ESL933 - Composition III

Outline info
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Last review date 2018-11-07 14:50:59.041

Subject Title
Composition III

Subject Description
In this course, students will review paragraph development and move towards a five paragraph essay.  The focus will be on prewriting activities, the essay outline, development of a strong thesis statement, supporting paragraphs with clear topic sentences, appropriate support and details, and an effective conclusion. In addtion to academic writing, students will engage in a wide range of writing styles typical in their work and personal lives. Grammar instruction will be included to enable students to identify errors and edit accordingly.  Critical thinking skills will be developed through analysis of readings, summaries and group discussions.  

Credit Status
Non credit

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

  1. create well organized, detailed outlines
  2. compose unified, coherent comparison/contrast essays
  3. construct clear and concise memos, letters and emails
  4. apply self-editing skills
  5. analyze various readings and articles
  6. develop reading strategies

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.

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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.

 ESL932 or English Assessment and Placement (ELL100) 

Topic Outline
1. Writing
a) Pre-writing techniques
b) Introduction to the essay:

Choosing/limiting a topic
thesis statements
outlines- organization and sequencing
introductory, body and concluding paragraphs
c) Compare and contrast essay
d) Email and memo etiquette
e) Letter writing
f) Blog writing
g) Social Media writing

2. Editing for Grammatical Errors

3. Reading
a) Reading strategies
b) Anaylsis of style and structure
c) Vocabulary development

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 4 (5th Edition)
Alice Oshima, Ann Hogue
ISBN-13: 978-0-13-291569-4

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:

Editing Tests 35%
In-Class Writing 30%
Reading Comprehension 10%
Final Exam 25%


Grading Scheme

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

Approved by: Melanie Rubens