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: bufslebow@gmail.com 
Office HoursWednesdays 5-6pm, Fridays 2-4pm and by appointment
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:  EGL204-01     EGL204-02  

Class Band:   EGL204-01     EGL204-02  

Entrance Questionnaire









Hangul Romanization Guide and Converter

Monday, December 10, 2018

EGL204 Final Challenge Practice

The materials below can help you prepare for the Final Challenge on December 18.
Midterm w/ Answers


Quizizz:  Go to Join.Quizizz.com   Code: 032799
Questions #1~#10 are new.   #11~30 are from the midterm.



Sentence Corrections: (1~5 are from the midterm, 6~40 are from in-class sentence corrections)


  1. He is so nice guy! 
  2. me and my friend go library yesterday during two hour. 
  3. Sam has many free times these day. So he like watching movies, meet friends, and plays yoga. 
  4. Even I have been date my boyfriend since 2 years, yet i not meet his mother. 
  5. I visited each of Mexico and Hong-Kong for 2 times. 
  6. Her knee hurted before 3 months. But she still hard to walk. 
  7. I remember it was awkward at the first time 
  8. How do you think of Mexican food? 
  9. He ate few different things, but was still hungry. 
  10. They are so nice and kind people than I thought. 
  11. Every people face a challenge in life. 
  12. Even many people think him as honesty person, he is not. 
  13. The temperature was 39 degrees in Aug. 22, the hot day in the year. 
  14. My another goal is to lose 5kg. 
  15. We are hard to correcting all of sentences. 
  16. It’s been 2 years since I haven’t seen you 
  17. He is one of most famous singer in world 
  18. As I had lived in school dormitory, I need a new house to live in. 
  19. China is most influence country about Asia's football. 
  20. When I was in primary school, I knew a beautiful girl, who’s name is Gao Shujie. 
  21. When we arrived in Taipei, my friends and I went to Ximen firstly. 
  22. A few days ago, there were big elections happened in Taiwan 
  23. His companion need to be tolerated by loneliness and frustration for a long time. 
  24. The seller give more amount of food and more side dish than you actually ordered. 
  25. I'm very thank you for always listening to my story. 
  26. I like to enjoy to binge watching especially dramas. 
  27. He feel strange when a woman he love want to stay 
  28. When you seems them hard at first, 
  29. Nike collaborate with various other fashion brand, 
  30. There is no more special things 
  31. There is a research from the Economist. 
  32. The most popular menu here would be soju and beer. 
  33. He was one of the greatest singer in 70s. 
  34. When I became third grade in middle school 
  35. I complained a lot for serving the army. 
  36. recently korea try to reduce plastic trash 
  37. I will going to trip to Europe for two month. 
  38. On the right time, in the right place, the party begun. 
  39. Not only me and your father knows your effort. 
  40. We are hard to corrects all of sentences.


More practice materials

Specific Quizzes

Phrasal Verbs

Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Homestretch & Author's Choice #2



Author's Choice#2  Assignment:
For your final assignment, you will again be able to choose which type of writing to do.


The schedule for the next couple of weeks is:

By Nov. 24: Make final revisions to your Author's Choice #1 assignment
Nov. 27: Come to class with at least one writing idea.              
               In class: Decide the topic of your  second Author's Choice Assignment,
              Check with Jeff.   Discuss your writing plan.  Make an outline.  Start Writing.
Nov. 30: 1st Draft of  Author's Choice Assignment  is due (from 400~1000 words)
                Bring a printout to class
by Dec. 5: Finish Revising first draft of Author’s Choice #2
Dec 7: Regular class, Seeking Revision Perfection
Dec. 11: Final Prep,  Optional Conferences (sign-up here)
Dec. 14: No Class
Dec. 18: Final Challenge
Dec. 21: No class. Happy Vacation.

As long as it's useful and/or interesting, you can choose any kind 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 BUFSJobs.blogspot.kr:   BUFSresumeproject.blogspot.com

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 BUFSJobs.blogspot.kr:   BUFSresumeproject.blogspot.com

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Friday, October 26, 2018

Practice Activities: Grammar, Writing Mechanics, & Typing


 November 9 

Level Tests





Specific Quizzes

https://www.examenglish.com/grammar/B1_question_tags.htm











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

LISTS
From UsingEnglish.com

ACTIVITIES

Collocations
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
Activities 
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


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 > Join.Quizizz.com
(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.




