ESL931 - Composition I

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-09-20 13:56:54.676
Last review date 2018-09-20 13:56:54.677

Subject Title
Composition I

Subject Description
This course covers the grammar and mechanics of compound and complex sentence structures enabling students to develop the skills needed to communicate their ideas in clearly written and well organized paragraphs. Students also learn to identify main ideas of simple articles and readings through paraphrasing activities. 

Credit Status
Non credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. identify, use and edit a variety of verb tenses and forms

2. write accurate compound and complex sentences

3. create a paragraph outline

4. write  clear, well organized narrative paragraphs

5. write a summary of a short reading/article

Essential Employability Skills
Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

 ESL930 or English Assessment and Placement (ELL100) 

Topic Outline

  1. Grammar
    • sentence structure; parts of speech; compound and complex sentences
    • Tenses: present, past and future
    • Subject-verb agreement
    • Capitalization; punctuation (commas); run-on sentences; comma splices; fragments
  2. Writing
    • Introduction to the paragraph
    • Emails, letters and invitations
    • Outlines (basic)
  3. Reading
    • Restating main ideas of short, simple articles and readings

Mode of Instruction

Instructors may use the following teaching methods:

Classroom instruction/discussion
Question and answer
Individual/pair/group work
Computer-aided instruction

Prescribed Texts
Longman Academic Writing Series 2
Ann Hogue
Pearson (Publisher)
ISBN: 978-0-1329-1271-6

Reference Material
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. New Edition.  For Advanced Learners.
Pearson Education, Inc. (Publisher)
ISBN:  978-1-4082-1533-3

Required Supplies


Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 60% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:


Grammar/Editing Tests 45%
Writing Assignments 30%
Final Exam 25%

Grading Scheme

EXC Excellent 80% and up
SAT Satisfactory 60% - 79%
UNSAT Unsatisfactory Below 60%

Approved by: Melanie Rubens