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040 ENW Writing (Instructors)  

Advanced Academic ELS Writing I
Last Updated: May 24, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Welcome ENW 040 Instructors

Please use this page to access course information (documents) , handouts (documents), and web links (video links). Don't forget to check this page regularly for updated messages concerning the course.

Students also have access to the handouts and links by going to the ENW 040 student libguide page:


This semester, we will no longer be using the grammar textbook.  Instead, we will use the exercises that are in the writing book as well as numerous additional activities, handouts, and internet sources that are in the libguide. Please spend some time looking over the libguide to see what is available to supplement the exercises in the writing textbook. Also, feel free to use your own materials (and share them with me so that I can post some of them on the libguide).

In the Video Links section of this libguide, you will find some useful YouTube videos, courtesy of Prof. Kazan.

Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.






Notes for Instructors

The First Day of Class

For the first day of class, you will need the course syllabus, student questionnaire, student information sheet (please note there is a new requirement that students attend two workshops), the portfolio memo and a list of irregular verbs. You can access  these documents by clicking on the Documents tab. They are located in the Course Information file. Also, I recommend using Nancy Silvestro's paragraph and questions on Martin Luther King, located on the box above. This is a great introduction to paragraph structure, parts of speech, and adjective clauses. She has also created a quiz on the course requirements and syllabus, also located on the box above. This could be used in the second class.


On the first day of class, it's very important to get a writing sample from students and ask them to fill out a student questionnaire. The writing samples will give you a good indication of a student's ability to succeed in the class. Look very carefully at the writing of students who are new to the college. If you notice that a new student's writing seems high or low for the level, please contact me about a possible level change. 

Possible topic for writing sample:


Suggested Topics: 

  •  The advantages and/or disadvantages of being the oldest, middle or youngest in family. 
  • The advantages or disadvantages of online shopping.


I ask students to write a four paragraph essay, but realistically because it is the first day, they don't have time to write the entire essay. I collect whatever they have written, make comments and give it back to them the following week to revise.


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