Sunday, December 31, 2017

Welcome to ENG265

ENG265
Advanced Composition
Fall 2017
Busan University of Foreign Studies

Instructor
: Jeff Lebow Office: D571  Email: pufslebow@gmail.com 
Office Hours Mondays 5~7pm,  Tuesdays 4:30pm~6:30pm or by appointment  Course Website >>>     writingbridges.com

 
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.


Welcome to ENG265.  Please feel free to get a headstart on assignments by working on some of the tasks listed on the Weeks#1 & 2 post below

Group Notes:  ENG265-01  ENG265-02


Class Band:   ENG265-01  ENG265-02








Error Correction Codes    Blogger Guide

Hangul Romanization Guide and Converter

Syllabus & Week#1 Handout


Monday, August 14, 2017

Weeks#1 & #2 - Orientation & Getting Acquainted


We will spend the first week of  class getting acquainted with each other and getting oriented to the course methods and tools.

In class:  Written Acquaintance Jigsaw
                  Syllabus & Week#1 Handout

 Assignments  
     by noon Septenber 8  (for those registered week#1)
Register for a Gmail account if you don't already have one.
Create a Blogger BlogBlogger Guide here and Screencast here

Join
please join the the class Band  ENG265-01  ENG265-02
  W
ebsite: Band.us   Apps Android   Apple    Band Screencast
 
Other Apps to install:
Blogger

Google Drive
Google Docs
Quizlet


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Welcome to ENG260 (2017)

ENG260-02
Advanced Composition
Spring 2017
Busan University of Foreign Studies

Instructor
: Jeff Lebow Office: D571  Email: pufslebow@gmail.com 
Office Hours: Tuesdays 5~7pm,  Fridays 4pm~6pm or by appointment  
Course Website >>>     writingbridges.com

 
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: ENG260-02


Class Band: ENG260-02



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Blog-building and an About Me Page

Write an About Me page for your blog. It can incude
- A short introduction
- Information about your interests and future plans
- A description of what you plan to do with your blog


How to add an About Me page to your top menu


Former Students 'About Me' pages


Other Examples


Guides






Searching for blogs on Google
Tips:
  • include 'site:blogspot.com'   or 'site:wordpress.com' in your search. 
  • include the word 'blogroll' in your search to find others' lists of blogs. 
  • click 'Search Tools' and select News/Blogs


Narrative Essay

Narrative Essay

Letter Writing Resources

Letter Writing Resources

Personal Profile Articles

Writing a Personal Profile Article

  • How to Write a Profile Feature Article - The New York Times

     Decide on an approach.
     Outlining your story is the best way to start. This means reviewing your notes, marking the most interesting or articulate quotes, making a list of important points, and creating a structure into which you can fit your information. Spend extra time of the beginning of your story. Readers will decide whether to proceed based on the capacity of your lede to grab their interest.
     Focus on what's most compelling. Before you start writing, think through all the information you have and all the points you plan to make. What's surprising? What's important? What's useful?
     Show, don't tell. It is tempting to describe a room as messy or a person as nice. But carefully-observed details and well-chosen verbs make a much stronger impression than adjectives.
    Put your story in context. You must help answer a reader's biggest question about any story: Why should I care?
  • How to Write a Profile Story

    That theme should be introduced in the lead, it should be explored and often it will be returned to at the end of the story. Something of a person’s character, spirit and style will then be revealed through that theme.
    Be Curious: Good reporting skills equal good observation and listening skills. If you don’t understand something, ask the person to explain. Underline or circle all names, ideas, etc you’re unsure of so you can double check them.

  • Seven Tips for Producing Great Profiles

    Avoid Factual Overload

    Too many beginning reporters write profiles that are little more than an accretion of facts about the people they are profiling. But readers don't particularly care when someone was born, or what year they graduated from college. So yes, include some basic biographical information about your subject, but don't overdo it.

    Avoid Chronologies
    Another rookie mistake is to write a profile as a chronological narrative, starting with the person's birth and plodding through their life up to the present. That's boring. Take the good stuff - whatever it is that makes your profile subject interesting - and emphasize that right from the start.

