ESL Workshop in Composition

Some students choose to take ESL Workshop in Composition followed by Seminar in Composition.This is a two-course sequence, with the first course specifically designed for students for whom English is not a first language. Students in this two course-sequence typically  take ESL Workshop in Composition in Fall Term and then register for a 200-level ENGCMP course or FP 0006 in Spring Term.

In ESL Workshop in Composition, you can expect to

  • Study the topic of writing as a process
  • Discuss conventions of American academic writing 
  • Study topics related to culture and identity to explore writing in English
  • Develop stronger personal writing habits and processes
  • Write in response to challenging readings
  • Devote class time to reading and writing, as well as evaluating the writing of others
  • Experiment with writing strategies 
  • Have 15 students in your class

You do not have to choose ESL Workshop in Composition just because English is not your first language. Choose your course based on the kind of learning experience that would be most helpful to you. ESL Workshop in Composition is most appropriate for students in these circumstances: if you are not completely confident in academic reading, writing and discussion because English is your additional language even though you have received some education in English-speaking countries, and/or if you are interested in more intensive support for your acquisition of academic English and if you would like to work with faculty who understand your possible challenges and know how to help you appropriately. If English is not your first language, and you found the DSP's reading and writing activity difficult and/or time consuming, consider ESL Workshop in Composition. 

If you want support as you are working on your writing projects, you can register for ENGCMP 0151 Workshop Tutorial, a two-credit tutorial course that allows you to meet with a faculty consultant in the Writing Center each week. This is a good option if you feel unsure about the writing process or want a reader for your work. It’s also a good option for those who have questions about sentence-level writing issues.

If you have questions or would like to discuss the option of ESL Workshop in Composition in more detail before making your decision, please email dsp@pitt.edu