Sunday, December 31, 2017

Welcome to ENG265

Advanced Composition
Fall 2017
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:  ENG265-01

Hangul Romanization Guide and Converter
Practice Sites:   AgendaWeb

Finals Schedule: 
No Class: Monday, December 11 & December 18
Final Exam: Wednesday, December 20, 3pm

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

ENG265 Final Schedule

Wednesday, December 13: One-on-one conferences     (Conference Schedule)
   - go over writings
   - confirm attendance
   - anything else you'd like to discuss

Wednesday, December 20: Final Written Quiz
Similar to midterm
- error recognition
- sentence correction
- checklist grammar
- short writing task

Study Materials

Written Quiz Answers
Sentence Corrections & Practice Materials

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Elective Writing Assignments

For the rest of the semester, you will be able to choose which type of writing assignments to complete. In class we will work on writing mechanics, learn more about particular types of writing, and have conferencing time. The schedule of  elective assignments is:

November 3:  1st Draft of Job Application Materials Due
November 8: Bring an outline of Elective Writing #1 to class  
November 17:  1st Draft of  Elective Writing#1 Due
November 26: Post additional errors you're not sure how to fix on our Group Notes Doc
November 27: Bring a printed outline of Elective Writing #2 to class   Outline Examples    Video
November 29, 11:59pm: Final Edits of Elective Writing#1 Due
December 1: 1st Draft of  Elective Writing#2* Due
December 15:  All Final Edits Due

* Elective Writing#2 should be your best piece of writing yet.  (at least 400 words)
You can do any kind of writing you like, but some possibilities are below: 
Writing Prompts
Do NOT copy and paste more than two words from any source without citing it!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Citation, Avoiding Plagiarism, & Copyright Issues

From:  University of Rhode Island Libraries
What is plagiarism? Many students have heard the classic definition, that it's using someone else's work without citing the source. Plagiarism can take other forms, however, including:
  • Re-arranging an author's words (paraphrasing) and using it without a citation
  • Using someone else's ideas without citing the source
  • Using a photograph or image and not including a citation
  • Submitting the same paper for two different assignments
Sometimes, plagiarism is accidental. A few strategies can help anyone avoid accidental plagiarism:
  • Allow plenty of time to research and write papers and presentations
  • Take complete notes, and include author's names and page numbers for easy reference later
  • Use the citation tools available in databases, word processing software, and online
  • Consult the style guides for the format, such as the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, the MLA Handbook, etc
Short Version

Longer Version

 Sources of  copyright friendly media 
Information about Fair Use

Monday, November 13, 2017

Grammar Checkers

There are a variety of programs and sites that can be used to find potential grammar errors.  None of them are perfect, but they can offer useful feedback. 

Grammar Checkers

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Job Application Materials

Your job application materials should have a clean, easy-to-read format. For the purpose of this assignment focus more on content than format.

  • Highlight relevant experiences (job and other)
  • Be Concise - Make it easy to read
  • Use Action Verbs  (see vocabulary section)
Cover Letters
  • Write it to a specific company, know what they are looking for
  • Make an impression - have personality
  • Express why you are a good fit
  • Remember it's not about what they can do for you, but what you can do for them
  • Before writing try to answer these questions
  • Correct language usage matters

Resume Building Sites

Monday, October 16, 2017


Written Quiz Answers
Questions will involve Writing Mechanics and Sentence Error Correction related to....
One-on-one conferences
This is an opportunity to meet with Jeff one-on-one to..
  • get better acquainted
  • go over writings
  • discuss anything else you'd like.
ENG265 Conference Times
  • Monday, Oct. 16. 3-4pm
  • Monday, Oct. 23 2-4pm
  • Thursday, Oct 26 5-6pm
  • Monday, Oct 30 2-4pm

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Descriptive Writing & a Chuseok Moment

Descriptive Writing

At some point during the long Chuseok break, choose a moment to describe. If you can take a photo, great. If not, create a strong mental image. Write 200 words describing that moment as powerfully as possible.  Do not describe a series of events (e.g. first this happened, then that happened).  Instead what it felt, looked, sounded, and smelled like to be in that moment and why that moment touched you

Type this in your Google Drive ‘ENG265 Writings’ folder and post it in the class Band by Oct. 10. Bring a printed first draft to class on Wednesday Oct 12 .


Descriptive Words

Google Translate Examples

Jeff's Approach to Writing

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Week#4 - Prepositions of Time & Your Future

Go to Vs. Go for Vs. Go in

Prepositions of Time

More about Prepositions of Time

Usage of Marry/Get Married

Assignment:   Add 150+ words to your Timeline Google Doc about the events of your life that will take between 2023 and 2030.  Use as many different types of future tense as possible. 

Future Tenses

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Week#3 Writing in the Past Tense

Types of Past Tense



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


From Quizizz
Phrasal Verbs            625191
Phrasal Verbs 2          313666

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
Collocations 1
Collocations 2
Collocations 3
Collocations 4
Collocations 5
Collocations 6
Collocations 7
Collocations 8
Collocations 9
Collocations 10
Collocations 11
Collocations 12
Collocations 13
Collocations 14
Collocations 15

From Quizizz
Assorted                      106267
Go Get Come              247563
Pay Keep Save           228776


Edit your Identity assignment by 11:59pm tonight (Sept 13)
Jeff will comment on your document by noon on Saturday.  Take another look and try to fix any errors before our next class. If you are not sure what to do, don't worry. We will work on unsolved errors during our next class.

Review past tense materials and  take at least one of the Quizizz by Sunday at 8pm.
Go to:
  787801 Simple past or past continuous
  843999 Past perfect continuous
  398791  Present perfect x past continuous

The first draft of your timeline assignment is due on Sept 20.
Timeline Assignment: Describe 1-3 of the major events on your timeline using a total of 400+ words. Try to use a variety of past tense forms.  Bring a printout of your first draft to class on Sept. 20.
Jeff's example here.

Edit your Timeline assignment by 11:59pm tonight (Sept 20)

Jeff will comment on your document by noon on Saturday.  Take another look and try to fix any errors before our next class (Sept. 25). If you are not sure what to do, don't worry. We will work on unsolved errors during our next class.

Complete these Quizizz
Phrasal Verbs 2          313666
Go Get Come              247563

More optional Quizizz

Phrasal Verbs            625191
Pay Keep Save           228776
Assorted Collocations                     106267

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Error Corrections, Checklists, and first revisions

AssignmentRevise your ‘Identity Assignment’ Google Doc using the Editing Checklist below.  
Please bring a printout of your revised writing to class on Wednesday, September 13.

ENG265 Editing Checklist
Every time you write a document for this class, use the following checklist to catch potential errors,  improve your writing,  and help Jeff keep his sanity.
  • Does every singular countable noun have an article or determiner?
  • Do any sentences begin with a FANBOYS coordinating conjunction?
  • Does every sentence begin with a capital letter? Is ‘I’ alway capitalized)?
  • Is the document spell-checked?
  • Does every sentence have a subject and a verb?  Do they agree?
  • Are adjectives and adverbs as close as possible to the words they modify?
  • Do ‘a, b, c’ sentences use parallel structure?  (e.g.  reading, writing, and to speak)