|Research Writing Ⅱ is a semester-long course which builds on previous Writing courses to take students to a stage where they are able to write research-based essays in English. This includes the ability to write sentences using suitable vocabulary and grammatical structures and to structure a whole essay, and also to refer to books, the Internet, and other materials to find and select information. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:|
Do writing as a recursive practice including pre-writing and post-writing activities such as editing and revising;
Demonstrate improvement in critical thinking and reading skills;
Select and narrow a research topic;
Locate and evaluate resources;
Edit and proofread sentences, paragraphs, and whole drafts;
Identify and build on strengths.
|Students completing the course satisfactorily will have completed a well-structured essay of around 2,500 words, including an abstract and a references section, with most grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary errors eliminated.|
|Regular attendance and participation in class activities are vital. You are expected to finish all assignments on time. Remember that, even if you miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what you have missed, and to turn in assignments on time.|
Whether or not a specific assignment is given in any given week, students need to write something each week and also to demonstrate each week that they have read something.
|Week 1: Introduction. Library search and free writing about possible topics.|
Weeks 2-3: Choosing a topic; collecting quotes from sources; learning to distinguish between sources and one's own writing.
Weeks 4-8: Building your paper using keywords and multiple short pieces of writing.
Weeks 9-10: Creating your first draft.
Weeks 11-14: Rewriting your paper based on feedback on the 1st draft.
Week 15: Review
|Most of the work will have to be done outside of class. Much of class time will be devoted to explanations and personalized guidance.|
|Final scores will be based on the quality of the final essay and regular writing through the semester.|
|Regular assignments: 50%|
Final assignment: 50%