Academic Catalog

NCLA 407C: WRITING UNDER TIME CONSTRAINTS

Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 0
Hours: 60-360 hours laboratory total per quarter.
Degree & Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 1 Level Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Description

Offers students strategies, support, and practice in improving their writing skills under pressure (examples include SAT, GRE, TOEFL, and in-class writing assessments). Students will practice how to identify addressing the prompt, brainstorming, organizing their ideas, and writing them clearly and quickly.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Demonstrate ability to adapt the writing process to an abbreviated time frame.
B. Analyze an essay prompt to understand what it is asking of the writer.
C. Produce a written document, written under time constraint, that responds effectively to the prompt and that exhibits a clear thesis, coherent organization, and content appropriate to the question.
D. Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge to new concepts.

Course Content

A. Demonstrate ability to adapt the writing process to an abbreviated time frame.
1. Plan time and follow the plan to successfully complete assignment.
B. Analyze an essay prompt to understand what it is asking of the writer.
1. Recognize cues, and interpret and respond to key terms.
C. Produce a written document, written under a time constraint, that responds effectively to the prompt and exhibits a clear thesis, coherent organization, and content appropriate to the question.
1. Learn to quickly proofread and correct known patters of error before the time runs out.
D. Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge to new concepts.
1. Successfully complete an in-class essay or an essay required by an exam within the given time constraints.

Lab Content

A. Practice and explore multiple strategies for forming a thesis and presenting supporting evidence under time constraints.
B. Practice and explore multiple strategies for writing transitions and organizing essays under time constraints.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Use of internet and computers.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Homework as assigned by parent course instructor.
B. Additional exercises beyond those assigned by parent course instructor.

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Work in groups
B. Individualized instruction
C. Work on computer

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Ramage, John D., John C. Bean, and June Johnson. The Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing. 7th ed. 2014.

 

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Homework assignments: Topics are assigned by course instructor

B. Completion of assignments both online and hand-written/word documents

C. Additional course work:

1. Practice prompts provided by instructor that showcase basic and more challenging usage and grammar applications

2. Reading and annotating assigned sample prompts and responses

 

Discipline(s)

English and ESL