INTRODUCTION TO THE FIRST-YEAR WRITING SEQUENCE
Welcome to the Department of English Language & Literature's first-year writing program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
English 101 and English 102 are "skills" courses required by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s general education program. The University expects students to continue to develop critical thinking and writing abilities in their first-year composition courses. Students, too, expect that they will learn what is necessary for them to write papers for the academic community.
The following assumptions underlie the first-year writing program:
- The ability to write for a variety of audiences and purposes is an important rhetorical skill.
- Thinking, reading, and writing are integrated activities involving analysis, interpretation, and evaluation.
- Revision and collaboration are integral parts of all the elements of the composing process.
- Composing processes are most usefully taught in the context of rhetorical knowledge.
- Receiving appropriate instructor feedback is an essential part of students' ability to improve their writing.
- An increased degree of rhetorical sophistication differentiates the work of English 102 from English 101.
|Some portions of the prose of this website were adapted from the Department of English Language and Literature's "Faculty Composition Manual" originally written by Mary Steible, with subsequent revision and emendations by Carolyn Handa, Sharon James McGee, Alex Babione, and Jack Voller. Additional prose has been adapted from ENG 101 and 102 materials authored by Heather G. S. Johnson. The website was designed and implemented by Matthew S. S. Johnson, who also composed much of the site's prose. Specific ENG 101 and 102 materials are attributed to their authors in the "materials database" sections. Please direct site and content suggestions and commentary to Matthew S. S. Johnson.|