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English 101

Approaches to Academic Writing

Credits: 3

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours Per Week: 5classroom hours per week (a mixture of lecture, workshop and seminar)

Prerequisite: C or better in English 100, or C+ or better in English 12

Texts: Instructors typically choose one from the following:
Academic Writing: Writing and Reading in the Disciplines. Janet Giltrow
They Say, I Say: With Readings. Graff et al.
Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing: A Brief Guide to Argument. S. Barnet and H. Bedau

Course Description:

An advanced course in reading and writing in academic disciplines. To develop students' critical thinking, reading and  writing skills, the academic argumentiative essay will be the focus of the curriculum. In addition, students will develop their research skills, particularly by making use of and analyzing scholarly sources. 


Seminar presentation 10%
1 critical summary 10%
3 essays 35%
Research paper 15%
Final Examination 30%


Steve Barnes, B.Sc. (Alberta), M.A. (British Columbia)
Zeferino Cabrita, B.A., B.F.A., M.A. (British Columbia)
Dilek Cansin, B.A. (Macalester College), M.A. (British Columbia)
Debra Clarke, B.Sc., M.A., TESL Cert (British Columbia)
Angela Lavery, B.A., B.Ed., (Toronto), M.A. (British Columbia)
Nicola Maher, B.A. (British Columbia), M.A. (Sussex)
Leslie Mercer, B.A. (British Columbia), M.A. (University College Dublin)
Denis Roberts, B.A., P.D.P., M.A. (Simon Fraser)
Jim Smith, B.Ed., M.Ed. (British Columbia), M.A. (Simon Fraser)
Gary Swanson, B.A. (Simon Fraser), M.A. (British Columbia)
Julie Karey, B.A. (British Columbia), M.A. (Simon Fraser)

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