Welcome to English 131! It is an honor and a pleasure to facilitate this course with you. This academic space will serve as a springboard for developing your inquiry skills at the University of Washington and beyond. In this course, it is expected that you read and write extensively and support this practice through structured reflections in order to work towards developing your ability to make writing choices that will achieve your desired effect. The four primary projected course outcomes are:
- To compose strategically for a variety of audiences and contexts, within and outside the university.
- To work strategically with complex information in order to generate and support inquiry.
- To craft persuasive, complex, inquiry-driven arguments that matter.
- To practice composing as a recursive, collaborative process and to develop flexible strategies for revising throughout the composition process.
Each of these includes a series of sub outcomes that we will delve into throughout the next ten weeks, and I understand you have varying levels of understanding and skill in relation to them. For that reason, it is my goal to get to know you and your ability to better support you in achieving these outcomes.
The theme we will use to engage the development of your writing ability is identity development in university settings. For example, we will reflect on the relationship between the language(s) we speak and who we are. I chose it because of the potential it holds for exploring the human experience from a variety of angles, as well as further developing your sense of empathy during this intensely formative period of your life. To enhance this focus, there will be opportunities throughout the quarter to collaborate and develop as a learning community.
It is my hope that the skills you develop in this class will continue to grow over your lifetime.