Monday, December 31, 2018

Welcome to EGL204 (2018)

EGL 204
Advanced Composition
Fall 2018
Busan University of Foreign Studies

Instructor: Jeff Lebow Office: D571  Email: 
Office HoursWednesdays 5-6pm, Fridays 2-4pm and by appointment
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:  EGL204-01     EGL204-02  

Class Band:   EGL204-01     EGL204-02  

Entrance Questionnaire

Hangul Romanization Guide and Converter

Monday, October 29, 2018

EGL204 Life After the Midterm

Midterm - grades posted Wednesday (cumulative score), answers here

Author's Choice Assignment:
For your final writing assignments, you will be able to choose which type of writing to do. You'll need to complete at least to major writing assignments and write at least 500 words.  If you want to make it longer or do extra assignments, that is great, but not required.  I will do my best to offer feedback on your writing, but can only guarantee feedback on 1500 words.
In class, we will work on writing mechanics, learn more about particular types of writing, and have conferencing time. The schedule for the next couple of weeks is:

Nov. 6: Decide the topic of your  first Author's Choice Assignment
                in-class:  Discuss your writing plan.  Check with Jeff. Make an outline.  Start Writing.
Nov. 9: 1st Draft of  Author's Choice Assignment Due, Bring a printout to class
Nov. 11 (8pm): Finish revisions to your first Author's Choice Writing
Nov.  13: Bring a printout of your revised writing (along with the  messy printout of your first draft)
November 16 Sentence Corrections

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

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018

Practice Activities: Grammar, Writing Mechanics, & Typing

 November 9 

Level Tests

Specific Quizzes

More at:

Throughout the rest of the semester, I encourage you to practice particular parts of language mechanics that are challenging for you.  Create a Google doc in your folder called 'Your Name - Learning Practice Documentation'.  Upload descriptions and screenshots of activities you've complete.

Please add other useful sites to this list by commenting below.

Phrasal Verbs
Phrasal verb is the name given to an English verb which is composed of two or three words. One verb is combined with a preposition (like on, in, under) or an adverb (like up, down, away). Sometimes a phrasal verb can have a meaning that is very different to the meaning of at least one of those two or three words separately



Collocations are partly or fully fixed expressions that become established through repeated context-dependent use. Such terms as 'crystal clear', 'middle management', 'nuclear family', and 'cosmetic surgery' are examples of collocated pairs of words.

Lists & Guides
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Week#7 and #8 Schedule

EGL204-02 - Revise our persuasive essay by Oct. 13
(Jeff will make comments before Oct. 16 class)

EGL204-01 - Revise our persuasive essay by Oct. 17
(Jeff will make comments before Oct. 19 class)

Final edits due by October 21

EGL204 Midterm
Oct. 23 Written Quiz

EGL204-01  noon

EGL204-02 1pm

Optional Conferences (sign-up October 16)

Oct 23 11~noon ,   2pm~5pm

EGL204  Written Quiz Prep >
(Sentence Corrections, Quizizz Basics, short writing task)
Error Corrections: Week#1 Sept 14 Sept. 18
  • Comparative and superlative 723278 
  • Subject - Verb Agreement 759724 
  • so / such / too / enough 349921 
  • ed vs ing 212159 
  • collocations with Prepositions 216879 
  • Prepositions 134794 
  • EGL203 Final 659932

Friday, September 28, 2018

Structured Opinion Essay

Opinion Essay Checklist
  • Is there an interesting hook? 
  • Is there a clear, strong thesis statement?(By the end of the first paragraph, do you know who is be persuaded of what and do you care?)
  • Are there are least three supporting arguments or reasons supporting the thesis statement?
  • Does the essay address at least one counter argument?
  • Would this essay help persuade you to agree with the author?
  • Is the fourth wall broken?

Starting with a Hook

Former Student Examples

  • There is a woman who accidentally got pregnant. 
  • A five years old child was playing in front of her house with her mother. Suddenly the tragedy happened 
  • ‘Language is a weapon’. I've always believe this.
Hook Guides:  Writing the Hook13 Examples   Hooks & Attention Grabbers

Don’t Break the fourth wall

Don’t tell the reader that you’re going to tell them something - just tell them!

Examples of things to avoid:

  • In my opinion, I am opposed to the legalization of same sex marriage 
  • In this essay, I will handle that a couple who has more benefits than a couple who have never lived with each other. 
  • My statement is that death penalty must be exist and it’s effective. 
  • Personally, I strongly believe euthanasia should be legalized. I have three reasons for my argument. 
  • Then I claim that couple should live together at least 6 months before they get marry.