This program could be the follow-up to Logical Communication — a course that emphasizes logical flow, organization of ideas. The emphasis of the course, in comparison, is insight: those fleeting, intuitive leaps and connections we all make at some point — magic glimpses of understanding, and even wisdom.
Within our lives that are daily we seldom capture our insights, seldom record them or explore them. Yet they make for splendid essays. Students in this course, accordingly, are trained, first, to see and record their observations that are own insights; second, to explore them by means of essays.
The situation with the academic approach
In schools, the essay is generally presented to students as a peculiar artifact of this classroom, unrelated to the world that is outside. Students started to know the essay as an embarrassing but necessary academic chore, one properly conducted in a rigid and tedious form, like the essay that is five-paragraph.
In line with this approach, students usually are asked to write essays before they will have actually read any.
Everything about that approach does students a disservice that is real. Truth be told, essays play a role that is vital the real world: these are the principal forum for sharing insights or discoveries and for hashing out controversies. In nearly all field of human endeavor — science, economics, history, law, foreign policy, you name it — the leaders or pioneers in the field invariably seek out the essay whilst the medium of preference for discussing new developments out from the frontiers of discovery. So in almost every field, the essential important discussions and debates take place in the form of essays.
In addition, traditional writing instruction leaves students ill-prepared for writing challenges they are going to soon face — e.g., college-admissions essays, scholarship-application essays — which bear little resemblance to your five-paragraph essay. Students in this program, by contrast, emerge not just with relevant training for writing such essays; they emerge with a toolkit for producing them with great efficiency.
Understanding the form
It’s no accident that this program is named Essay Writing & Appreciation: our students read a number of the finest essays ever written. In this course, moreover, the essays have now been selected due to their insights that are astonishing.
Understanding the essay form and what it can achieve is really important to your intent behind the program: equipping students to express their thoughts that are own insights on paper. The course prepares our students to participate in the real world of essays — discussions conducted by leaders in whatever fields our students may pursue in this manner.
Students in this course undertake many different class activities and homework. Along with reading and analyzing essays by great writers, our students:
- maintain a notebook of observations & insights;
- routinely sketch out essay >The activities in this program are also built to reinforce skills studied in Logical Communication — skills like:
- crafting effective openings;
- clear thinking;
- Producing flow that is logical
- clarity and precision of expression;
- economy of expression;
- enhancing impact.
The fee with this two-semester course is $ 1340.
($670 per semester).
This course comprises:
- thirty 90-minute sessions and thirty 1-hour sessions, for a total of 75 hours of live instruction, including activities and discussion;
- command of language — the capacity to put thoughts into clear English, with rich vocabulary, correct usage, and correct punctuation;
- knowledge, perceptions, and insights — easily put, they have to have something to say;
- convincing arguments — the ability to present a case that is sound with clear points sustained by sol >Our writing instruction, accordingly, is centered on listed here principles:
- To produce writing that is clear students must first have clear thoughts.
- To create in a particular form — like the essay — they must first understand and appreciate that form, in other words., they have to explore models.
- Students should be designed with a rich arsenal of tools not merely for writing, but also for thinking — for working together with thoughts and >For all these reasons, we teach writing in stages, with the first stage being Logical Communication — a course for which our students become adept at dealing with ideas, identifying sound arguments, and perceiving flow that is logical. Also, our students read and come to appreciate essays that are great and then they start to write essays themselves.
Writing is one of the most difficult subjects to teach — and partly because it is not a single complex skill, but alternatively a host of skills, many different and intertwined. It’s also a process — and like all processes that are complex it is at risk of inefficient, i.e., time-wasting, approaches.
To write effectively, students should have: