|University Undergraduate Advising Handbook|
ADVISING PLACEMENT GUIDE
TALKING POINTS TO ASSIST ESL STUDENTS IN CHOOSING
ENGLISH COMPOSITION COURSES
(Reference: Scheduling First-Year Writing Courses)During the first week of classes, students in ESL 004 and ESL 015 take an in-class writing test to confirm that they are in the appropriate course.
|ESL 004||ESL 015||ENGL 015|
|1. What type of writing did you do in your high school English classes?||Usually wrote five-paragraph essays of one to two pages||Usually wrote essays of more than two pages and also wrote essays that involved some library research||Frequently wrote essays of four or more pages and research papers|
|2. What did the teacher largely focus instruction on?||Writing of grammatically correct sentences and structure of the essays||Writing to develop and communicate ideas, writing to argue and support a position, practicing grammar, vocabulary, and essay structure||Writing to develop and communicate ideas, and writing to argue and support a position|
|3. How easily can you read and paraphrase someone else's words to support your ideas?||Not easily||Usually easily but not always||Fairly easily|
|4. How frequently do you revise your papers?||Rarely||Typically but not extensively||Often|
|5. How often do you read other writer's texts to help you develop your ideas when writing essays in English?||Rarely||Sometimes||Often|
|6. Do you ever consider yourself to be a confident and competent writer in English?||No||Somewhat||Very much so|
|7. How often do you make mistakes in grammar and vocabulary while writing in English?||All the time||Sometimes||Rarely|
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Reviewed: May 2011
Last Update: June 2010