COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course aims at strengthening students’ writing skills for narrative, descriptive, expository and argumentative writing. The focus is on the process of writing such as planning (selecting a topic, writing effective thesis statements, finding a style suitable to a particular audience), organizing ideas in outlines, writing first drafts, editing, and rewriting to produce acceptable essays. Furthermore, argumentative writing skills will be reinforced through in-class debates which require in-depth research techniques and use of the APA style of documentation.