Course Code: ENGL 099
English 099 introduces students to the fundamental aspects of clear written communication in a variety of genres. Genre coverage may include academic, creative, and workplace writing. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental components of clear written communication in each context, including organization of ideas, diction, grammar, and punctuation.
Date First Offered:
Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 3
This course is offered online:
Depending on semester schedules, this course may be available online. Please consult the Academic Timetables
Completion of Writing Assessment (WA) is recommended for applicants who wish to enroll in ENGL 099 Foundational Writing
Introduction to the Course
Unit One: The Concept of Genre
Unit Two: Personal Essays as a Genre
Creative Nonfiction and Figures of Speech
Unit Three: Organizing and Developing a Personal Essay
Methods of Development
Unit Four: Sentence-Level Style
Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
Placement of Sentence Elements
Subordination and Coordination
Emphasis, Variety, Exactness
Unit Five: Summarization
Identifying a hierarchy of ideas in paragraphs and entire essays
Unit Six: Literary Criticism and Writing in the Academic Disciplines
The Shift from Personal Claims to Knowledge Claims
Styles of Documentation
The Mechanics of Reported Speech
Symbolism and Critical Thinking in Literary Analysis
Unit Seven: Workplace Communications
Preparing a business letter
Unit Eight: Review and Discussion of the Final Exam
(See the syllabus for a more detailed description of day-to-day course content.)
The main goal of English 099 is to develop composition skills that are essential to reading and writing in a variety of disciplines and occupations. The specific skills addressed in this course include the following:
- Taking accurate and efficient notes based on written material
Accurately summarizing sophisticated ideas
Producing well-formatted, computer-generated texts
Distinguishing between colloquial and formal language
Narrowing a broad subject
Concisely presenting an overarching claim or thesis
Developing a thesis through unified paragraphs that consist of main points and
Constructing grammatically correct sentences that clearly convey complex ideas
Varying sentence configurations for argumentative effect
Making informed choices about language use in particular discursive context such as personal essays, business letters, literary criticism, etc.
Attributing and documenting information borrowed from external sources so as to avoid plagiarism.
Engaging in effective revision and proofreading.
Students who emerge from English 099 with a “C” or better will have demonstrated foundational composition skills that facilitate a successful transition into academic or professional writing.
Number of Assignments:
Final Exam: 20 %
Assignments: 70 %
Participation: 10 %
Nature of Participation:
Contributions to class discussion.
Percentage of Individual Work:
- Personal essays
- A summary
- Short academic paper
- Business letter.
Percentage of Group Work:
Course Offered in Other Programs:
A penalty of 5 % will be deducted each day an assignment is late; an alternate due date must be obtained from the instructor prior to the original submission date. Students must submit the final essay and write the final exam to pass the course. Failure to do this will result in an automatic 'F' in ENGL 099. A plagiarized paper will receive '0.'
- Approximately 9 writing assignments