Course Overview

This course trains students to write clear and well-organized paragraphs and short essays. Students also regularly practice the basic skills of academic research. Strengthen their analytical and study skills, and use academic vocabulary needed to understand various content areas in college courses.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University noncredit transcript.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze a writing prompt to determine task type/format
  • Combine material from outside sources with their own ideas in writing, using proper citation methods
  • Identify, explain and be able to correct basic revising weaknesses in their own and/or a partner’s writing
  • Organize ideas according to basic logical conventions used in academic writing
  • Recognize, interpret and express simple, compound and complex sentences with appropriate connotation
  • Write paragraphs and short essays with: a conclusion appropriate for the style and development method of the essay, a meaningful topic sentence or thesis statement, enough information to support or explain the thesis, including some outside research, clauses and phrases as transitions for cohesion, logical organization of support

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SCN 161

Format: Online

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior status – or a 2024 high school graduate.

International students must have a TOEFL Score of 42-71 OR IELTS Score of 5.5-6.5. No requirements for native speakers.

Credit: Noncredit

Grading: Pass/Fail

Cost: $1,995
Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees. Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – Online: Explore college life before stepping foot on campus! High school students can enroll in a college-level course, pursue their academic interests, and meet likeminded students in daily virtual events and activities.

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesSynchronous Class Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – Online6-Week Session: Monday, July 8 – Thursday, Aug. 15, 2024Mondays;
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Course Requirements

Technology Requirements

Students need a laptop with working camera and microphone, stable internet connection, Zoom app and G Suite apps.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students will meet 1x a week for 2 hours, students log in to Zoom and have a class comprised of 1 hour of direct instruction, 1 hour of application, and 30 minutes of workshop/revision time with instructors as needed

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College virtual activities to meet and connect with other students across the world. Check out our Virtual Campus Experience page for more information!

Faculty Bios

Tara Manion

Tara Manion- Hailing from the hills of Fabius, Tara is a native New Yorker who enjoys time outdoors with her family and dogs. Tara is a graduate of William Smith College and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Media & Society in 2012. She traveled to Costa Rica to obtain her 160-hour TEFL certification, and shortly after moved to South Korea to teach at Avalon English. Her classes included all levels of English and various learner populations. Tara is passionate about Korean language and culture, and especially enjoys kimchi pancakes whenever she can. In 2019, she graduated from Arizona State University with a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction for ESL. Today, she is an Instructional Language Coordinator at Syracuse University’s English Language Institute, where she teaches English for Academic Purposes. Tara has been an ESL teacher for eight years and is happy to share new learning experiences with her students every day.

Haley Berl

Haley is an Instructional Language Coordinator at the English Language Institute at Syracuse University. She enjoys getting to know her students and learning something new about the world every day. Haley comes from New England and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and French at Gordon College in Wenham, MA in 2012. She studied in Aix-en-Provence for a semester to learn French and experience the South of France. She then traveled to the west coast to complete her Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with a concentration in Applied Linguistics at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in 2014. Haley has taught English as a Second Language for over ten years at a variety of institutions such as Metro Nashville Public Schools Nashville State Community College, Lipscomb University, Tennessee State University, and of course, Syracuse University. Haley loves going on outdoor adventures with her little dog, such as hiking, running and stand-up paddleboarding.

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