Department of English Language and Literature   SIUE
Rhetoric and Composition Studies

The Writing Program @ SIUE

Course Descriptions

Note that for the Teaching of Writing Program MA Degree Requirements, the required core courses include ENG 552, ENG 554, ENG 556, ENG 558, ENG 583, and ENG 596.

For the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing, the required core courses include ENG 552, ENG 554, ENG 556, and ENG 558.

The 400-level courses listed below may be taken for graduate credit.

500 Level Courses

ENG 552 ACADEMIC WRITING AND RESEARCH METHODS IN COMPOSITION STUDIES
Research methods in composition studies, practice using electronic databases, and instruction in professional research writing. Required of students in Teaching of Writing MA specialization.

ENG 554 COMPOSITION PEDAGOGY
Introduction to teaching writing. Writing-as-process approach: invention methods, revision techniques, collaborative learning, and workshops. Design and evaluation of assignments. Planning writing courses. Required of students in Teaching of Writing MA specialization.

ENG 556 THEORY OF COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC
Study of theories and historical movements underlying and constituting modern composition pedagogy and rhetorical studies. Required of students in Teaching of Writing MA specialization.

ENG 558 PRACTICUM IN THE TEACHING OF WRITING
Course focuses on teaching techniques for freshman-level college writing courses. Working with mentor and supervisory instructors, students will observe and then teach a writing course. Required of students in Teaching of Writing MA specialization.

ENG 541 DISCOURSE ANALYSIS
Examination of discourse properties of narrative and expository prose through practice in text analysis.

ENG 570 TEACHING AFRICAN-AMERICAN ORAL AND WRITTEN LITERATURE
Teaching of African-American Oral and Written Literatures; emphasis on methodology, comparative presentation styles, and textual analysis; scope includes ancient Africa and contemporary America.

ENG 572 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF TEACHING WRITING WITH COMPUTERS
Study of theoretical principles of computer-mediated composition pedagogy and practical applications of specific technologies in the writing classroom.

ENG 574 BASIC WRITING THEORY AND PEDAGOGY
Course will focus on theories and practical teaching methods for working in basic and developmental writing courses at the college level.

ENG 576 WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
History, philosophy, pedagogical techniques, and assessment of writing across the curriculum.

ENG 578 GENDER, LANGUAGE, AND PEDAGOGY
Study of recent research into ways gender affects language: speaking, reading, and writing.

ENG 581 TOPICS IN TEACHING ENGLISH
Workshop or seminar in teaching composition, language, literature, creative writing, and related subjects in education. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours provided no topic is repeated.

As a variable topics course, ENG 581 can be substantially different from semester to semester; the following are a few examples of 581s taught in recent years:

ENG 583 HISTORY OF RHETORIC I: THE CLASSICAL PERIOD TO THE RENAISSANCE
Major rhetoric figures, texts, and definitions, beginning with Classical origins and continuing into the Renaissance period. Designed for students interested in composition, literature, and criticism. Required of students in Teaching of Writing MA specialization.

ENG 584 HISTORY OF RHETORIC II: THE ENLIGHTENMENT TO TODAY
Major rhetoric figures, texts, and definitions, beginning with the Enlightenment and continuing into the contemporary period. Designed for students interested in composition, literature, and criticism.

ENG 587 POLITICS OF COMPOSITION PEDAGOGY
Pedagogical politics of the writing classroom, teacher-student power relations, relations between educational institutions and social order, and development of alternative perspectives in pedagogical politics.

ENG 596 PREPARATORY READING/TEACHING OF WRITING
Reading of relevant research and writing of three essays under supervision of committee. See the exit papers page for additional 596 information.

400 Level Courses

Proposed: ENG 410 RHETORIC, WRITING, AND CITIZENSHIP
Students will read and write rhetorical texts that focus on the role of writing in civic life. A service learning project is required.

ENG 412 DIGITAL LITERACIES
Students will investigate digital literacy -- electronic technologies, discursive practices, and cyberspaces. Analysis and assessment of digital artifacts, cultures, and texts.

ENG 486 TEACHING CREATIVE WRITING
Seminar on the teaching of creative writing, with an emphasis on poetry and/or fiction.

ENG 490 ADVANCED COMPOSITION
Writing sophisticated expository prose. Review of grammatical matters as needed; emphasis upon clarity, organization, effectiveness, and flexibility. May be repeated once for credit with permission.

ENG 491 TECHNICAL AND BUSINESS WRITING
Technical communication, professional correspondence, reports, proposals, descriptions, and evaluations; word processing and graphics software. For students in English, business, engineering, nursing, the sciences, and the social sciences.



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