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INTRODUCTION

Global citizens in today's technological age must not only have the ability to think and express their ideas and opinions clearly, but must also possess an adequate understanding of the means of communication by which these ideas and opinions are transmitted across the street or across the world. Moreover, an understanding of the cultures of other countries remains indispensable to the study of foreign languages. However, the technological revolution has not only aided language study, it has also strengthened the position of English as the world's universal language.

Amid this revolution, the old order of Grammar, Punctuation and Style is under attack from a new wave of informality. Although we must accommodate this new wave to fully enjoy the benefits of speedy and convenient communication, significant differences still exist between the written and spoken forms of English. Understanding these will be the theme of our introductory course in English Writing.


Based on limited class size and shared communications exercises, each lesson will introduce old and new writing techniques, enabling students to learn by example how to apply these naturally to every-day situations. The course covers elementary personal and business topics ranging from general letters, invitations and application forms to e-mail, blog writing and resume preparation. Skills acquired should prove invaluable to personal or career advancement in this era of globalization.


Course Objectives

This course introduces students to every-day English writing for personal and business purposes. It is designed to help students understand and utilize today's technology to better facilitate written communications in English. Each topic includes practical exercises based on the course concept of W-R-I-T-E (Words, Rules, Ideas, Training and Enjoyment):

One of the keys to successful English writing is building a working vocabulary. Many new electronic learning aids have been developed recently to help students express themselves in foreign languages. However, course topics provide additional opportunities for students to broaden their vocabulary and improve their English writing ability.

The speed and convenience of modern communications has weakened the traditional rules governing written English. Yet messages remain ineffective if they are poorly conveyed. This course introduces various writing resources such as dictionaries, style manuals and encyclopedias to enable students to enhance their English writing at their own pace outside the classroom.

Writers must have an understanding of the cultures of English-speaking countries if they are to express ideas and opinions clearly in English. What to write and what not to write are just as important as how to write. By studying some of the most common mistakes in English writing, students can avoid some of the pitfalls of communicating in the age of globalization..

While evaluating standard English writing applications such as essays and formal correspondence, limited class size also allows instruction to focus on interaction between tutor and student. Shared exercises, assignments and practical examples nurture student confidence in maximizing their English writing potential.

Genuine communication in English can only be achieved if it becomes an enjoyable experience. It is hoped that the variety of conventional and unconventional techniques introduced in this course will stimulate student interest in pursuing additional opportunities in English writing for either pleasure or profit.


Curriculum

1. E-mail 1 ~an understanding not only of style, but also of the differences between traditional and contemporary methods is necessary if communications are to be conducted effectively.~
2. E-mail 2
3. E-mail 3
4. E-mail 4
5. General letters Classic letter-writing skills including greetings, openings,~
6. Short essay 1 ~short compositions on specific subjects for educational, professional, business and personal reasons using either traditional formal methods or informal electronic formats, such as blogs (web logs)~
7. Short essay 2
8. Short essay 3
9. Common mistakes ~grammatical errors, incorrect word usage and spelling mistakes to include basic misperceptions of the understanding of the recipient. The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and courteously~
10. Speech 1 ~Oral communications on such formal or semi-formal occasions require written preparation. Particular care must be taken to ensure that~
11. Speech 2
12. Speech 3

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