|Home||English 101: First-Year Composition
Instructor: Sung Ohm
English 101: Sections 121 & 135
Spring Semester 2004
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The main purpose of English 101 is to introduce you to the conventions of academic writing and critical thinking. And while academic writing means different things to different people, there are some common elements. We write to communicate to others-whether they are colleagues, professionals in their fields, or friends. We write to convince others that our position has validity. We write to discover new things about our world as well as ourselves. For that matter, the process of writing is epistemological-a way of coming to know. Writing can become a medium for self-reflection, self-expression, and communication, a means of coming to know for both the writer and reader.
Learning to write requires writing. Writing is a craft, and as a craft, writing can be learned and refined. Ultimately, writing takes practice, and as a writer, you will have opportunities to write both in the classroom as well as outside. With that said, the goal I have for this class-one that all writing courses share-is to give you, as students, enough practice writing so that you will become more effective writers by the end of this course than you were at the start. Also, you will develop a greater understanding of what you need to consider to continue to develop as writers.
As we delve into this semester, I hope you will discover also that writing, reading, and learning are intricately intermeshed. Writing is based on experience-experience with a text or personal experience-and that reading is a means to broadening experiences, especially when actively engaged by reading dialectically (as opposed to polemically). Much of the readings, lectures, and discussions may challenge more commonly accepted assumptions and beliefs. You will be required to critically rethink and reevaluate popular concepts and ideas (this may also challenge your own ideas so please try to keep open perspective). One of the main goals for this class will be to try to understand how language informs and shapes our culture and society as well as our everyday lives and practices.
Lastly, I assume you already think critically (you would not have made it to college otherwise, of course). Now we will try to go beyond critical thinking skills; we will reflect on a range of possibilities and positions. We may find ourselves asking more questions rather than finding easy answers. And together, I hope we can become more critically conscious of the world we inhabit.
The following links are downloadable versions of the printed syllabus, reading schedule, and assignment sheets. You may view them in either as a website (HTML) or as an Adobe pdf (portable document format) file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view all pdf files. If you need Acrobat, a free version is available. Please see the Adobe link in the "Class Related Materials" section below.
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