The English Language and Academic Writing course include grammar, vocabulary, rhetoric, and writing, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytical and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in nonfiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.
We approach the learning process in two terms per school year. Students focus on grammar and writing rhetorically during the first term while reading various short selections contributing to their higher-level writing skills. Students focus on reading mainly nonfiction selections in the second term with some graphic, poetic, and fiction prose to expand their critical reading skills. The level intensifies every school year with the student maturing further.
Some learning outcomes at the end of each school year are as follows:
• Composing in several forms (e.g., narrative, expository, analytical, and argumentative essays) about various subjects.
• Writing that proceeds through several stages or drafts, with revision aided by teacher and peers.
• Writing informally (e.g., impromptu exercises, journal keeping, collaborative writing), all of which helps students become aware of themselves as writers and the techniques other writers employ.
• Writing expository, analytical, and argumentative compositions based on readings representing various prose styles and genres.
• Reading nonfiction (e.g., essays, journalism, science writing, autobiographies, criticism) selected to give students opportunities to identify and explain an author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques.
• Analyzing graphics and visual images, both about written texts and as alternative forms of text themselves.
• Developing research skills and the ability to evaluate, use, and cite primary and secondary sources.
• Conducting research and writing argument papers in which students present an argument of their own that includes analyzing and synthesizing ideas from various sources.
• Citing sources using a recognized editorial style (e.g., Modern Language Association, The Chicago Manual of Style).
• Revising their work to develop a wide-ranging vocabulary used appropriately and effectively; a variety of sentence structures, including appropriate use of subordination and coordination; logical organization, enhanced techniques such as repetition, transitions, and emphasis on effective use of rhetoric, including tone, voice, diction, and sentence structure.
The course also provides several additional digital and offline resources. This course is delivered to you by a grammar expert. Thus, the quality is that of a masterclass. At the same time, it is a cost-effective way to learn the basics and advance at your own pace to mastery.