Fall 2019 - ENGL 114W D900

Language and Purpose (3)

Class Number: 7834

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SUR 5240, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 13, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Location: TBA



Introduces students to the relationships between writing and purpose, between the features of texts and their meaning and effects. May focus on one or more literary or non-literary genres, including (but not limited to) essays, oratory, autobiography, poetry, and journalism. Includes attention to writing skills. Students with credit for ENGL 104W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


This course teaches the argumentative essay from two directions. First, there will be direct lessons on basic essay writing: summary, exposition, illustration, comparison, sequence, arguments, sentence formation, quotation, and citation. I also teach grammar through a series of quizzes, ten in total, and format through direct lessons including sample papers and writing guides. Second, we study style and content through the course readings. The readings progress through several themes: pedagogy, knowledge, composition, racism/imperialism, and gender/feminism.


The ability to respond thoughtfully, logically, and eloquently to any argument that you encounter as well as the ability to take part responsibly in a scholarly debate.


  • Participation 10%
  • Grammar Quizzes 10%
  • Reading Quizzes 10%
  • Essay #1: Ancient Appeals 10%
  • Essay #2: Figurative Language 15%
  • Essay #3: Logic and Fallacy 20%
  • Final Exam 25%


All course readings are available either online or as handouts. The course textbook contains information about basic essay structures, grammar, and citation formats.


There are three essays on the course: the Ancient appeals (pathos, logos, and ethos), figurative language (metaphor, symbol, etc.), and logic/fallacy (deduction, circular reasoning, etc.). For every essay, you will submit a rough draft one week before the final due date. The final exam will require you to write on one of three essay topics and will be based on course readings from Weeks 9 through 13. There are also a series of graded reading quizzes, to make sure you are keeping up with the texts, and a series of grammar quizzes. You will receive credit for being present for grammar quizzes (i.e., they are not graded). The participation mark represents your presence not just in tutorial but in the conversations that take place there as well as/alternatively attending office hours or otherwise maintaining a dialogue with the instructor.



Babington, Doug, Don LePan, and Maureen Okun. The Broadview Pocket Guide to Writing, 4th Ed. Broadview Press. 2015. $18.95 print, $12.95 digital.
ISBN: 9781554812196

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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