ESL 044 Advanced ESL Writing

Campus Location:
Georgetown, Dover, Stanton, Wilmington
Effective Date:
Test score or ESL 034 and ESL 036


Course Credits and Hours:
4.00 credits
4.00 lecture hours/week
0.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

Students enhance writing skills and apply academic writing standards to create unified and coherent paragraphs and short essays.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:


Schedule Type:
Classroom Course

Some lecture hours may be completed in a laboratory setting.

Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Edit writing for accuracy and clarity. (CCC 1, 2; PGC 3, 5)
  2. Compose varied sentences that are consistently clear and accurate. (CCC 1, 2; PGC 3, 5)
  3. Construct coherent and unified paragraphs and short essays. (CCC 1, 2; PGC 3, 5)
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with standard cultural expectations in American academic and professional life with regard to submission of written assignments. (CCC 1, 2, 3; PGC 3, 6)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Edit writing to achieve accuracy and clarity.
    1. Identify and correct errors in agreement, verb tense, verb form, possessive case, word order, word form, capitalization, punctuation, voice, and parallel structure.
    2. Rewrite sentence fragments and run-on sentences.
    3. Apply editing and proofreading skills to personal writing.
  2. Compose varied sentences that are consistently clear and accurate.
    1. Use a variety of sentence types in writing assignments.
    2. Select and evaluate the effectiveness of connectors and transition words.
    3. Use effective word choice in sentences.
  3. Construct coherent and unified paragraphs and short essays.
    1. Compose an appropriate response to a writing prompt.
    2. Employ writing process strategies from pre-writing through first draft, editing, proofreading, and final draft to complete writing assignments.
    3. Create clear, effective thesis statements supported by relevant and sufficient details.
    4. Show logical progression of ideas with effective transition words.
    5. Employ summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting strategies effectively.
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with standard cultural expectations in American academic and professional life with regard to submission of written assignments.
    1. Complete and submit assignments on time.
    2. Follow directions regarding the appearance and formatting of final drafts.
    3. Comply with standards regarding plagiarism.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

90 100 = A
80 89 = B
70 79 = C
0 69 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

Tests (summative)


Quizzes (formative)


Assignments (formative)


Skills assessments (summative)




Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):
  1. Speak English with sufficient proficiency to obtain, exchange, and present information, ideas, and opinions for personal, academic and general work-related purposes.
  2. Apply English listening comprehension skills of formal and informal spoken English in social, academic and workplace settings.
  3. Compose effective paragraphs and/or short essays incorporating the conventions of English grammar, mechanics, and usage.
  4. Use English reading comprehension skills with sufficient proficiency to obtain general information and specific details from a variety of general interest readings and limited academic texts.
  5. Use grammatical structures accurately and appropriately to support effective comprehension and expression of English in daily and academic situations.
  6. Use a variety of technological tools to learn and express English in everyday and academic settings.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.