EFS Writing Courses
EFS offers four writing courses: EFS 697, Writing Fundamentals; EFS 698A, Writing Academic English; EFS 698B, Advanced Graduate Writing; and EFS 698C, Writing and Presenting Research
EFS 697 focuses on improving grammatical accuracy and vocabulary, building fluency, and learning the structure and conventions of English correspondence, reports, and short academic papers. Open to undergraduates by permission.
EFS 698A is the foundation course for students writing class papers, professional publications, and theses. It covers all the essentials of organizing and executing a research paper, and leads students through an analysis of the writing conventions for their own specific fields. Areas focused on include paraphrasing, reviewing selected grammar points, and working with sentence connectors. Major assignments are writing a summary of a research article, a critical review, and a final paper. For most master's students and many doctoral students, EFS698A is the only required or recommended course. The class typically includes three or four individual meetings with the instructor to discuss your writing.
EFS 698B is
the followup to 698A and assumes you have learned the material from that course.
698B focuses on improving your efficiency in the writing process, increasing
your understanding of the writing conventions in your field, and building
clarity and cohesion into your writing style. In addition, it leads you through
a deeper analysis of abstracts, introductions, and conclusions for academic
publications. The individual tutorials (five or more) are aimed at helping you
with writing you are currently doing for other purposes, such as course papers
(with the permission of your professor), articles for publication, or thesis
chapters. It is intended for students who meet all
three of the following
If you do not meet all three of these conditions, you should not take the class this quarter. The only regular exception to the above is if we have required you to take the course and this is your final quarter prior to graduation or going TGR (in which case we still expect you to meet Condition 3). Note that the class is offered every quarter, including summer.
EFS 698C combines presenting and writing of research. The course is intended for advanced students, including those working on research that will be presented at conferences and then written up as a paper or part of the conference proceedings. Besides reviewing key elements of successful oral and written presentation, it also provides opportunities to receive feedback both from the instructor and from the other students in the course. It should normally be taken after both 691 (oral presentation) and 698B (advanced graduate writing) and is offered in the fall. For further information, contact the instructor, Phil Hubbard (firstname.lastname@example.org).
IMPORTANT NOTICE: the goal of all EFS writing courses is to lead students to become better writers through analysis, feedback, and revision. The role of the instructor is not to serve as your editor merely to improve the final clarity and accuracy of your paper or thesis. As a courtesy, the EFS office has a listing of English tutors and editors available for hire. Contact Tracey Riesen, email@example.com, for a copy of the list.