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Norah E. Fahim
ENGL 121
Seattle Campus

Composition: Social Issues

Focuses on the study and practice of good writing: topics derived from a variety of personal, academic, and public subjects. Includes a service-learning component allowing students to engage with and write about social issues in applied ways.. Cannot be taken if student has already received a grade of 2.0 or higher in either ENGL 111, ENGL 121, or ENGL 131.

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This composition course fulfills the 'C" (composition) requirement. Students may not take English 121C if they have previously completed English 109-110, 111, 121 or 131 with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

In this course, students will discuss, read, and write about literacy education in America, including investigation into the range of literacy sponsors in students' lives, the different kinds of literacies that are prioritized inside and outside of the classroom, and the role that families play in literacy learning. In their service placements, students will observe the ways that local Seattle organizations cooperate and engage with families from a variety of backgrounds and with a wide range of needs in creating successful learning environments for children.

Please note that this ENGL 121 section is specifically designated for multilingual students or students who are interested in multilingual contexts. As such, there may also be space available for native speakers of English who would find the experience of a multilingual classroom beneficial to their own learning. In terms of content, this ENGL 121 class will cover similar content to most ENGL 121 classes. However, my approach will also focus on the English language learning needs of students whether through class discussions of course readings, or through feedback on students' papers. As a class, we can make use of our multilingualism and/or interest in multilingualism when working on class projects.

Please also note that this course contains a service learning component where students will be required to volunteer some time to organizations recommended by the instructor. This service-learning component is essential for helping students learn the course objectives and for writing assignments for this course. An add code from the instructor is required for signing up to this course.

-What is Service Learning?

Service-learning provides students a unique opportunity to connect coursework with life experience through serving with community-based organizations. Choosing to engage in service-learning is a way to demonstrate your commitment to your community and your ability to link your academic studies to practical, real-world experiences. The Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center, located in 171 Mary Gates Hall, facilitates contacts with community-based organizations and will help you to coordinate your service-learning opportunity.

International students who have participated in previous service-learning composition courses have found this an exceptionally rewarding way to develop their reading and writing skills while learning more about American culture. Students often report that they create connections to the Seattle community and to others volunteering alongside them. All service-learning placements for English 121 are coordinated through the UW's Carlson Center and Pipeline Project, and Carlson Center has developed a pre-service workshop specifically for international students.


REQUIRED - Contexts for Inquiry: Without readings the white version - Course Readings available on course website - Regular Internet Access to submit assignments and participate in online discussions - A flash drive to back up your work - be sure to have more than one way to access work! - UW Email Account

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Norah E. Fahim
Date: 03/18/2014