Directed Study in the Writing Lab

ENC 3905/4905/5905 WRITING LAB INTERNSHIP
APPLIED GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION or
METHODS CLINIC: GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION

INSTRUCTOR: Mamie Webb Hixon

E-MAIL: mhixon@uwf.edu

PHONE: 433-3324 (home)

      474-2987 (office) 

      474-2029 (Writing Lab front desk)

DESCRIPTION: ENC 3905 Writing Lab Internship (aka Applied Grammar and Composition) is a one-, two-, or three-semester hour upper-division course which provides training for prospective English teachers not only in the concepts of grammar, usage, mechanics, and writing but also in the methodology of teaching them. Training includes but is not limited to developing tests and study aids, administering and grading tests, tutoring students in grammar and usage, teaching basic composition skills, holistic scoring of essays, and reading students' papers for content, correctness of expression, manuscript format, and documentation style.

The course requires variable supervised Lab hours and a one-hour weekly class conducted by the Writing Lab Director:

  • One-hour credit course: 4 hours in the Writing Lab
  • Two-hour credit course: 6 hours in the Writing Lab
  • Three-hour credit course: 8 hours in the Writing Lab

PREREQUISITES: approval of the Writing Lab Director and one of the following:

  • A passing score on the Writing Lab's Grammar Survey test A B or above in LIN 3341 Modern Grammar and Usage
  • A B+ or above in ENC 2080 Practical Grammar
  • A 90 or above on the Writing Lab's Diagnostic Test

Course Limit : 5

COURSE REQUIREMENTS :

A Writing Lab directed study student must complete the following:

  • Required attendance at a one-hour grammar session per week
  • Attendance in the Lab during student's assigned hours
  • Mandatory one-week orientation
  • Supervised grading of tests and explaining of test items
  • Mandatory attendance at monthly Lab staff meetings
  • Operation of the Grammar Hotline
  • Holistic scoring of practice CLAST essays
  • Performance of all other lab-related duties not specified above

A Writing Lab directed study student may be required to complete the following:

  • A final examination requiring the student to provide analytical explanations for errors in grammar, usage, mechanics, and syntax
  • A project requiring the student to create course-content related tests for freshman composition and service composition classes, skills tests and exercises, skills handouts, or any other lab-related materials
  • Analytical reading of practice CLAST essays
  • The Lab's Diagnostic Test
  • Weekly written exercises requiring enrolled students to provide explanations of grammatical rules governing tested skills

GRADING

Your final grade will be based on the following:

Final and/or Project: 50%
Directed Study Components*: 50%

*Components of this Directed Study are weighted as follows:
 

Attendance

 5 

Punctuality

 5

Professionalism (as defined in the staff manual)

 5

Ability to follow directions

 5

Tutoring

 5

Knowledge of grammar

 5

Execution of duties

 5

Ability to work well with others

 5

Communication skills

 5

Adherence to policies and procedures

 5

 

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