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ERIC Number: EJ944341
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
Reimagining "English 1311: Expository English Composition" as "Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing Studies"
Ruecker, Todd
Composition Studies, v39 n1 p87-111 Spr 2011
English 1311: Expository English Composition is the first semester course in a two-semester first-year composition (FYC) sequence. Both ENG 1311 and its second-semester counterpart, ENG 1312, are required for all students unless they have transfer credit covering this requirement or place out of one or both of the courses via the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam. In this article, the author describes a course which was an experimental redesign of the traditional course that was taught to two sections in spring 2009. It took a very different approach, eschewing a textbook in favor of readings from Rhetoric and Writing Studies (RWS) journals along with Internet media such as editorials and news articles. Instead of the four traditional FYC essays: (1) expository; (2) descriptive; (3) narrative; and (4) analytical, students' major assignments consisted of a summary of a Rhetoric and Writing Studies article, a contrastive rhetorical analysis, a collaborative wiki project illustrating students' understanding of the theory of epistemic rhetoric, and an end of semester reflective paper that required students to discuss how the discourses they were exposed to during the course changed their understanding of writing. (Contains 8 notes.)
University of Winnipeg. Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9, Canada. Tel: 204-786-9001; Fax: 204-774-4134; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas