ENGL 121 C: Composition: Social Issues

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Holly Shelton

Syllabus Description:

~ Multilingual, Service Learning & Computer Integrated Composition ~


Welcome to English 121!

ENGL121 is a Service Learning composition course.  This means:

1) Students make a weekly commitment to a service learning organization that is connected to the course theme.  This commitment is 3-5 hours a week and successful completion of this commitment is 10% of the course grade.

2) This service learning experience is one of the course "texts."  Because of this, there are fewer required readings assignments than other composition courses like ENGL 111 or ENGL 131.

3) The focus for writing in this course is writing about, with, and for a service learning community.  We also identify ways that these principles transfer to other writing situations at the university, personal, and professional lives of the students.

This section of ENGL121 is an MLL (or multilingual language learner) section. This means:

1)  MLL sections are based on the same outcomes, and students must fulfill the same requirements, as any other non-MLL composition course.
2)  Students in the MLL section are all multilingual.
3) The curriculum in MLL sections is global (with attention to both US and non-US resources and perspectives).
4) MLL sections pay particular attention to American academic culture and language.

It is also a Computer Integrated Course.  This means:

1) The writing for this course will go beyond traditional print mediums to include digital mediums as well.

2) The writing for this course is "multimodal."  We will not focus on only a single mode of communication (linguistic), but also pay attention to aural, spatial, visual, and gestural modes of communication during coursework as well. 

3) Computers are a resource (not a reason) for our class!  Half of our class sessions will be in a computer lab.

Catalog Description: 
Focuses on the study and practice of good writing: topics derived from a variety of personal, academic, and public subjects. Includes a service-learning component allowing students to engage with and write about social issues in applied ways.. Cannot be taken if student has already received a grade of 2.0 or higher in either ENGL 111, ENGL 121, or ENGL 131.
GE Requirements: 
English Composition (C)
Other Requirements Met: 
Service Learning
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:14pm