FALL 2000
Writing in English as a Second Language I
Section 1
Five days a week: MWF 1:00-2:40 p.m. and TTh 3:00-4:15 p.m.
AB 301 (South Campus)


Instructor: Dr. John M. Green
Office location: Sullivan 207B

Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:45 a.m. and by appointment. I usually arrive at Salem State around 8:30 a.m. and am often in my office at times other than my posted office hours.

Office phone: (978) 542-6252. You can leave voice mail messages for me at this number if I am not in my office.


This is a course for students whose native language is not Engish. The course focuses on English language skills necessary for success at the college level, with extensive reading and extensive writing of various kinds (see "Course Requirements," below).


Clouse, Barbara Fine. Working It Out: A Troubleshooting Guide for Writers. Third Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000.

Crichton, Michael. Jurassic Park. New York: Ballantine, 1990.

King, Stephen. Different Seasons. New York: Signet, 1982. (We will read the novella "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" in this book.)

King, Stephen. The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel. New York: Pocket Books.

Peterson, Jan, & Hagen, Stacy A. Better Writing Through Editing. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1999.

A good monolingual dictionary, such as the Longman Dictionary of American English.


Two 8 1/2 x 11 inch spiral notebooks, one for daily freewriting and one for response journals (see Course Requirements, below)


1. Attendance and class participation, including group work in class.

2. Reading: approximately 10 pages a day of popular fiction, seven days a week. During the semester, we will read the novels Jurassic Park and The Green Mile and the novella "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption." Daily reading assignments will be distributed separately from this syllabus.

3. Writing:

daily freewriting (10 minutes a day at the beginning of class). You will receive credit for freewriting based on the number and length of dated entries in your freewriting notebook. If you are tardy or absent, you should do freewriting for that day as homework.

double entry response journal (at least a page and a half long) due every class day that there has been a reading assignment in one of the assigned texts for the course.

semester project: a "book" made up of the essays you will write in this course. Detailed guidelines and suggested topics for writing will be distributed separately from this syllabus, and will also be available on my web page. You will write three drafts of each of the chapters or sections for your final project. Drafts will be due on the first class day of each week during the semester, as follows:

DUE DATES Rough drafts Revised drafts Edited drafts
Mon. Sept. 11 Rough draft 1
Mon. Sept. 18 Rough draft 2
Mon. Sept. 25 Rough draft 3
Mon. Oct. 2 Revised draft 1
Tue. Oct. 10 Rough draft 4
Mon. Oct. 16 Revised draft 2
Mon. Oct. 23 Revised draft 3
Mon. Oct. 30 Edited draft 1
Mon. Nov. 6 Rough draft 5
Mon. Nov. 13 Revised draft 4
Mon. Nov. 20 Edited draft 2
Mon. Nov. 27 Revised draft 5
Mon. Dec. 4 Edited draft 3
Mon. Dec. 11 "Book" due with all five edited drafts
Detailed guidelines for your "book" will be distributed later on in the semester.   The emphases of the three kinds of drafts will be as follows:
  1. Rough drafts. When a rough draft assignment is due, you will hand in four pages of rough draft material for later revision into one or more sections or chapters of your project. The emphasis in this stage of the writing process is on fluency, which means the ability to find things to say and to express them easily and clearly. The important thing at this point is to get lots of things to say and to decide what the thesis (main idea) of your essay will be. It's okay if your rough drafts have grammatical mistakes (as long as I can understand what you mean), and it's okay if your ideas are somewhat disorganized. After you have completed five rough draft assignments, you will have at least 20 pages of rough draft material. For each chapter of your project, you must complete and hand in a rough draft before you begin work on a revised draft.

2. Revised drafts. The second stage will be to revise your rough draft material for organization and overall clarity. Revision is not about finding mistakes and correcting them (that comes in stage three). It is about making sure that you have organized your ideas as effectively as possible. For each revised draft assignment, you will revise one of the rough draft assignments you handed in earlier. For each chapter of your project, you must complete and hand in a revised draft before you write an edited draft.

3. Final (edited) drafts. In the final stage, you will edit your revised drafts for correctness -- grammar, punctuation, spelling, and so forth.

Detailed guidelines for each of these kinds of drafts will be distributed separately from this syllabus.


Grades will be based on completion of the course requirements described above:

attendance and class participation, including group work in class. See "Attendance policies," below.

the daily reading assignments from the assigned texts.

the various writing assignments described above: daily freewriting in class, double entry response journals on the daily reading assignments, and all three stages of each chapter in your "book."

To get a good grade in the course, it is important to hand in work on time. Late work will usually be accepted (with some exceptions), but it will receive a lower grade than work handed in on time.

There will be no final exam in the course.


Attendance policies:

Attendance is required, and excessive absenses and/or tardies can result in a low grade or even a failing grade in the course.

Each student is responsible for completing all course requirements and for keeping up with everything that goes on in the course (whether or not the student is present).

If you are absent, you should:

contact another student or the teacher to find out what you have missed. (You can contact me by voice mail or by e-mail.)

give the teacher a legitimate excuse, if possible.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of someone else and submitting them as if you had written them yourself. It is both dishonest and against the law. Penalties for plagiarism can include an automatic grade of F for the course, as well as being reported to the Vice President, Academic Affairs, which can lead to suspension or expulsion from the college.  You can find the full description of the college policy on academic dishonesty in the college catalog.

Equal access policy (students with disabilities): "Salem State College is committed to providing equal access to the educational experience for all students in compliance with Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act and The Americans with Disabilities Act and to providing all reasonable academic accommodations aids and adjustments. Any student who has a documented disability requiring an accommodation, aid or adjustment should speak with the instructor immediately. Students with Disabilities who have not previously done so should provide documentation to and schedule an appointment with the Office for Students with Disabilities and obtain appropriate services."  (Salem State College catalog)

Copyright 2000 John M. Green

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