Bellevue College

Composition for Non-Native Speakers

English 093 C

Spring Quarter 2010




 Instructor:  Ethan Anderson





Office: R 230        Phone: 425-564-2341


04/05 – 06/18



Office Hours:   By Appointment















- Steps to Writing Well, Eighth Edition by Jean Wyrick


-8 ½ x 11 white, lined paper for all written work

-Blue book for grammar errors

-Black pen or pencil for all written work

  Course Description:  English 093 is a reading and writing course designed to prepare students for English 101 and other credit classes at Bellevue College.  Students will learn to write clear, well-organized, and grammatically correct sentences, paragraphs, and essays.  Students will also use the Writing Process to edit and revise their writing.  In addition, students will read a variety of texts to build their vocabulary, comprehension, and critical thinking skills and apply these skills to their writing. 

 Course Goals:  By the end of this class, you should be able to:

Grammar Outcomes

·         Produce edited sentences that are virtually error free


       Writing Outcomes

·         Demonstrate and apply the process of writing an essay from generating ideas through draft writing and revision to producing a final, polished essay

·         Understand and produce the rhetorical modes of  argumentation, process, comparison/contrast, cause/effect and creative writing

·         Produce an accurate paraphrase of a difficult  passage

·         Produce an accurate summary from a lengthy reading

·         Develop ideas in paragraph form in correct response to essay questions

·         Demonstrate understanding of the purpose, form, and content of introductory and concluding paragraphs in an essay

·         Write thesis statements that are complete and clear and give the essay focus

·         Write topic sentences that give each paragraph clear and appropriate focus

·         Write with unity and coherence both within and between paragraphs

·         Develop ideas with substance and coherence using details and examples, facts, opinions, and anecdotes to support the thesis

·         Demonstrate and apply knowledge of sentence variety

·         Incorporate editing and proofreading skills into the writing process

Reading Outcomes

·          Identify main ideas in readings of a variety of lengths, styles, and levels of difficulty.

·         Respond critically to questions about readings through discussion and writing.

·         Clearly express an opinion relevant to the content of a passage.

·         Support views with reasons and evidence.

·         Extend and/or apply the ideas expressed in a reading.

·         Summarize passages.


Attendance:  Try to come to class every day unless you are sick.  Absences and tardies will be deducted from your participation grade.  Students who miss class 12 times will receive a grade of “F”.  Students who miss class 10 or 11 times will receive a grade of “D”.  

Arriving Late:  Try to come to class on time.  If you are more than 5 minutes late, this will be counted as a tardy.  Three tardies of 10 minutes or more will be equal to missing one entire class.  Absences and tardies will be deducted from your participation grade. 

Homework:  Prepare your homework before class and be ready to turn it in or discuss it at the beginning of class on the due date.  You should expect to spend 1-2 hours on homework for every hour of class time.  The more effort and time you put into your homework, the more you will learn and get out of it.  If you are absent, turn in your homework on your first day back, and it will not be late.  If you turn in homework late, the grade will go down 10% each day.  You should e-mail me or call a classmate to get the assignments that you miss.

 Participation:  Participation means coming to class every day, doing your work, asking and answering questions.  You are responsible for your learning, and I expect you to actively participate in every aspect of the class, the assignments and the textbook.

 Grades:  Your grade will depend on the quality of your work, your effort, and your ability.  Points will be subtracted for assignments turned in late.  Your grade will be based on scores on your classwork, homework, essays, quizzes, tests, attendance and participation.

In order to pass this class, you must have an average score of at least 75% on all course work and pass the final exam.  If you do not pass the final exam, your grade will be lowered by one letter grade.  The grade you earn will be based on the following:

            Timed Writing Tests (in class)                                                30%

            Essays (take home)                                                     30%

            Final Portfolio/Final                                                    20%

            Quizzes and Tests                                                                    10%

            Attendance, homework, participation* and effort    10%

*No eating, smoking or using cell phones/pagers during class. Repeated problems with cell phones going off in class will result in loss of participation points.

*Note:  Cheating, stealing and plagiarizing (using the ideas or words of another as one’s own without crediting the source) and inappropriate/disruptive classroom behavior are violations of  the Student Code of Conduct at Bellevue  College.  Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to: talking out of turn, arriving late or leaving early without a valid reason, allowing cell phones/pagers to ring, and inappropriate behavior toward the instructor or classmates.  The instructor can refer any violation of the Student Code of Conduct to the Dean of Student Services for possible probation or suspension from Bellevue Community College

Grading Scale:          




            D=below 75% (Good effort but have not mastered skills in English 093 – repeat 093)

            F=below 75% (Unsatisfactory effort and have not mastered skills in English 093 –

repeat 093)


Final Exam: Your final exam will be timed and will be an in-class writing test. The final exam will be evaluated by two teachers in the English Department.  They will decide if your writing is a passing level or not.  If you do not pass your final exam, your grade in the class may be lowered by one letter grade or you may need to repeat 093.

Portfolio:  Students will keep all of their essays (in-class and at-home) and continue to edit, revise and improve them throughout the quarter.  Students will present their portfolio of revised essays to the teacher in a conference appointment during final exams.  The portfolio will be evaluated based on how much students improved their writing and how much they learned.

Tips for Success:

1.      Come to class on time.

2.      Bring your own books, dictionary, paper and pencils to class every day.

3.      Tell me immediately if you do not understand something.

4.      Have your homework done on time.

5.      Always do your own work; DO NOT plagiarize (copy) from other students.

6.      Speak English only in class.

7.      See or e-mail me when you are unsure about a lesson or an assignment.

8.      Get extra help when needed.

9.      Talk to a classmate when you are absent in order to get caught up.

10.  Be respectful of your classmates and your instructor.

11.  Do your best!


Important Dates:  

There will be no class on the following date:  Monday, 05/31

Final Exam:     Friday, June 18

Portfolio Conferences:    Monday-Wednesday, June 15-17, by appointment  

NOTE: Class will be in the Computer Lab in D222 on most Mondays (instructor will notify you the Friday before)

Other:  Please refer to the Arts and Humanities Student Procedures and Expectations  for all other information.

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