University Writing: Persuasive and Argumentative Essays
What you'll learn
- Entry level university writing techniques for persuasive and argumentative essays.
- Essay organization, required essay parts, how to win arguments.
- Presenting, supporting, and defending a position, while explaining and refuting counter positions.
- Tailoring your argument to have the maximum effect on your chosen audience.
- Be able to write a paragraph in English.
Welcome to University Writing: Persuasive and Argumentative Essays. Its purpose is to aid students transitioning either from American high schools or foreign universities into an American university's writing program. It teaches the skills required to create a clear, well organized, adequately supported academic argument. The likes of which make up the vast majority of ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, GRE writing tasks, and university writing assignments, encountered in almost all classes.
University writing courses are required by all American university students. Unfortunately, they have an extremely high failure rate. This failure rate is in part due to a large gap between the skills taught in the classes students are coming from like American high schools and EFL/ESL classes taught in other countries and the required skills for university classes. In the classes the students are coming from, they are shown how to write 100-300 word reports on a given topic. But, never how to write proper academic arguments that are between 1,000 and 5,000 words in length. Unfortunately, it is expected that students know how to write these types of papers before coming to university writing classes. This gap in knowledge causes a large number of students to have to repeat their writing courses, wasting time and money.
My goal for this course is to help ensure as many students as possible are successful the first time they are faced with an American university writing class. I will use simple English and concepts to make sure the students can understand the content. I use outlines and argument diagrams so that the students of this course, regardless of their background, can grasp the fundamental form of academic arguments in a wide variety of fields for just about any purpose. This knowledge, carried into other university courses, will help students obtain stronger grades on their term papers. This, in turn, will help to improve a student's overall GPA and their chances of being accepted into graduate school.
Who this course is for:
- American high school students about to graduate.
- ESL students preparing to study in America.
- Students preparing for a university entry level writing course.
- Students struggling with a university level writing course.
- Members of debate teams.
Daniel Current holds a Master's Degree in English with a focus on teaching English as a second language, as well as, Bachelor's Degrees in Anthropology and in Religious Studies. This academic background enables him to not only teach English but to also engage the students with a deep understanding of their respective cultural backgrounds.
He has taught at the university level for over a decade. In that time he has helped more than 3,000 students from across the globe strive for their dreams of being successful in an American university. Currently, Daniel is a teaching professor and writing program administrator at a state-level university.
Being dyslexic and dysgraphic, Daniel knows what it is to struggle with communication and what it takes to overcome those obstacles. These personal struggles in his past with writing have caused him to continuously strive towards his teaching specialty, helping linguistically disadvantaged students become successful at the university level.