Rebekah Sidman-Taveau, Lecturer, EFS

EFS 688V – Stanford University


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Instructors : Ken Romeo Rebekah Sidman-Taveau
E-mail : E-mail :
Meeting place : 60-62M 200-230
Meeting time :
MTHF 10:00 – 11:50
Office hours: By appointment Mon. and Thurs. before or after class.
Course website :
Teaching Assistant: Rebecca Starr


This course is designed to give you practice with academic writing as well as to help you improve your pronunciation in English. You will have an opportunity to develop skills needed to write research papers. We will conduct a survey and do related writing in the form of proposal, prediction, and results paragraphs. As we write, we will work on vocabulary, grammar, and language style. In addition, we will work on select areas of pronunciation and help you to develop a customized study plan.


To pass this course, you must have 90% or better class attendance (i.e. you may miss no more than two classes). You are required to participate actively in class activities and to complete all homework assignments.

Individual Meetings: You will meet with the instructor individually for writing assessment and feedback and with the teaching assistant to develop a customized study plan for pronunciation.

Reflections: You will be required to write two reflections on your writing goals and progress. The purpose of these reflections will be to diagnose your difficulty areas and develop strategies for improvement. They will also be opportunities for you to communicate with your instructor.

Writing Assignments: In addition to several in-class writing exercises, students will also do several writing assignments based on a survey that will be sent to all of the participants of this program and possibly several other places. All students will write several questions based on their own interests and these will be combined with all of the items from both sections of 688V into one survey. Each student will write a proposal for a focus for their questions, a prediction for the responses to these questions, and then a longer paper analyzing the actual results of their questions as well as those of any other relevant questions.
Due dates:
Research focus proposal July 14
Survey questions – Draft July 20
Survey questions – Final July 21
Prediction paragraphs July 27
Survey analysis – Draft 1 August 3
Survey analysis – Draft 2 August 7
Survey analysis – Final August 14
Submissions must be made to CourseWork ( by 10:00AM.

Required Texts (Available in the Stanford bookstore)

Additional Resources


OWL (Online Writing Lab) is a web-based writing resource from Purdue University

Grammar: Focus on Grammar: A Basic Course for Reference and Practice


Azar, Betty Schrampfer. 1989. Understanding and Using English Grammar . 2 nd edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Regents.

Lane, J., & Lange, E. (1999). Writing clearly . Boston: Heinle & Heinle.

Nilsen, D., & Pace Nilsen, A. (1973). Pronunciation contrasts in English . NJ; Prentice Hall Regents.

Oshima, A., & Hogue, A. (1991). Writing academic English (3rd ed.). NY: Longman.

Swales, J. & Feak. C. (2004) Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills (2 nd ed.). Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.