or 1A43 may not take this course for extra credit.
Notes: A writing course is required for all First-Year students not taking LBST 1D01 Liberal Studies One
Conditions: The minimum passing grade for the first year writing course is 60% (C-).
Course was last updated June 24, 2009 - 2:56 PM