Foundations of English – CLST 113

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course is a self-paced, individualized program tailored for each student’s assessed needs in the areas of English relating to writing and study strategies. This course is self-paced with instructor guidance and accountability to reach desired outcomes.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Some students who enter college lacking adequate preparation may need individualized assistance in one or more specific study areas. This course is designed to help the student enhance his or her academic success by achieving his or her specific academic goals in English.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze personal strengths/weaknesses in the categories of reading, English, and study skills strategies.
  2. Refine writing skills with an emphasis on usage, mechanics, organization, and content.
  3. Write an organized, well-developed paragraph with a clear purpose.
  4. Explain the relationship between biblical values and academic knowledge in developing a biblical Christian worldview.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to write a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 150 words, include at least 2 personal examples, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 50 words. No outside sources are required.

Introduction to Aplia

The student will complete the Introduction to Aplia assignment to familiarize himself/herself with the course software.

Weekly Activities

Each module/week, the student will complete an assigned number of activities per the textbook chapters found in the MindTap software. Each activity can be completed up to 3 times, and the highest grade will be recorded.

Paragraph Assignment

This assignment will be completed in 3 parts throughout the course.

Paragraph: Outline

The student will submit an outline of a paragraph using the form provided. The outline will discuss the reason the student chose to obtain a degree from Liberty University.

Paragraph: Prewriting

The student will write a paragraph of 200–400 words based on all of the elements of the paragraph outline.

Paragraph: Final Draft

The student will revise his/her paragraph assignment based on instructor feedback to create a final draft. The paragraph must be 200–400 words and include proper capitalization, spelling, punctuation, word usage, language mechanics, language usage, and sentence structure.

English Assessment

This assessment will assess the student’s ability to find errors in academic and formal English writing, and to select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The assessment will also cover reading comprehension and knowledge of the following elements of writing: content, organization, diction, style, and various writing modes. The English Assessment contains 62 multiple-choice questions and has a 1-hour time limit.