Class hours: T-F 9:30am-12:00pm /SAV 138
Instructor: Soh Yeun Kim, email@example.com
Office hours: W & TH 12:20-1:20 pm @ HUB 314
Course website: https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/1064874
Welcome to English 108 and to 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. I hope, along with all other instructors teaching English 108, that one month from now you will have more fluency, more confidence, and more comfort with respect to writing, reading, and learning in English.
ENGL 108 will help you develop writing fluency and confidence as you look ahead to college composition courses. Being a writing class, this class will ask you to write and read often (i.e. almost daily). But another big goal of this class is about learning itself. In this class, you will learn, think, and write critically and analytically about how people learn. In all processes, your active participation is the key. So, be ready to be engaged in both your individual assignments and in class activities with energy and passion.
Course Learning Goals
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:
- Increasing your fluency as a writer through having you write frequently—every single day. We want writing to become second nature for you.
- Providing an introduction to the processes of inquiry in order 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. Many new students find these things off-putting at first--but you will have been introduced to them already in EFS, 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, each 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 enormously help 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 as we began.