Monday, August 6, 2018

Welcome to EGL 203

EGL 203
Advanced Composition
Spring 2018
Busan University of Foreign Studies

: Jeff Lebow Office: D571  Email: 
Office Hours Mondays 5~7pm,  Tuesdays 4:30pm~6:30pm or by appointment  Course Website >>>

This is an advanced composition course that will focus on fine tuning writing skills acquired during prerequisite courses. Aspects of composition covered will include academic, creative, and letter writing.

Group Notes:  EGL203-04     EGL203-06  

Hangul Romanization Guide and Converter

EGL203 Packet:  Google Doc   PDF

Monday, March 19, 2018

Week#3 Descriptive Writing

In Class Task:
Describing the ‘Captured Moment’

Our goal is to generate language that powerfully describes your moment.

  • Share some background information - (e.g. who was involved, where it happened, what happened before your moment)
  • Share the words/phrases that you wrote down one at a time. For each word, describe your moment as completely as possible, using some of the methods below.
  • Give lots of specific sensory details to help the reader visualize the entire scene.   What/How did you see, hear, taste, smell, feel (physically and emotionally)
  • Linger on important descriptions and use similes and metaphors to develop them. 
  • Delve into your thoughts and tell us what you were thinking and feeling at the time.
  • Group members, ask questions and help generate even more descriptive language.


Write between 400-600 words describing your moment.  If you prefer, you can write about two different moments.  Create a Google Doc in your EGL203 Writing folder before our next class. Proofread your writing at least once and BRING A PRINTOUT of this first draft to our next class.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Weeks#1 & #2 - Orientation & Getting Acquainted


In class:
Print out the EGL203 Packet:  Google Doc   PDF  and bring it to every class.
& Capture a moment - in your mind and with words and phrases

At some point during the next 80 hours,‘capture a moment’ worthy of description. While you’re in the moment or shortly thereafter, become very aware of what is going on and what you are feeling.  Take a ‘mental recording’ and as soon as possible write down words and phrases (in any language) that capture everything you can about that moment and help others understand what you sensed and felt. There can be meaning in the simple moments of life, so the moment doesn’t have to involve a lot of activity.   Examples include: Being squeezed between two smelly guys on the subway, taking a romantic walk on the beach, staring at yourself in the mirror wondering if your bangs look right, taking your first sip of beer on Friday night, coming home to your dog wagging its tail like crazy and slobbering all over you, lying awake at night hearing the ticking of a clock worrying about….

On Monday, March 19, bring your list of words and phrases to class.  Do not turn them into sentences or paragraphs yet - we will do that next weekend.  For now, just capture the moment.
Check Page 16  of the EGL203 Packet for helpful tips.

Useful Tools

Week#1 Assignments In class
due by March 6 (11:59pm)

due by March 11 (11:59pm)
  • Writing Task#1: List all of the different parts of your identity. Then write 300 or more words describing at least three different parts of your identity. Please do this on a Google Doc in your EGL203 Writing Folder. Feel free to include any related photos. You can see Jeff's Example here.
    How to Use Google Docs for your Writing AssignmentsWhen you are done, please copy and paste your writing into the Class Band.