Advanced English Composition (Spring 2020)
Prof. Kent Lee
Dept. English Language & Literature, Pukyung National University
Time: Mon 9.00-9.50am
Office & office hours: by appointment
Provisional, temporary syllabus
This website will go along with my syllabus and materials in our LMS for this course, as well as materials that supplement my course book.
1 Weekly lessons
Everyone should fill out the following Google Form, which asks for general information about you, and some survey questions about your attitudes toward English. If you are taking more than one course from me this semester, you only need to fill this out once.
1.2 Week 3, Day 1: 01 April (Wed)
You can look at the handout, and view the lecture video. At times you will need to pause the video, think about the question, and talk to someone. You can arrange to talk to a classmate that you in the department, especially if you know someone taking this course. Otherwise, please find friends, classmates, or other persons, and discuss the questions with them.
This lesson deals with the writing process. This is something that you might have discussed in a previous course, but we will approach it differently, and this will eventually lead to a short essay assignment.
- The writing process handout
- Lecture video: The writing process
- Google Form #2: About your writing process
- Optional: It may help to view parts of this video of Stephen Pinker
1.3 Week 3, Day 2: 03 April (Fri)
You can look at the handout, and view the lecture video. At times you will need to pause the video, think about the question, and talk to someone.
This lesson deals with the writing process, motivation, and writing strategies. Please fill out the survey when the video prompts you to do so. Later you will fill out an online form to answer some questions.
- Writing strategies handout
- Lecture video: Writing process, motivation, & writing strategies
- Writing strategies inventory: This is an online version of the inventory in the handout. You can fill this out, and I will calculate your scores and email the results back to you.
- Google Form #3: About your writing strategies and motivation
1.4 Week 4, Day 1: 08 April (Wed)
- Lecture video
- Handout available through the LMS announcements
- Google Form assignment (15 points)
- Homework: see the sections immediately below on Internet sources, newspaper samples, and news outlets. Answer the questions in the Google Form.
1.4.1 Internet sources
Look at the following websites. Discuss: how reliable and trustworthy are these sites? What criteria can help you distinguish good sites and sources from bad ones?
1.4.2 Newspaper article samples
Now look at the following news stories about a border controversy in Hong Kong. Which seem biased, neutral, informative, or reliable, and why?
- Global Times 
- South China Morning Post 
- CNN 
- Reuters 
- New York Times 
- Business Insider 
1.4.3 News outlets
Look at the following news outlets, and discuss the following.
- Which ones seem reliable?
- Which ones would be worth citing for information in a college paper?
- For Korea (or your own country), which news outlets would be more reliable, and which ones would be less reliable?
- Fox News http://www.foxnews.com
- Breitbart http://www.breitbart.com
- New York Times http://www.nytimes.com
- New York Post http://www.nypost.com
- Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com
- Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com
- Wall Street Journal http://www.wsj.com
- Time Magazine http://www.time.com
- The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com
- The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk
- BBC News http://www.bbc.com/news
- The Sun http://www.thesun.co.uk