A study of a special topic in literature, which may include non-literarytexts, in conjunction with a continuation of the writing program begun in ENGL100. (University of Regina course catalogue)
187-109Critical Reading and Writing I (ENGL 100)
English 110 continues the focusof English 100, to compose well-developed, well-organized essays on literaryand other topics and to deploy effective strategies for the analysis ofliterary texts, strategies that can also be adopted in academic writing of manykinds. Composition studies (40%) willfocus on essay structure and strategies; sentence structures and editing;research and library use; logic and tone; and editing and revision. Studentsare expected to acquire and demonstrate a knowledge of and respect forparagraph and sentence structure conventions, as well as those conventions ofgrammar, punctuation, and spelling which govern academic discourse. Literature studies (60%) will offerspecial courses in genres, national and international literature, and themes,giving specific attention to Northern Literature and topics that motivatestudents to engaged analysis.
Upon completion ofthis course, the students should be able to:
1) IdentifyPurpose - articulate the purpose oftheir writing and to utilize strategies for accomplishing that purpose. Inparticular, students should be able to persuade readers by constructing anargument that links evidence (especially textual evidence) to conclusions.
2) RecognizeAudience - identify and respond tothe needs and expectations of specific audiences. Student writers should beable to anticipate when readers will need certain kinds of information, or arelikely to have a question, or to need an example to clarify a point, or likelyto challenge or doubt an assertion made by the writer.
3)Adopt Voice/Tone - adopt an appropriate voice, tone, and level of diction.
4) Read Varietyof Text - read a wide range of textsfor inquiry, learning, aesthetic pleasure, and critical thinking, as well asacquiring information.
5) Develop ConsciousWriting Processes - write primarilyto foster inquiry, learning and critical thinking.
6) Achieve Proficiency in Matters of Convention- as writers of academic discourse, the student should:
a. havemastered most of the standard conventions of written English, includingobserving sentence boundaries; correcting modifier problems (dangling andmisplaced modifiers); maintaining agreement (subject-verb; pronoun-antecedent);using correct idioms; observing standard usage (affect/effect,their/there/they’re, etc); using the passive voice appropriately, and avoidingillogical predications;
b. havelearned the standard conventions for documenting sources and why documentationis important in academic writing; and
c. havelearned how to integrate quotations smoothly into their essays.