SCF Written Communication I Course Overview

What can a student expect to learn in Written Communication this year?

This course meets Area I requirement for the AA, AS, and AAS. General Education requirements, and the 6000 word Gordon Rule requirement.  This course encompasses grammar and diction review, as well as composition, expository writing, work with both primary and multiple source themes. The course includes instruction in the use of the library and electronic data bases, writing the research paper, and practice in oral communication.  

  • Students will be able to draft, edit and produce a well-organized multi-paragraph essay free of errors in grammar, punctuation, tone, diction, usage, and spelling.
  • Students will be able to conduct research using valid resources including print, database and web-based sources.
  • Students will be able to deliver an oral presentation.

How do students of differing abilities find success?

As a college course, ENC 1101  does not require differentiation; however, I work to identify each student's best learning method, e.g. visual, auditory, kinetic, in order to include each method.

How does this course meet and exceed state standards?

I have been teaching ENC 1101 and 1102 at SCF for thirteen years. I have incorporated into my teaching practices what I deem the best activities and assignments. One way that I exceed state standards is in the specificity of assignments I create. I believe that my practice of tailoring the assignments to the class has made an impact on individual students. Rather than “one size fits all” instruction, my personal approach helps the students retain what they learn. 

What teaching methods are used in this course?

In teaching argument strategies and persuasive writing in 1101, I like to use a combination of lecture, video instruction and classroom debate. This variety of methods, encompassing concepts as diverse as ancient Greek philosophy, television commercials and Monty Python’s “Argument Clinic,” helps the students see persuasion as a daily feature of our world.

What are some curriculum highlights in this course?

Student Teaching Days are a highlight to the students. In place of a demonstration or “how to” essay, the students take turns prepare a lesson for the class. The subjects have ranged far and wide, including how to draw faces, how to make jewelry to how to write your name in Chinese. Each week was an enjoyable learning experience.

How is technology integrated in your curriculum?

The students use online sources and prepare their assignments on the computer, both in and out of the classroom. Video sources such as Netflix, Youtube and Amazon are included, as well as DVDs.

How is our Christian faith and the following of Jesus included in this course of study?

I begin each class with a reading from the bible. The passages often become writing prompts in class writing.

What instructional materials are used in this class?

  • I use online sources entirely for readings in this class. Many of the essays the students read at SCF from the text, Writing Today are available on line.
  • I use the OWL – a detailed resource from the English Department of Purdu Unniversity. This source is free, easy to navigate and includes in depth writing instruction.
  • https://owl.english.purdue.edu/
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