Written Expression Syllabus                               


Teaching Unit :


Coefficient: 4

Credit: 6

Level: 1st year


Weekly time:




Bailey, S. (2006). Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students(2nded). British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data

Brady, S. (2003).  Proofreading, Revising, & Editing Skills Success.Learning Express, LLC.

Bowker, N. (2007). Student Learning Development Services Academic Writing. USA:Brace & World, INC.


Course Content


Lesson Content Objective
1. PunctuationRules

–          Commas

–          Semi colons

–          Colons

–          Quotation Marks

To indicate the structure of a sentence.
2. The Use of Capital Letters Knowing the general rules that govern the use of the capital letters in English.


3. The Phrases Learning the structural units which create meaning
4. The Sentence Structure

–          Clauses

o   Independent Clauses

o   Dependent Clauses

§  Noun Clauses

§  Adjective Clauses

§  Adverb Clauses

–          Kinds of Sentences

o   Simple Sentences

o   Compound Sentences

o   Complex Sentences

o   Compound-Complex Sentences

Learning the structural units which create meaning
5. Sentence Patterns Knowledge of how groups of words function to convey units of thought further enhances our ability to communicate clearly.
6. Expanding Sentence Patterns Expansion Through: modification, subordination, coordination and/ or substitution
7. Using Parallel Structure and Fixing Sentence Problems

–          Parallelism

o   Parallelism with Coordinators: And, Or, But

o   Parallelism with Correlative (Paired) Conjunctions

–          Sentence Problems

o   Sentence Fragments

o   Choppy Sentences

o   Run – Sentences and Comma Splices

o   Stringy Sentences



8. Determining meaning through context


Use of dictionaries connotations and denotation
9. Paragraph Structure

–          Three Parts of a paragraph

o   Topic Sentence

o   Supporting Sentences

o   Concluding Sentence

–          Unity and Coherence

o   Unity

o   Coherence

§  Repetition of key nouns

§  Key noun substitutes

§  Consistent Pronouns

§  Transition signals

§  Logical order

ü  Understanding the Writing Process

ü  Shaping Paragraphs

10. Types of Paragraphs

–          Narrative paragraphs

–          Supporting sentences for Narrative paragraphs

–          ACTIVITIES


–          Descriptive Paragraphs

o   Supporting Sentences for Descriptive paragraphs

–          ACTIVITIES


Assessment and Evaluation
Continuous Assessment

ü  50%


Final Assessment

ü  Exam 50%