Intermediate Expository Writing

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 210

       Course Name: Intermediate Expository Writing

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

EGL 101 or consent of instructor or department chair.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course develops student competence in preparation of compositions of extended length and emphasizes attention to stylistic techniques.  Recommended for students whose education or career plans will require writing with clarity, precision, and elegance.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students who satisfactorily complete the course will have given evidence of the following competencies:

  1. be able to discuss with some particular references the development of rhetoric studies in the western world;
  2. demonstrate proficiency in the conventions of standard written English;
  3. prove capable of writing compositions that demonstrate an awareness of the traditional modes of development;
  4. prove capable of writing compositions that demonstrate special attention of both purpose and audience;
  5. prove capable of writing compositions that demonstrate the appropriate relationship between logical thinking and effective writing;
  6. give evidence of developing a mature and effective prose style that is capable of adjusting to various writing situations.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Rhetorical Theory
    • trends and developments in writing
    • history of rhetoric
  2. Language
    • development
    • dialects
    • tone
  3. Style
    • mimetic writing
    • sentence combining (transformational grammar)
  4. Audience
    • purpose
    • tone
  5. Logic
    • critical thinking
    • organization
  6. Modes of Development of the Essay
    • definition
    • comparison/contrast
    • classification
    • process analysis
    • causal analysis
    • illustration
  7. Independent projects
    • students will consult with instructor on a research project suited to their specific education or career plans. Such projects might be in the area of writing and business, writing and literature, writing and education, writing and science, etc.

The outline is topical; instructors need not cover all of the topics under modes of development in the order presented, but should make some attempt at introducing the modes to the students. The length of the essays is to be determined by the instructor and the student.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, discussion, writing exercises, film and other media presented to help achieve the course objectives.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught as a face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

Reading and writing.  Examinations are optional.  A minimum of 3,000 words in a variety of assignments.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Suggested Texts:  Stewart, Donald, The Versatile Writer.

Check with the Chair for current list.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation methods include grading of exercises, composition, and other class activities.  Examinations are optional.

XI.   Other Course Information

Attendance policy

For whatever information/procedures the instructor holds the student accountable.

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