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Roderick B Overaa
ENGL 131
Seattle Campus

Composition: Exposition

Study and practice of good writing: topics derived from a variety of personal, academic, and public subjects. Cannot be taken if student has already received a grade of 2.0 or higher in either ENGL 111, ENGL 121, or ENGL 131.

Class description

ENGL 131 is designed to serve as an introduction to academic writing--the kind of writing you will be expected to do throughout your college career and, possibly, beyond. Academic writing differs from the type of writing most of you have done in high school in that it is based upon the process of "academic inquiry" (wherein academic papers make use of and enter into a "dialog" with other texts, and put forth complex, persuasive arguments on topics that matter in academic contexts). In other words, this course seeks to familiarize you with the particular demands and methodologies of academic writing, and give you an opportunity to employ the writing skills that will help you become a successful college student and writer.

To this end, we will learn to closely read and analyze complex texts, so that we may develop the ability to refer to and/or cite texts that support the claims we make in our own writing. We will examine some of the rhetorical strategies writers use in different genres and disciplines so that we may be conscious of these conventions and techniques when writing our own papers. We will also learn how to implement successful strategies for proofreading, editing and revising our written work.

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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 Roderick B Overaa
Date: 06/15/2010