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First-Year Composition Courses

100-level courses introduce foundational theories, concepts, perspectives, principles, methods, and procedures of critical thinking and writing. They focus on the development and practice of essential writing and literacy skills.

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100-level courses introduce foundational theories, concepts, perspectives, principles, methods, and procedures of critical thinking and writing. They focus on the development and practice of essential writing and literacy skills.

ENG 101: First-Year Composition
This course aims to increase students' ability to develop ideas, to express ideas effectively, and to engage different literacies. It gives special attention to expository and persuasive writing. Critical reading of articles, speeches, and other non-literary texts helps students to understand the rhetorical process, to analyze audience and its cultural contexts, and to foresee the audience's response. During the 15-week semester students will complete three formal written projects. Combined, the final drafts of these three projects should result in approximately 5,000 words (this is equivalent to about 20 pages using standard academic format). Additionally, a final reflection is required.

ENG 102: First-Year Composition
English 102 is designed to help students develop sophisticated, situation-sensitive reading and writing strategies. Students make arguments in formal and informal settings. Special attention is given to evidence discovery, claim support, argument response, and their applications to academic debate, public decision making, and written argument. During the 15-week semester students will complete three formal written projects. Combined, the final drafts of these three projects should result in approximately 5,000 words (this is equivalent to about 20 pages using standard academic format). Additionally, a final reflection is required.

Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in English 101

Service Learning Internship Option Available

ENG 105: Advanced First-Year Composition
An intensive, one-semester writing course that folds the work of our two semester sequence into one. The course emphasizes that research is not merely mechanical or abstract: it contributes to the goals of the entire course. That is, rather than emphasizing the mere ability to find evidence to support a given argument, the course emphasizes the ability to judge the merit and appropriateness of that evidence, to weigh different pieces of evidence against one another and to engage in intellectual dialogue with the authorities represented by that evidence. During the 15-week semester students will complete three formal written projects. Combined, the final drafts of these three projects should result in approximately 5,000 words (this is equivalent to about 20 pages using standard academic format). Additionally, a final reflection is required.

ENG 107: First-Year Composition (For Multilingual Writers)
English 107 is the first-semester writing course for students for whom English is a second language. It aims to increase students' ability to develop ideas, to express ideas effectively, and to engage different literacies. It gives special attention to expository and persuasive writing. Critical reading of articles, speeches, and other non-literary texts helps students to understand the rhetorical process, to analyze audience and its cultural contexts, and to foresee the audience's response. During the 16-week semester students will complete three formal written projects. Combined the final drafts of these three projects should result in approximately 5,000 words (this is equivalent to about 20 pages using standard academic format). Additionally, a final reflection is required.

English 107 credits are equivalent of English 101 credits.

ENG 108: First-Year Composition (For Multilingual Writers)
English 108 is second-semester composition course for students for whom English is a second language. It is designed to help students develop sophisticated, situation-sensitive reading and writing strategies. Students make arguments in formal and informal settings. Special attention is given to evidence discovery, claim support, argument response, and their applications to academic debate, public decision making, and written argument. During the 16-week semester students will complete three formal written projects. Combined the final drafts of these three projects should result in approximately 5,000 words (this is equivalent to about 20 pages using standard academic format). Additionally, a final reflection is required.

English 108 credits are equivalent of English 102 credits.

Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in English 101 or 107.

WAC 101: Stretch First-Year Composition
The Stretch Program is a two-semester, six-credit-hour sequence of classes that "stretches" English 101 or English 107 over two semesters. In effect, these connected Stretch Program classes (WAC 101 followed by English 101 or, for international students, WAC 107 followed by English 107) provide students the opportunity for extended experience at working with many and various ways of both reading and writing. Students usually have the same teacher, work with the same group of students, and often even have the same classroom for both semesters.

We designed Stretch to help build a real writing community, as everyone has an entire year to work together to improve his or her writing. The Stretch Program is designed specifically for those university students who lack experience with the kinds of academic writing they will be asked to do at ASU. These students have good ideas and may be effective writers in some situations, but they may have minimal training and experience with academic writing. Stretch gives these students more time to develop effective writing strategies--strategies they will use in all of their university classes.

Students in Stretch classes read the same texts and do the same kinds of assignments as students in English 101 or English 107. The extra time allows students to learn and practice a wide range of composing strategies, to help them understand what techniques are appropriate for any particular situation: reading strategies (to effectively read their own textbooks, as well as their classmates' writing and their own compositions), invention techniques (to help students get started on their writing), composing methods (strategies of organization), and revision and proofreading strategies (to help improve their early drafts of texts).

Students in Stretch Program classes take responsibility for their own education by being involved in a wide range of learning activities, for we believe that students can best learn to write by writing, receiving feedback (from peers and their instructor), and revising texts, always with a view of the rhetorical situation: what do we want our writing to do? During the 16-week semester students will complete three formal written projects. Combined the final drafts of these three projects should result in approximately 5,000 words (this is equivalent to about 20 pages using standard academic format). Additionally, a final reflection is required.

Stretch Information for New Teachers stretch-info.pdf

For more information on the Stretch Program (pass rates, etc.)

ASU's Stretch Program was awarded the ASU President's Award for Innovation! stretchaward.pdf

WAC 107: Stretch First-Year Composition (For Multilingual Writers)
The Stretch program is a two-semester, six-credit-hour sequence of classes that ‘stretches” English 101 or English 107 over two semesters. In effect these connected Stretch Program classes (WAC 101 followed by English 101 or, for international students, WAC 107 followed by English 107) provide students the opportunity for extended experience at working with many and various way sof both reading and writing. Students usually have the same teacher, work with the same group of students, and often even have the classroom for both semesters.

We designed Stretch to help build a real writing community, as everyone has an entire year to work together to improve his or her writing. The Stretch Program is designed specifically for those university students who lack experience with the kinds of academic writing they will be asked to do at ASU. These students have good ideas and may be effective writers in some situations, but they may have minimal training and experience with academic writing. Stretch gives these students more time to develop effective writing strategies--strategies they will use in all of their university classes.

Students in Stretch classes read the same texts and do the same kinds of assignments as students in English 101 or English 107. The extra time allows students to learn and practice a wide range of composing strategies, to help them understand what techniques are appropriate for any particular situation: reading strategies (to effectively read their own textbooks, as well as their classmates' writing and their own compositions), invention techniques (to help students get started on their writing), composing methods (strategies of organization), and revision and proofreading strategies (to help improve their early drafts of texts).

Students in Stretch Program classes take responsibility for their own education by being involved in a wide range of learning activities, for we believe that students can best learn to write by writing, receiving feedback (from peers and their instructor), and revising texts, always with a view of the rhetorical situation: what do we want our writing to do? During the 16-week semester students will complete four formal written projects. Combined the final drafts of these four projects should result in approximately 4,000 words (this is equivalent to about 16 pages using standard academic format). Additionally, a final reflection is required.

Stretch Information for New Teachers stretch-info.pdf

For more information on the Stretch Program (pass rates, etc.)

ASU's Stretch Program was awarded the ASU President's Award for Innovation!  stretchaward.pdf