Course Syllabus
Course Name Plain Written English  (Course No:52023)
Category Language Competence
Year Taken First or Second Year
Offered Major/ Type of Course All Majors / Elective
Number of Credits 2
Number of Classes 16
Professor Peter M. Skaer
Email : peter.skaer@babel.edu  
Course Description Focuses on writing in a simple and comprehensible manner through mastering the 'Plain Written English' principles.
Course Policy Attendance : Enter the course with password.
Netiquette : Refer to the Netiquette Policy in the Student Handbook.
Student with special needs : Refer to the Students with Disabilities and Accommodation Policy in the Student Handbook.
Academic Honesty : Refer to the Student integrity and Academic Honesty Policy in the Student Handbook.
Honor Code : Refer to the Honor Code Policy in the Student Handbook.
Course Objective (Goal) Obtain a simple and comprehensive writing skill of English by using “80 plain written English rules”.
Learning Outcome  Write proficiently English texts in a plain written English style, which was developed in the 1990s by an American linguistics professor in cooperation with Babel. Plain Written English is a set of 80 rules for writing English texts in a simple, comprehensive, and readable manner. By learning, understanding and becoming familiar with this writing style, students will be able to write at a speed of 1200 words in 30 minutes.
Course Progression Read the 'Main Course Text' and '80 Rules of Plain Written English'.
With reference to the 'Screenplates', listen to the audio lectures (English).
Submit assignment.
Course Text 'Main Course Text'
'80 Rules of Plain Written English'
*Authored by Professor
* Revised in November 2012
Course Outline Lesson 1: Overview of the four ‘Plain Written English’ Principles
Lesson 2: Overview of the Readability Levels, Overall and 80 Rules
<Lesson 3: Readability Levels and the Four Plain English Principles
Lesson 4: Overview of the Evaluation Tools and the Assessment Grid
Lesson 5: Describing a Product
Lesson 6: Writing a Simple Business Letter (main body)
Lesson 7: Writing a Cover Letter
Lesson 8: Writing a Letter of Inquiry
Lesson 9: Writing a Letter of Solicitation
Lesson 10: Writing a Letter of Complaint
Lesson 11: Writing a Letter of Appreciation
Lesson 12: Overview of Writing a Simple Business Report
Lesson 13: Writing a Simple Business Report (introduction)
Lesson 14: Writing a Simple Business Report (main body)
Lesson 15: Writing a Simple Business Report (conclusion)
Lesson 16: Review, Summary and Final Homework Assignment
Grade Evaluation and Course Requirement Number of Assignments: 16 (All 16 assignments are required)

There will be no final exam for this course.
Grades will be evaluated on the scores of the assignments from grades A to F.
Grade Score
A 85 - 100
B 70 - 84
C 60 - 69
D 50 - 59
F 49 and under
Submission papers will be returned with the evaluation sheet, which states evaluation marking and comments as well as corrections with rubrics.

*Minimum Course Requirement: B or above
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