EI302 Academic Writing II

for FA 2009

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EI 302 Academic Writing II


FA 2009 HO


Joe Cunningham


Instructor, English as an International Language


Master of Arts in Teaching Foreign Languages

Office Location

Herr House 19

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday  3:30-6:00pm (By appointment only!)

Daytime Phone




Class Days


Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM

Credit Hours



Tunceren, L & Cavusgil, S. (2006) College Writing 4. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

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Course Description:
EI 302 Academic Writing II: This course prepares the advanced-level student to write a research paper. Research methods, writing, and referencing skills will be taught, as well as advanced grammar. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor believes that students are best able to achieve their learning goals in a secure environment. Mutual respect and cooperation are therefore essential at all times in the classroom. By working closely with both the instructor and classmates, students will become more aware and independent language learners. The instructor’s ultimate goal is to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge so that they may take control of and direct their own learning.


Class Assessment:

Attendance and active participation                15%

Quizzes                                                            15%

Essay assignments                                            50%

Portfolio                                                           20%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late work will be accepted up to one week after the assignment is due. Note that assignments submitted late will lose one letter grade; for example, an 'A' becomes a 'B', etc. If a student is ill (with a doctor's note) or there are other extraordinary circumstances, no grade deduction will take place.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  • Please come to class prepared to learn and ready to participate. 
  • Turn off all cell phones while class is in session. 
  • English should be spoken while class is in session. 
  • Respect for others is essential in the classroom.  
  • Three tardies equal one day of unexcused absence.
  • Students are expected to check their Park University e-mail account regularly.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




Class work/Assignments


Introduction and course overview

Writing with purpose

-Review syllabus and course expectations

-The writing process


The explanatory essay

Review academic formatting standards

Review essay organization

Coherence and cohesion

Establishing expert credibility 

Review using citations

-Discuss the US constitution

-Choose an amendment to write about


-Complete information chart

-Develop thesis statement


-Draft introduction

-Draft body paragraphs

-Draft conclusion


Peer review


Final draft due 9/17


The analytical essay

Active reading strategies

Conducting effective research

Providing definitions

Using quotations and paraphrases

-Discuss disease and epidemics

-Choose disease to write about

-Develop thesis statement


-Draft essay


Peer review


Final draft due: 10/8


Fall Break


The persuasive essay

Forming and expressing opinions

Controlling the strength of an opinion

Interviewing an expert

Avoiding plagiarism

-Discuss online learning

-Develop interview questions

-Schedule an interview


-Conduct interview

-Complete essay map

-Draft essay


Peer review


Final draft due: 11/5


The research essay

Analyzing newspaper headlines

Identifying writing topics

Using variety to keep your writing interesting

Portfolio guidelines

-Identify and discuss controversial issues

-Create topic chart


-Conduct research

-Create “information pages”


-Draft essay


Peer review


Final draft due: 12/3


Final Exams


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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