ENGL-121 guides students through the expository writing process through close reading of contemporary critical discourse and teaches the rhetorical arts of argument and persuasion through critical thinking, reading and research. Students will develop an understanding of themselves as readers and writers of world cultures who participate with others in responsible public discourse and have moral and ethical responsibilities in that discourse; students will also examine the relationship among writer, audience, and purpose, and practice writing prose through a recursive process. Students completing this course should be able to write persuasive, researched and documented essays (of at least 1,000 words) demonstrating the conventions of standard written English and manuscript presentation.
Prerequisites Eligibility to enroll in ENGL-121 is based on English placement test scores or the
successful completion or required developmental English course work.
Instructor Sylvia Lee
Office DH 343
Overall Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of various writing invention strategies for generating ideas and
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships among writer, audience, and purpose;
3. Formulate clear thesis statements;
4. Organize ideas logically and appropriately to support the thesis statement;
5. Edit, revise, and proofread to achieve more effective communication of ideas;
6. Provide constructive feedback to another student’s writing in a workshop setting;
7. Use study skills and techniques for answering in-class essay exam questions;
8. Employ critical thinking skills as a writer;
9. Apply various editorial and revision strategies to enhance communication;
10. Demonstrate in writing awareness of an appreciation for other world cultures;
11. Demonstrate the ability to use word-processing, appropriate software programs, and electronic
resources for writing and revision;
12. Effectively locate, evaluate and incorporate several sources of information using library
resources and electronic media;
13. Demonstrate the primary principles of scholarly inquiry and research;
14. Demonstrate advanced conceptual skills and knowledge of researched essay conventions and
documentation (MLA or APA).
Specific assignments and procedures for evaluating student performance in the class (i.e., grading) will be described in the individual class syllabus, but all sections will include the following:
o Reading lessons, essays, and other material online.
o Taking online quizzes and tests.
o Posting to discussion board on various topics.
o Writing roughly papers ranging in length on various topics (see Course Requirements).
Specific policies will be detailed in your instructor's syllabus once enrolled.