Welcome to English 108 and the Early Fall Start session at the University of Washington! We will spend the next four weeks working together to help prepare you for your first academic year at the UW. All of us teaching English 108 hope that one month from now you will have more fluency, confidence, comfort, and self-efficacy with respect to writing, reading, and learning in English.
What does that mean, practically? Every day of this class will be dedicated to ensuring that you will be more ready for college-level writing in four weeks’ time than you are today. We will do this by:
- Creating a place for you to increase your fluency as a writer by writing frequently—every single day, in fact. We want writing to become second nature for you.
- Providing an introduction to the processes of inquiry so that you have a head start on developing the ideas and understandings without which good college writing cannot be done. We will emphasize how inquiry can help you move from the "outside" to the "inside"—the place where all good writing begins.
- Introducing you to campus resources to support you as an inquiring writer—especially writing center support and library-based research support. Some new students find these resources uninviting at first—but by the time you start fall quarter, you will have been introduced to them already in English 108, and you'll have the advantage of being better equipped to find help when the need arises.
- Developing your skill with metacognition. Loosely speaking, metacognition is "thinking about thinking," or "self-reflection." But it is also a very powerful way to build your self-assessment, transfer, and self-efficacy skills (we'll be learning more about all of these terms), each of which is critical to your becoming a successful writer.
- Engaging you in the study of learning itself. Becoming a better, more aware learner is central to building confidence in yourself as a writer, and knowing more about how you learn will help enormously in that process.
- Finally, it is our goal that you leave this class more confident of your writing skills and more comfortable in using them than you were when we began.