ESL934 - Composition IV

Outline info
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Subject Title
Composition IV

Subject Description
In this course, students will review and refine the structure of an academic essay.   Fundamental writing skills and strategies will be taught and practiced through reading and writing activities that foster critical thinking, vocabulary building and the expression of ideas in an effective and concise manner.

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 a variety of written texts; academic persuasive essays, letters, blogs
  3. critically analyze different forms of communicative texts
  4. utilize level appropriate vocabulary
  5. revise and edit for grammar accuracy in written work

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

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.

ESL933 or English Assessment and Placement (ELL100) 

Topic Outline

  1. Writing:
  • Compose different forms of written communication for academic, professional and social purposes; letters, memos, blogs, argumentative essays.
  •  Practice in-text citations and works cited using APA format to ensure academic honesty
  1. Reading:
  •     Develop the ability to critically analyze a variety of text and media by:
    •         identifying and paraphrasing the main idea and supporting details
    •         recognizing the organizational pattern/s (rhetorical style/s)
    •         determining author bias and assumptions
    •         making inferences, predictions and conclusions
    •         differentiating between facts and claims
  •     Develop vocabulary through reading and writing
  1. Edit for Grammar/Mechanics:
  •     Use accurate grammar and sentence structure appropriate for academic writing
  •     Identify and edit for common/global grammatical errors
  1. Speaking:
  •     Participate actively and constructively in pair/group discussions

Mode of Instruction

There are three modes of delivery for this subject:

In-class:  Students attend classes on campus each week.

Instructors may use the following teaching methods:

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

Blended:  The course is delivered in a blend of classroom and online formats according to a weekly schedule to be determined by the instructor.  The schedule/addendum will be made available to students at the first class and posted on the corresponding course Blackboard site.

Online:  All course work is completed in a fully online environment.  Students do not attend any classes on campus; however, the final exam must be written in-person at the Test Centre of the College at which he/she registered.  If unable to do so, alternative arrangements must be made through the registering College.

Students interested in pursuing blended or online studies must have strong time-management skills and regular access to a computer with web access.

Prescribed Texts
In-Class and Blended Format Only:

Write to be Read
William R. Smalzer
Cambridge University Press
ISBN:  978-521-54746-8


All readings and exercises will be available online.

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.

In Class:


Editing Tests 35%
Critical Reading 10%
In-Class Essays 30%
Final Exam 25%


Editing Tests 30%
Critical Reading 10%
Online Exercises 10%
Essay Assignments 25%
Final Exam 25%


Online Studies
Essay Assignment   1                                                    15%
Article Critique 15%
 Essay Assignment 2 20%
Online Discussion 20%
Final Exam 30%


Grading Scheme

EXC Excellent 80% & Above
SAT Satisfactory 60% - 79%
UNSAT Unsatisfactory Below 60%

All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply.  This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

Approved by: Melanie Rubens