Course Code: SOED 1514 (Semester One or Two)
Offered at 200 and 300 levels, this course is compulsory and introduces students to the practical use of the English language. As a follow-up to Introduction to Academic Writing, it is designed to consolidate communication skills acquired at the freshman level. Following careful assessments, students admitted to Regent University at level 200 and 300 may be permitted to take this course without first taking Introduction to Academic Writing. At the end of the course, students are expected to develop logical and critical thinking skills by evaluating expert sources in the course of writing persuasive essays and research papers.
Lectures and assigned exercises will focus on extensive reading and comprehension, principles of effective writing and word use. Students will be provided models of acceptable college level essays as foundation for academic writing. They will also be expected to be creative and participate in a continued process of drafting and revising their writings, as well as sharing the latter with their peers in and out of the class.
Overall, this involves 2 hours x 14 weeks of teaching and tutorials
This course, as a follow up to Introduction to Academic Writing, seeks to reinforce students’ reading and writing skills, and entails extensive reading along with multiple drafting and revision of essays. The ultimate goal is to help students demonstrate college-level literacy skills and prepare them for participation in professional communities where proficiency in negotiation and debate are determinants of success. Essentially, students will be introduced to rhetorical situations that demand written responses within and beyond college.
Since research is a key aspect of this course, students receive comprehensive guidance on supporting their views with evidence from different scholarly sources. Such sources are acknowledged in any of a variety of applicable styles that the student will be exposed to. Also related to research, students will be introduced to persuasive strategies to be adopted in writing argumentative and related essays. In this regard, they will be familiarized with:
The ultimate goal of the course work is to help students develop the ability to think, read and write critically.
Understand the importance of extensive reading for development as a good thinker and writer
Title: Everything is an Argument
Title: Handbook for Writing Skills for Academic Purposes
The Little Brown Handbook
Title: Critical Thinking
Title: Read, Reason, Write
Title: Real Writing
Title: Reasoning and Writing Well