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Welcome to English 101!

This course is designed to familiarize you with the different types of papers you will write in college. Hopefully, it will also prepare you to write on diverse topics and in different modes to various audiences throughout your life. That mode may be in the form of a memo persuading an employer to give you a raise or an admittance essay to a college you want to attend. It may be a sales letter to a prospective customer or an email to a co-worker explaining a company procedure. Perhaps it is to a larger community in a newsletter in your role as president of the PTA or as an organizer for a church event in which you provide a narrative of past gatherings to encourage participation. Maybe it is a social media post to friends and family.

As your writing skills improve, your verbal ability will follow. So while English 101 will help you to become a better writer, by learning how to organize your thoughts and make logical arguments, your speaking ability will improve as well. This will be a benefit in the classroom, in professional situations, and with personal communications.

It is rare to get through a day when we are not communicating something to someone. So we should learn to do it to the best of our ability. This course will help you communicate what you want, the way you want, so it is understandable to whomever you are addressing.

On this page you will find a list of links that are valuable tools for this course. We will not be spending any significant time on grammar. If you need extra help with grammar, you should visit The Writers' Room (located on the second floor of Clock Tower) and / or work through the links provided to the left.

I look forward to working with each of you.

Please email me at with any questions or concerns regarding this class.

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