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Jean M Burnet
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

In the winter term, you will be undertaking a term-long research project. The topic for this paper, loosely defined, is "language." You may approach the topic from any perspective and through any discipline. Through a series of writing assignments, we'll work on focusing this topic more sharply. Throughout the quarter, you'll be introduced to and familiarized with the process of academic research writing.

Whatever discipline you choose, you’ll be expected to show in writing that you understand the material in a meaningful way, and that you can articulate and support your opinions. This is above all a writing course. It takes practice to become aware of and implement the different writing strategies and processes we’ll be working on together, and so, we’ll be doing a lot of it. By the end of this course you’ll be more aware of how different audiences and rhetorical situations call for different choices in language, structure, format, and tone. Writing assignments will allow you to practice clearly articulating and creating complex arguments with defendable claims derived from your own researched evidence.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Small and large group discussions, mini-lectures, and workshops.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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 Jean M Burnet
Date: 11/08/2011