English 1010 and 1011
Students fulfill the University of Connecticut’s FYW requirement by passing either English 1010 or English 1011 (with a grade of C or above for ECE students). Both English 1010 and English 1011 are seminars in academic writing. Both provide students with practice and instruction in academic writing through inquiry-based writing projects. English 1010 and 1011 include an emphasis on revision of formal assignments that include information literacy, multimodal, and reflective writing components. Although there is considerable overlap in the structure and kinds of projects produced in the two courses, English 1011 gives more attention to literary texts as significant resources for advancing student inquiry. In both courses, the student writing that emerges from these engagements takes precedence over mastery of a body of readings. The goal of a FYW/ECE seminar is to provide a site for students to do the intellectual work of academic writing, including research, drafting, revising, and reflecting.
ENGL 1010: Course Description (can be modified for 1011)
The University of Connecticut’s First-Year Writing (FYW) seminars are characterized by collaborative, student-driven inquiry. As a general education course, FYW prepares students for future academic work by asking them to use writing to contribute to active academic conversations across various media. The instructor in an FYW seminar provides a site and offers contexts with assigned texts, central questions, and directed discussion for the development of this ongoing work. Through cycles of writing, feedback, and reflection, students work on projects in which they select and define places where they might advance the class conversation. Writing projects in this course will be grounded in a course-long inquiry of a fairly specific topic.
More about English 1011: Writing Through Literature
The title of the English 1011 course, “Writing Through Literature,” means much more than writing about literature.
- English 1011 is not a course about literature, nor is it an introduction to literary analysis. Whereas writing about literature makes the literary text the object of study, in 1011 the literary texts are a starting point for inquiry: They foster an outwardly directed energy.
- Writing through literature means making use of literary texts to generate and support projects that extend beyond the occasion of this particular literary text. In a 1011 course, it is never enough to merely demonstrate productive reading of literary texts (although close, careful reading and exploration of texts is essential). Student essays should be directed toward a more specific contribution to a problem or question set up by the course readings. How does the literary text become a resource for inquiry-driven projects?
- Readings can serve as rhetorical and linguistic resources. Literary texts serve as materials that students can make use of to compose for rhetorical purposes. They should be positioned alongside "nonliterary" texts and student-produced texts to open up opportunities for students to consider how different genres and language styles are selected for different purposes.
English 1003 and 1004
In addition to English 1010 and 1011, the FYW/ECE program also offers two courses that precede these seminars. English 1003 introduces international students and non-native English speakers to American university discourse by emphasizing classroom participation, discussion, and writing to help develop facility with English in the academy. English 1004 is designed to guide students in developing their writing practices and to introduce them to meaningful participation in critical conversations. More information about English 1003 and 1004 is available on FYW’s website.
See, too, a particularly valuable resource, the course description and learning goals for ENGL 1004.