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English 110 and 120

English 110 and English 120 make up the first year curriculum of NDSU's Writing Program. Students should consult the placement information at Bison Connection to determine where to begin their general education writing.

These courses emphasize helping students make the transition from high school writing assignments and expectations to college writing assignments and expectations.  They teach consideration of rhetorical principles like audience, purpose, genre, style, and social context that will be re-enforced in the upper division writing courses.  English 110 and 120 courses do not use a single syllabus; instead, instructors use materials and approaches they are familiar and successful with in order to help students meet the common course goals:

  1. Communicate effectively in a variety of genres for various audiences, purposes, and situations. (General Education Outcome #1)
  2. Incorporate knowledge in a coherent and meaningful manner. (General Education Outcome #6)

English 110 and 120 help students understand literacy as a dynamic set of skills beyond basic reading and writing. These courses also encourage collaboration at various points in the writing-reading-thinking process. English 110 and 120 courses will continue to change and evolve based on the department's annual assessment of outcomes, the ongoing professional development of our teaching staff, and the rapid changes and uses of communication tools and mediums. 

To learn more about the courses in general, student placement in these courses, and policies related to these course, please follow these links:

English 110 and 120 are aligned with the Writing Program Administrator's Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition.

Teachers of writing at NDSU also share the National Council of Teachers of English's "Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing." 


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Last Updated: Friday, July 12, 2013 2:21:48 PM