INSTRUCTOR: Dr. David Ludley
REQUIRED TEXT: College Writing
Skills with Readings (fifth edition)
If you dont have the
basic writing skills, many of your classes at Clayton will
probably suffer for it; that is, your grades will suffer, because
if you cant communicate your knowledge well to your
teachers, they will probably assume you dont have that
knowledge. English 099 is designed to head off that problem at
the start so that you will not only be able to enter English 1101
but will do well in that class as well. In addition, English 099
will prepare you for the COMPASS exit exam and the Exit Writing
Assessment, both of which you must pass in order to complete the
English requirement of the Department of Learning Support.
As you know, the Learning
Support English program is intended to lay the groundwork, give
you basics, in the development of your writing skills. English
099 concentrates on such concerns as organization, punctuation,
grammar, spelling, and the like. To be successful, you will need
to write a lot, read a little, brainstorm in
groups, confer individually, and systematically do whatever else
seems right and worth our time. We will treat grammar and
mechanics problems like kudzu and cut them down so that the
COMPASS, English 1101, and the Regents Exam dont
How do I study for the
Besides reading the
textbook, you will work with practice sheets that will focus on
special problems. Always remember: come to me if you have any
questions! Most important, you can find special help in the form
of tapes, slides, books, and tutors in the Center for Learning Enhancement,
located in the lower level of the Library. As well, students
who experience problems with Learning Support courses are
encouraged to discuss these with the department counselor, Mr. Rick Reynolds,
who is also the department head. You
may drop by his office is L-121, or you may arrange an
appointment with him by calling 770-961-3470.
Hard Core Information:
There will be a separate attendance/ participation grade
that will be averaged into the final grade; however, for
day students, up to three absences may be made up in the
Learning Center. Night students may make up only two
B. If you are going
to your dogs funeral or some such thing, let me
know in advance so that you will not lose credit on any
late assignments. If you have the Bulgarian Marching Flu,
give me a call at Clayton so I can tell you what you
missed. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR FINDING OUT WHAT YOU
MISS AND FOR MAKING UP ANY ASSIGNMENTS.
C. If you are absent
without JUST CAUSE, any late papers will count for one-half
credit, and you must do another paper to make up for
it. If you don't do all the late papers AND the penalty
essays, you must repeat the course. If you do have JUST
CAUSE (in my opinion) for not being around when papers
are collected, then you must simply turn the assignment
in when you return to class. However, saying that the
printer did not work that morning is not an
acceptable excuse for a late paper.
D. ALL OUT OF CLASS ESSAYS MUST BE
TYPED, with a font size 12. When you do an essay assignment, use only one side of each piece of
paper; also, you must skip every other line (double space), leaving
plenty of space between lines for me to make corrections. You will need
to write at
least five sentences per paragraph, within each 300-350 word essay.
Please remember: all out of class papers must be typed.
Otherwise, they will not be accepted.
E. Any assignment
not turned in before the last week of class will
automatically go down as zilches in the grade book. The
final DEADLINE for late assignments and retests is Tuesday, November 26.
*****All 5 tests must be
passed by this date for one to pass the course.
F. The CCSU Writing
Criteria will be used to score all written exercises.
G. Before you take
the COMPASS, and before you can pass the course, you must
succeed in writing the Exit Essay of 350 words with a
minimum of errors. This will be made clearer in
discussion and in handouts. *BEFORE YOU MAY TAKE THE
COMPASS, YOU MUST ALSO HAVE COMPLETED AND TURNED IN
- at the minimum - ALL OF THE MAJOR ESSAY
H. Before you can
take the Writing Assessment or the COMPASS, you must show
me that you can handle the five major English areas
youll have to deal with on the COMPASS. You must do
this by working yourself up to a 75% competency or better
on the major COMPASS learning packages Ill be
Within each unit, you will be given up to two retests if
you dont pass the first time, so that you will have
extra time to overcome any special problems you may have.
(If you are absent for the first testing opportunity,
however, you lose it and must pass on the two remaining
tries.) No more than one retest will be allowed during
the last week before the deadline -- November 20 - 26. Dont fall into that horrible pit of
shogbot for people who delay taking the retests. People who fail
the course usually procrastinated on taking the retests. REMEMBER: YOU MUST PASS ALL FIVE UNIT
TESTS, TO BE ELIGIBLE TO PASS THE CLASS.
J. You must pass the
COMPASS test to leave English 099. The COMPASS exit test and retest will be
scheduled for around December 9 - 11.
K. If you pass the five unit tests, COMPASS exit test and the Exit Essay,
and do all the other required work, you will receive a
"C" or better for the course. However, if you
don't do all the work, including all
the essays and the assigned book homework, you will not pass and will have to repeat the
PLEASE come to visit me in
my office - A&S-105E if you have any questions,
are unsure of anything, or just want to talk to me about class.
YOU ARE WELCOME! My office hours are on another page. I may also
be in my office at other hours as well, but please make an
appointment to see me at any other times. My e-mail address is
listed on the front, as well.
No classes at CCSU are scheduled for the Labor Day Break/Faculty Planning: Sept.
or for the Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 27 - Dec. 1.
NOTE: Individuals with disabilities who need to
request accommodations should contact the Disability Services Coordinator,
Student Center 14, 770-961-3719, firstname.lastname@example.org