Guides

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Week #4-6 Tasks





By September 30
Post your revised Identity Writing to your class band. Photos optional.

By October 1

Write 200-400 words describing your Chuseok moment as powerfully as possible. Do not just describe a series of events (e.g. first this happened, then that happened). Instead, help the reader understand what it felt, looked, sounded, and smelled like to be in that moment and why that moment touched you.
Type this as a Google Doc in your ‘EGL204 Writings’ folder by Oct. 1 at 6pm.

By October 2

Bring a printed copy of your descriptive writing to class on Tuesday, Oct 2 .

Descriptive Writing Resources

Jeff's Chuseok Moment


By October 5 - Choose a Persuasive Essay topic and create a basic outline

Structured Opinion Essay Guide

By October 12
Write a 300-1000 word opinion essay. Create a Google Doc in your EGL204 Writing folder before our next class and change the title to 'Your Name - Persuasive Essay'.  Proofread your writing at least once and BRING A PRINTOUT of this first draft to our next class. Also bring your outline (no matter how messy it is).

Friday, September 21, 2018

Descriptive Writing




Descriptive Writing Tips
  • Paint a picture - Show vs. Tell
    Consider all senses (sights, sounds, smells, tastes, textures)
  • Include active, powerful, energetic verbs
  • Choose flavorful (juicy) adjectives and nouns
  • Connect to the heart and the mind
  • Notice small, interesting details
  • Use metaphors and similes when appropriate

Videos & Presentations
Examples

ASSIGNMENT, Part#1

Capturing a Chuseok moment. At some time during your long weekend, notice a moment that is full of things to describe. Take a few photos and/or write down at least ten words (not sentences) that describe the what you see, hear, smell, taste, and/or feel (physically and emotionally).


ASSIGNMENT, Part#2
Write 200-400 words describing you Chuseok moment as powerfully as possible. Do not just describe a series of events (e.g. first this happened, then that happened). Instead help the reader know what it felt, looked, sounded, and smelled like to be in that moment and why that moment touched you.

Type this as a Google Doc in your ‘EGL204 Writings’ folder by Oct. 1 and bring a printed copy to class on Tuesday, Oct 2 .
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Week#3 - Corrections, Revisions, & Chuseok Moments

In-Class Sentence Corrections (answers in your class group notes)

ASSIGNMENTS

Finish revising your Identity assignment by September 22. When doing so, make sure to check for ‘low hanging fruit’.

  • Spell-check (it helps to use Chrome Browser)
  • There should be a space after periods and commas.
  • Every sentence begins with a capital letter
  • Make sure no sentence begins with FANBOYS.
  • ‘I’ should always always capitalized.
  • Do not create new revision documents, resolve comments, or show revisions.  Just revise.



Capturing a Chuseok moment.  At some time during your long weekend, notice a moment that is full of things to describe.  Take a few photos and/or write down at least ten words (not sentences) that describe the what you see, hear, smell, taste, and/or feel (physically and emotionally).



Complete Quizizz Practice by September 21.
 https://join.quizizz.com

  • Fanboys 836297
  • Past Perfect vs Simple Past 945063
  • Past Perfect or Past Perfect Continuous? 170587

Sunday, September 2, 2018

EGL204 - Week#1 & Week#2

In class: 

Week#1 Assignments

Due September 4


Join the EGL204 Band for your class. EGL204-01   EGL204-02

 

➤ Get a Gmail Account: Install these apps: Google Drive, Docs, Translate.

➤ Post a selfie in the Band with your name (in 한글 ), Student #, Gmail Address and ‘Please call me…’


Due September 8   

➤ Complete the Entrance Questionnaire

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 EGL204 Writing Folder. Create a document named 'Your Name - Identity Assignment'.  Feel free to include any related photos. You can see Jeff's Example here.  https://goo.gl/RnrKdV
Bring a printout of your writing to class on Sept. 11.
Finish your first draft revisions by Sept. 12 11:59pm. 

Writing Task#2:  

Based on your timeline, write 10 sentences using different forms of past and future. Create a Google Doc in your folder entitled "Your Name - 10 Past & Future Timeline Sentences".  Jeff's Example
EGL204-01 Due: Thursday, September 13 by 6pm

EGL204-02 Due: Sunday, September 16 by 6pm
Past & Future Verb Forms Guide