Thursday, August 1, 2019

Welcome to EGL 115 (Spring 2019)

EGL 115
Advanced Composition
Spring 2019
Busan University of Foreign Studies

Instructor: Jeff Lebow Office: D571  Email: 
Office HoursWednesdays 3-5pm, Thursdays 3-4pm 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:  EGL115-05    EGL115-08  

Class Band:   EGL115-05    EGL115-08  

Entrance Questionnaire

Monday, June 3, 2019

EGL115 Final Challenge

June 10  Finish revising your Author's Choice Writing.

June 10~14: Optional Conferences

Final Challenge
  • EGL115-05 - June 18, 2pm
  • EGL115-08 - June 20, 1pm
- Similar to Midterm
- Basic Grammar Questions - Sentence Error Correction focusing on what we've done in class including..
- Short Writing Task.

Optional Individual Conferences (June 10~20)
These are totally optional and will not affect your grade.  If you would like to go over any of your writing assignments or discuss anything else, please sign up for an appointment.
  • Monday, June 10 , 11am~2pm
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2~4pm
  • Thursday, June 13; 1~3pm
  • Friday, June 14, noon~1pm
Sign-up here

    The materials below can help you prepare for the Final Challenge.

    Digital Midterm w/ Answers
    Written Midterm Answers

    Study Materials

    Sentence Corrections: See Group Notes for examples and corrections  EGL115-05      EGL115-08  

    Some questions will be taken from these practice Quizizz

    More Practice Activities
    Specific Quizzes
    Phrasal Verbs
    Parallel Structure
    Exercise 1     Interactive Exercise
    Exercise 2     Interactive Exercise

    Subject Verb Agreement

    Exercise 1 Interactive Exercise Exercise 2   Interactive Exercise


    Monday, May 20, 2019

    Practice Activities: Grammar, Writing Mechanics, & Typing

     Skills Practice Activities
    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.

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    Sunday, May 19, 2019

    Author's Choice Writing - Spring 2019

    Coming Soon.... Author's Choice Writing

    Our goal for the rest of the semester is for you to develop your writing skills in the way that's best suited to your needs. As long as it's useful and/or interesting, you can choose any kind of writing you like, but some possibilities are below: 

    Monday, May 13, 2019

    Descriptive Writing

    Descriptive Writing  (See pages 21~26 of the EGL115 Packet)

    Choose a photo that worthy of an interesting description. You can use one of the photos you posted in the Band Week#6.  You will have 15 minutes to write a short objective description and short subjective description. You can use text you already wrote and continue writing.
    Objective:  Just the facts - What, where, when, who, how, etc...
    Subjective:  Your opinions and feelings about what is happening in the photo.  

    Create a 'Your Name - Descriptive Writing' Google Document in your EGL115 Google Drive folder. 
    Write at least 150 words objectively and/or subjectively describing a photo (or series of photos).
    Due May 18 (EGL115-05)


    Descriptive Words

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    EGL115 Midterm

    In-class: create outline and work on first draft of opinion essay.
    Complete first draft Google Doc by April 29 (EGL115-05) or May 2 (EGL115-08)  and bring a printout to the first class of Week#9.
    (300~700 words)

    EGL115 Midterm
    Written Quiz

    EGL115-05  Tuesday, April 23, 3pm

    EGL 115-08 Thursday, April 25, 2pm

    The quiz will focus on writing tasks involving basic mechanics and Sentence Error Correction

    Optional Conferences (sign-up after your first class of Week#7)

    Conferences are not required and will not affect your grades. They are 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.
    Possible Times - Week #9
    • Monday, April 29 4~5pm
    • Tuesday, April 30 , 4~5pm
    • Thursday, May 2, 3~4pm
    • Friday, May 3, 1-3pm

    EGL115  Written Quiz Prep   (sample questions here)

    Error Corrections:   Week#2   March 14   March 19      March 26    March 28     April 1     April 9

    Topics covered will include:

    Practice Activities


    Friday, April 12, 2019

    Structured Opinion Essay

    Opinion Outline Doc (File/Make a Copy) Title:  Your Name EGL115 Opinion Essay Outline

    Jeff's Example

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