|授業科目名||Research Writing IIb(15年度以降)|
|授業科目名（英文）||Research Writing II|
|学期・曜日・時限||後期 木曜日 4時限|
|This course cultivates skills to improve academic writing performance for English major students in the Faculty of Letters of the Prefectural University of Kumamoto. Special attention is given to cross-disciplinary research, collaboration, the writing process, content organization and development, editing and proofreading. Throughout the course, the students are expected to read, critique, and summarize academic and non-academic articles on your research topic, conduct research in the library and online, and transform your readings and collected information into a formal research paper. Thus, this course is also designed to teach the acquisition and evaluation of evidence, integration of source material, and the appropriate processes and forms for developing a research paper.|
|Upon successful completion of the course, the students should be able to:|
1. Practice writing as a recursive process which involves three prime phases: prewriting, writing, and post-writing (sometimes referred to as re-writing).
2. Demonstrate improvement in critical thinking/reading skills, by identifying, defining, and locating the formal elements of the argument.
3. Select and narrow a research topic, using various types of prewriting strategies.
4. Formulate, evaluate, and revise a thesis statement.
5. Locate and evaluate sources in the library or on the Internet.
6. Correctly document gathered sources in the form of summary or paraphrase.
7. Document according to MLA/APA/Chicago Style, both in-text and in a Works Cited/References page.
8. Edit and proofread paragraphs and an entire draft to correct common errors in grammar, mechanics, usage, and argumentation.
9. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of your writing, and build on the strengths and set clear goals for improving the weaknesses.
|Attendance Policy: Success in this class depends on regular and punctual attendance. Four absences are grounds for failure. Missing 15 minutes of class (i.e., arriving late, departing early, or leaving during class) counts as an absence.|
No Late Assignments: I will not accept late assignments, except due to extenuating circumstances, which you must tell me about before the assignment is due. I do not give extensions when they are requested at the time when or after the assignment is due.
Plagiarism: While collaboration among course participants will be required, copying someone else's work is academically dishonest and unacceptable. Thus, cheating and/or intentional plagiarism will not be tolerated in this course, and it will result in automatic failure of the course.
Each student should have a dictionary at hand.
|Week 1: Introduction to course, policies, assignments|
Week 2: Prewriting activities, understanding writing process, limiting the topic
Week 3: Formulating the thesis statement, supporting the thesis statement
Week 4: Using sources, citation styles, literature reviews
Week 5: Paraphrasing and summarizing, paragraph development
Week 6: Paraphrasing and summarizing, structuring the body
Week 7: Peer reviewing, structuring the body, in-class individual conference
Week 8: Peer reviewing, structuring the body, in-class individual conference
Week 9: Coherence and cohesion, using transitions for coherence, in-class individual conference
Week 10: Coherence and cohesion, using transitions for coherence, in-class individual conference
Week 11: Drawing inferences, presenting inferences as argument
Week 12: Concluding your writing, troubleshooting your writing
Week 13: Proofreading the final draft, editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics
Week 14: Preparing your portfolio, final paper presentation
Week 15: Preparing your portfolio, final paper presentation
|There will be various types of reading and writing assignments in- and outside of the class. Each week, you will read a peer's writing submission and be asked to provide feedback. Your feedback should be provided in a timely manner so that your peer has sufficient time to revise the draft before the final submission. Each week, there will be both individual and group discussions and thus, you are required to participate in class discussions on a regular basis. Active participation is encouraged and will be reflected in the grading.|
|Course materials will be handed out in class or be made available on the Internet.|
|Raimes, A. (1999). Keys for writers: A brief handbook. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.|
|Students' performance will be evaluated based primarily on the course objectives listed above with reference to the following course grade percentages: Participation of in-class activities 30%, Quality of multiple drafts 50%, Quality of final paper 20%.|
|The quality of students' multiple drafts and final paper will be evaluated in performance assessments (criterion-referenced testing) conducted throughout the semester. Rubrics with the following criteria will be used: |
(a) Purpose: How well does the document fulfill its rhetorical purpose, as defined by the assignment and during the prewriting stages?
(b) Audience Adaptation: Overall, how well does the writer adapt the content, organization, and style to the specific needs of the audience, as defined during prewriting stages?
(c) Organization: use of forecast statements, paragraph cohesion, effective topic and concluding sentences, transitional phrases
(d) Style: sociolinguistic appropriateness of tone, variety of sentence structures
(e) Grammar/Mechanics: correctness, clarity, conciseness, precision