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

Sunday, June 3, 2018

EGL203 Final

June 10 Finish revising your Author's Choice Essay. 

June 11/14: Optional Conferences

Monday, June 18: Final Quiz
- Short Writing Task - Sentence Error Correction focusing on what we've done in class including...
Some questions will be taken from the Midterm Quiz - Questions and Answers are here
There will also a Quizizz portion of the quiz checking aspects of writing mechanics we've covered. Most questions will be taken from this list of Quizizz

Optional Individual Conferences (June 11 & June 14)
These are totally optional and will not affect your grade. If you would like to go over any of your writing assignments or have anything else you'd like to discuss with me, feel free to sign up for an appointment.
Times: Monday June 11 4~7pm
Thursday June 14, 4-7pm
Conference Sign-up Form

Practice Activities

Parallel Structure
Exercise 1     Interactive Exercise

Exercise 2     Interactive Exercise

Subject Verb Agreement

Exercise 1 Interactive Exercise

Exercise 2   Interactive Exercise


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Author's Choice Writing Assignments

Wise Sayings Assignment (Due May 23)
In your Group Notes, post your Favorite Wise Sayings and description of why you like them. You only need to describe one, but list as many as you like, especially ones not listed on the handout.

List of Wise Sayings

Group Notes:  
EGL203-04     EGL203-06  

Author's Choice Assignment:  For your final writing assignment, you will be able to choose which type of writing to do.. It needs to be at least 500 words.  If you want to make it longer or do extra assignments, that is OK, but not required.  I will do my best to offer feedback on your writring, but can only guarantee feedback on the first 1000 words.
In class we will work on writing mechanics, learn more about particular types of writing, and have conferencing time. The schedule for the rest of the semester is:

May 28: Decide the type and topic of your Author's Choice Assignment
                in-class:  Discuss your writing plan.  Check with Jeff. Make an outline.  Start Writing.
May 31: 1st Draft of  Author's Choice Assignment Due, Bring printout to class
June 4/7: Work on writings in class, Prepare for Midterm
June 10, Final Edits of Elective Writing#1 Due
June 11/14: Optional Conferences
June 18:  Final Exam in class

You can choose many different kinds of writing you like, but some possibilities are below: 
Writing Prompts
Job Application Materials
If you are interested in getting feedback on Resumes and/or Cover Letters, I will be glad to offer it, but those will not count as part of your optional assignment. You can find some helpful information at

Use of translators and grammar checkers is allowed, but must be mentioned at the bottom of your essay.  Anything

Monday, May 14, 2018

Speak, Say, Tell, Talk & To Be vs To Do

Speak, Say, Tell Talk Guide#1

Video Guide: Confusing English Verbs: SAY | TELL | TALK | SPEAK

speak·talk·tell·say 차이점

I spoke with my girlfriend yesterday.
We talked for over an hour.
I told her I loved her.
She said she loved me too.

To talk to/with somebody (about something) (same as speak) 
I talked with/to her (about my disease). 
To talk about something
The teacher talked about the verbs in the past. 
As a noun. 
We need to have a talk. 

To speak to/with somebody (same as talk)
I spoke to the teacher.
To speak about something
He spoke about the new salary.
To speak a language
 I speak English.

To tell “somebody” “something” 
He told her he loved her.
To tell “somebody” about “something” 
He told her that he was busy. 
To tell (ask) “somebody” to “do something” 
He told (asked) us to study. 
To tell a story, a joke, a lie, a secret, the truth, the difference, the time.
The thief told the truth to the police. The thief told the police the truth. 

To say “something to somebody
He said (that) he slept more than necessary.
He said (that) he loved her.
Did you say something? Did you say that…? 

Be vs Do

DO is used as an auxiliary verb in negative statements  and questions.

We do not want to take the test.
Do you like ice cream?

BE is usually followed by an adjective, a noun, or a prepositional phrase.

She is very busy
They are teachers.
It was on the table/.
Say/Speak/Tell/Talk: 442427
To Be vs To Do: 062219

Monday, April 30, 2018

Week#9 & 10

To Discuss
- Midterms: Answers, scores,  thoughts
- Practice: see midterm page, EGO (English Grammar Online)
- Upcoming Assignments: Narrative Essay, Author's Choice
- Auto-translate Experiment

Narrative Essay
  • Things to remember as you plan your narrative essay
    - You are not just telling a story - what's the 'lesson learned' and/or moral of the story?
    - What's the hook?  How can you start in an interesting way?
    - What are the chronological details you will include in the story?|
    - Showing, not Telling
  • Before May 3 class:  Google Translate Experiment.  Post a narrative paragraph and auto-translations to  your Auto-Translate Experiment Doc:  EGL203-04   EGL 203-06
    Review Narrative Essay Materials (Packet pages 20-21, links above)
  • May 3 class: Prepare at least one Third Person Narrative Essay Topic. 
    We will outline it in class. 
  • May 7: No class :(
  • May 10:  Bring  a printout of the outline and first draft of your Narrative Essay.
    The essay should be 400~1,000,000 words. 
  • May 12: Finish making edits to the first draft of your narrative essay.