    Make a Point About Your Subject
    Once you've done all your reporting and gotten to know your subject reasonably well, don't be afraid to tell your readers what you've learned. In other words, make a point about what kind of person your subject is. Is your subject shy or aggressive, strong-willed or ineffectual, mild or hot-tempered? If you write a profile that doesn't say something definitive about its subject, then you haven't done the job.

Examples
Assignment Process- A Personal Profile Article
You are going to write a story about a classmate.  Try not to make it a simple biographical profile but rather a story about a current passion, a major past life event, or a dream for the future.

Take at least 30 minutes to interview each other.  You can ask the questions below or any others you’d like.  Try to find an interesting ‘angle’ and pursue that by asking lots of follow-up questions.

  1. What’s on your mind these days?
  2. What’s something most people don’t know about you?
  3. What were the most significant events/turning points of your life?
  4. What do you want to be doing in 5, 10, 20 years?
  5. What is your biggest regret?
  6. Who are your heroes and role models?
  7. What are you most proud of so far?
  8. What’s your favorite (book, quote, movie, song, etc..)?  Why?
  9. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  10. What would you like to change about yourself?
  11. How would you describe yourself?  How would you like to be described?
  12. What have been the highlights and lowlights of your life? time at BUFS? semester?
  13. Tell me about your family.  Close friends.
  14. How would you describe your family culture?
  15. What were you like as a child? teenager?
  16. What was your dream job as a child? What is it now?
  17. How do you spend your free time?
  18. What have been the best and worst parts of your university experience?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Weeks#1 & #2 - Orientation & Getting Acquainted


We will spend the first week of  class getting acquainted with each other and getting oriented to the course methods and tools.

In class:  Written Acquaintance Jigsaw
                  Syllabus & Week#1 Handout

 Assignments  
     by noon March 8  (for those registered week#1)
Register for a Gmail account if you don't already have one.
Create a Blogger BlogBlogger Guide here and Screencast here
Register at Quizlet (You can use your Google account to sign up easily - please use a recognizable name as your ID)
 and join the ENG260 Quizlet Class    Quizlet Screencast
Join
please join the the class Band  ENG260-02
  W
ebsite: Band.us   Apps Android   Apple    Band Screencast
 
Other Apps to install:
Blogger

Google Drive
Google Docs
Quizlet
Choose at least three of the acquaintance questions we used in class on March 3 and answer them in at least one  page of text (300~500 words).  Choose questions that you can answer in an interesting way. You can use any writing platform  (pen & paper, PC based word processing, or  phone text). Feel free to choose more than three questions and write more than one page of text
Post a 1~5 minute INTRODUCTION VIDEO to the class BAND. 
You can take a ‘selfie video’ with your phone or get help from a friend. Be as creative as you like!  Begin by telling use your name and then read the revised responses to your 'Get Acquainted' questions. Read as naturally as possible. You can then say anything else you like (or not).  If you have any problems uploading the video to the Band, email the file to Jeff at pufslebow@gmail.com


For Friday March 10 Bring in at least 5 photos of things that are important to you. These can be people, places, experiences, possessions or anything else you value. Photos can be printed or shown on a digital device, but can not be stored on a USB drive with no display.



Week#2 (due March 11, 6pm)
After completing your ENG260 Entrance Questionnaire (so that Jeff knows your Gmail address), go to your Google Drive.  Click 'Shared with me'.
You should see a folder with your name and ENG260 Writings.
RIGHT click it and select 'Add to my Drive'. 
Open that folder and click 'New/ Google Doc'.
Click 'New/ Google Docs'. A new document will appear . Change the title to 'Your Name, Student ID, Get Acquainted Responses'.
Type (or copy/paste) your responses to the 'Get Acquainted Questions' there.
You do not need to save the document - it is automatically saved every 5 seconds.
If you like, you can post this on your blog as well, but you are not required to do so. 

You're Done!  Enjoy your weekend!