UNLV English 101E/F: Extended Composition I

Course Description

English 101E/F is a two-semester version of English 101 designed for students whose placement exam indicates they need additional time, instruction, and practice to complete college-level work.

Students enrolled in English 101E with use the same textbook as English 101, but complete only half the curriculum during the semester. The second half of the curriculum is then completed the following semester in English 101F, preferably with the same instructor.

This evidence-based, writing intensive course designed to improve critical thinking, reading, and writing skills by providing students practical guidance in writing short, focused, thesis-driven essays. Students progress from personal expressive writing to expository essays appropriate for an academic audience. The purpose of the course is to help students develop strategies for turning their experience, observations, and analyses into evidence suitable for writing in a variety of academic disciplines.

Course Objectives

Among the specific abilities students should learn in this course are:

  • To understand the rhetorical situation and the factors that influence writing
  • To evaluate the assertions, evidence, and underlying assumptions of a written argument
  • To use appropriate reading and writing tools for inquiry and informed communication
  • To synthesize information from appropriate sources and integrate it within your own writing
  • To plan and develop an essay through multiple drafts and improve your writing strategies
  • To adopt appropriate voice, tone, and level of formality in your writing
  • To provide constructive feedback and strengthen your writing through peer review and collaboration
  • To edit documents for format, structure, grammar, punctuation, and spelling

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