ESL932 - Composition II

Outline info
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Subject Title
Composition II

Subject Description
In this course, students will focus on the structure of a well-developed paragraph to clearly communicate their ideas.  Instruction in sentence structure, grammar and mechanics helps students develop key writing skills.  Self-editing, summarizing and paraphrasing are also taught to prepare for further academic writing.

Credit Status
Non credit

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

1. use and edit a variety of grammatical structures

2. create a detailed paragraph outline

3. compose well-structured cause and effect paragraphs 

4. write concise summaries of readings/articles

Essential Employability Skills
Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

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.

 ESL931 or English Assessment and Placement (ELL100) 

Topic Outline
1.     Grammar structures are reviewed as needed with a focus on minimizing major errors.

  1. Verb tenses/forms
  2. Word forms
  3. Complex/compound sentences
2.     Writing
  1. Prewriting
  2. Outlines
  3. Paragraph: topic sentence, supporting ideas, concluding sentence
  4. Unity and coherence
  5. Cause and effect
3.     Reading comprehension
  1. identifying main ideas/supporting points
  2. paraphrasing
  3. reading strategies

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 3  - Paragraphs to Essays, 4th edition
Alice Oshima and Ann Hogue
Pearson Education, Inc. (Publisher)
ISBN- 13: 978-0-13-291566-3

Reference Material
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
New Edition. For Advanced Learners.
Pearson Education (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 35%
Reading Comprehension 10%
Paragraph Writing 30%
Final Exam 25%


Grading Scheme

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

Approved by: Melanie Rubens