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

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

Monday, August 6, 2018

Welcome to EGL 203

EGL 203
Advanced Composition
Spring 2018
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.

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
https://quizizz.com/collection/5b13a31280227700193d61f8

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


Prepositions


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 BUFSJobs.blogspot.kr:

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.

TALK 
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. 

SPEAK
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.

TELL
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. 

SAY 
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/.


Join.quizizz.com
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
Assignments: 
  • 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.



Sunday, April 15, 2018

Midterms - Spring 2018





Assignment:  By April 21, finish revising your Opinion Essay.  Do you best to correct the errors that were commented on.

Written quiz Monday, April 23
- Writing tasks involving basic mechanics
- Sentence Error Correction focusing on
Individual Conferences
Aside from showing up or not, conferences will not affect your grades. It is just an opportunity to meet with Jeff one-on-one to..
  • get acquainted (or catch-up)
  • go over specific writing questions and/or course progress
    - Prepare specific questions about error corrections on your writing assignments
    - What are your biggest writing challenges and/or confusions?
  • discuss anything else you'd like.
Sign-up by 10 pm April 17
Times: Monday April 23, 2pm~5pm, 7pm~8pm Monday April 30, 2pm~5pm
 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


Preposition Quizzes
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