English 107: First-Year Composition

Course Description and Objectives

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 four formal written projects. Combined the final drafts of these four 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.

Course Goals

Through this course, students will:

  • synthesize and analyze multiple points of view
  • articulate and support one’s own position regarding various issues
  • adjust writing to multiple audiences, purposes, and conventions
  • become conscientious and responsible writers, both for college and beyond
  • learn to access and become involved with the discourses of the university community
  • develop questioning abilities that move them beyond the passive acceptance of new materials to thinkers who can hold those materials up to genuinely informed scrutiny

Relevant Documents (PDF format):


Writing Project One: Who Are You as a Writer?

Writing Project Two: How Does Writing Evolve through Revisions?

Writing Project Three: How Does Process Relate to Research in Annotated Bibliographies?

Final Course Reflection