SemesterFall Semester, 2023
DepartmentFreshman Class A, Department of English Freshman Class B, Department of English
Course NameWriting and Reading (I)
Course TypeRequired
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

9/14         How to build your vocabulary

                        Using the dictionary

                        Building vocabulary from your readings

                        Turning passive vocabulary into active vocabulary

                “Writing with a Central Idea” (Pt. I, chap. 1, pp. 1-7; 15-21)

                The importance of understanding your readers

                *#自傳or 學習歷程自述 in English-draft

9/21         “Writing the Research Paper” (Appendix, pp. 447-58)

                How to take notes for your readings

                        Choosing the tools

                        Building categories for your notes

                        Developing symbols

                How to take notes in class

                        Catching the key ideas

                        Finding the examples and explanations for the key ideas

                        Using your notes to review the materials

                *#A reading note and a class note for IWL or IL-draft

                *The exercises: “Sentence Combining: Embedding Adjectives, Adverbs, and Prepositional Phrases” (pp. 32-39)

9/28         “Using Narration as an Expository Technique” (Patterns, pp. 497-501)

                The reading for narration (1): “Without Emotion” (pp. 9-11)

                *A reading note and a class note for IWL or IL-revised

                *The exercises: “Sentence Combining: Coordination” (pp 67-75)

10/5         “Reading for the Central Idea” (Pt. I, chap. 2, pp. 41-45; 49-51)

                The reading for narration (2): “How to Stay Alive” (pp. 48-49)

                *#自傳or 學習歷程-revised

10/12       “Summarizing and Responding to Reading” (Pt. II, chap. 1, pp. 155-58; 162-65; 167)

                Finding a topic from your readings

                Asking meaningful questions about your readings

                *The exercises: “Sentence Combining: Using Subordination” (pp. 108-13)

10/19       The reading for narration (3): “Pain” (Patterns, pp 514-20)

                *#A summary-response of a story from IWL-draft

10/26       Introduction: “Supporting the Central Idea” (Pt. I, chap. 3, pp. 76-90)

                The reading: “The Neglected Suicide Epidemic” (pp. 98-102)

                *#A couple of questions about your readings for IWL or IL and possible answers with textual evidence

11/2         “Illustrating Ideas by Use of Examples” (Patterns, 43-48)

                The reading for example (1): “My Long Distant Life” (Contemporary, 335-39)

                *A summary and a response of a story from IWL-revised

11/9         Introduction: “Unity and Coherence” (Pt. I, chap. 4, pp. 114-20; 22-23)

                *The exercises: “Sentence Combining: Subordination” (pp. 108-13)

11/16       The midterm examination

11/23       The reading for example (2): “Liem and Anton” (Patterns: pp 75-82)

                *The exercises: “Sentence Combining: Verbal Phrases” (pp. 147-54)

11/30       The reading for example (3): “Taking Care of Aging Parents” (Contemporary, pp. 344-48)

                *The exercises: “Sentence Combining: Appositives” (pp. 195-99)

12/7         Introduction: “Explaining with the Help of Description” (Patterns, pp 441-46)

                The reading for description (1): “The Yellow Door House” (Patterns, pp. 480-84)

                *An essay about family built by examples-draft

12/14       “The reading for description” (2): “More Room” (Norton, pp 83-87)

                *#Find one examples of description from readings of IWL explain its implication-draft

                *#Present a space in your experience and explain its significance-draft

12/21       The reading for description (3): “Once more to the Lake” (Norton, pp. 53-58)

                *Sentence Combining: Parallelism” (PP, 230-35)

12/28       Discussion for the readings and writing goals next semester

                *#Find one examples of description from readings of IWL and an explanation

                *#Present a space in your experience and explain its significance-draft

about its implication-revised

1/4           *Presentation of the profile about who you are

1/11         The final examination


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant



Course Requirements:

1. Attendance and participation in class discussion are essential.  Students who have four or more than four absences, excused or not, will fail this course.

2. All reading assignments must be finished as instructed BEFORE class for discussion.

3. Students need to bring a notebook to class.

4. 3C products can be used only for the quiz or a quick check for vocabulary.

5. No late exercise will get full credits; late exercises will be penalized or rejected at the instructor’s discretion.

6. Students who cheat in exams or plagiarize will fail this course and be subject to disciplinary action.



1. Class attendance and discussion: 10%

2. Writing Exercises: 50%

3. Quizzes: 10%

3. Midterm and Final Examination: 30%

Textbook & Reference


McDonald, Stephen, William Salomone, Sonia Gutiérrez, and Martin Japtok.  The Writer's Response: A Reading-Based Approach to Writing.  Sixth Edition.  Cengage Learning, 2017. (900è765)

Dictionary of Common Errors.  Eds. N. D. Turton and J. B. Heaton.  Second Edition.  England: Longman, 1996. (


Bibliography for the readings

Schwegler, Robert A.  Patterns of Exposition.Seventeenth Edition.  New York: Longman, 2004.

Peterson, Linda H., John C. Brereton, and Joan E. Hartman, eds.  The Norton Reader: an Anthology of Nonfiction Prose.  Shorter 10th Edition.  New York: Norton, 2002.

Goshgarian, Gary.  The Contemporary Reader.  Eighth Edition.  New York: Longman, 2005.




Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary.  2nd Edition.  Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2005. Print. ($850è723)

Chalker Sylvia.  English Grammar: Word by Word.  Hong Kong: Nelson, 1990.  (300è255)

Collins Cobuild Advanced Dictionary of American English.  Boston: Harper Collins P, 2007. Print.  ($980è500)

Oxford English Dictionary.  Oxford: Oxford: UP, 2013.  Web.

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