English 1101 Course Decription

English 1101 introduces you to college writing, increasing your ability to construct written prose. It focuses on methods of organization, analysis, research skills, and the production of short expository essays. The course will introduce you to read­ings on issues of contemporary social and cultural concern.

At GSU, English 1101 instructors use a writing workshop format centered on the theory and practice of writing as a process. Early in the course, we introduce you to the writing workshop format, in which your small group works to revise drafts from first thoughts to final essays. Plan to hand in all drafts for every major assign­ment. Early drafts of an essay are often messy, which is acceptable and expected. Rest assured that your instructor and workshop group will place heavy emphasis on the revision process. Only the final draft must be clean, neat, and proofread, following MLA page format exactly (see your course handbook for examples).

Like other writing courses, English 1101 emphasizes forms of expository writing, a type of discourse that informs, explains, describes and/or defines; however, as­signments will cover a range of genres, including personal narrative, descriptive essay, and researched argument paper. Most instructors take a rhetorical approach to this course, encouraging you to write with rhetorical strategies in mind. These strategies include, among other things, identifying your purpose for writing; de­veloping a deep sense of audience awareness; learning strategies for invention, arrangement and style; and enriching your writing through awareness of ethos, logos, and pathos.

In GSU’s Freshmen Learning Communities program, students progress through First-Year courses with the same group of peers, based on an area of academic interest. Most 1101 instructors relate FLC themes to the writing work of the class. However, the primary goal of all 1101 courses is to teach logical, clear writing within a specified context or situation and with a specific audience in mind.

In English 1101, we want you to think about writing as a motivated, purposeful activity, and we try to develop assignments to meet that goal. We also introduce you not only to the conventions of academic writing but to research, including use of the library, the Internet, computer-based writing, and other means of com­munication. This review will include what some of us call grammar and Standard American English, and you also will learn how to develop paragraphs and effec­tive topic sentences, use transitions for reader-friendly prose, summarize sources, draw conclusions from sources, and synthesize sources effectively.

The best 1101 survival tip we can give you, second only to the foundational importance of attendance: Read the assignment in order to fully understand its complexities. Many less-than-optimal grades on assignments are attributable to students ignoring or rushing this basic step. Finally, you can easily see the impor­tance of regular attendance as part of any grade strategy. This fact barely needs reiterating. Miss class, and you will miss essential, grade-influencing activities and information. In 1101, a passing grade is C.


By the end of this course, you will be able to engage in writing as a process using various invention heuristics (brainstorming, for example). You will learn the basics of considering your audience, gathering evidence, drafting an essay, revising, and proofreading.

You will engage in the collaborative, social aspects of writing and use writing as a tool for learning by critiquing your own and others’ work in written and oral for­mats. You will use language to explore and analyze contemporary multicultural, global, and international questions.

You will demonstrate how to use writing aids, such as handbooks, dictionaries, online aids, and tutors. You will learn how to gather, summarize, synthesize, and explain information from various sources, using grammatical, stylistic, and me­chanical formats and conventions appropriate for a variety of audiences.

You will learn how to produce coherent, organized, readable prose for a variety of rhetorical situations. You will learn to reflect on what contributes to your writing process, and you will learn how to evaluate your own work.