Fall 2019 - ENGL 199W J100

Writing to Persuade (3)

Class Number: 4498

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Thu, 5:30–8:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    12 units.



An introduction to reading and writing from a rhetorical perspective. The course treats reading and writing as activities that take place in particular circumstances and situations, in contrast to the traditional emphasis on decontextualized, formal features of texts. It prepares students for reading and writing challenges they are likely to encounter within and beyond the classroom. Students with credit for ENGL 199 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


This course is designed for students who want to develop their abilities as writers in the research genres while reflecting on the social and political contexts of knowledge-making. Drawing on current thinking about the textual practices of the disciplines (rhetorical genre theory) and making use of techniques for identifying, analyzing, and employing elements of style (discourse analysis), we will construct portraits of various scholarly discourse communities throughout the semester. In-class work will provide students multiple opportunities to ground theory in practice, engage in collaborative inquiry, and participate in peer-review sessions.

Assuming students' competence at sentence level and presupposing some experience in the contexts of university writing, English 199 is neither a remedial course nor one suitable for writers seeking ESL instruction.


  • Attendance and participation 10%
  • Summary 15%
  • in-class Midterm 15%
  • Collaborative Paper 20%
  • Genre Analysis 25%
  • First Portfolio 5%
  • Second Portfolio 10%


Academic Writing: An Introduction 3rd Edition by Janet Giltrow et al. Broadview Press, 2014. ISBN 978-1-55481-187-8



All supporting materials will be put on Canvas by the instructor.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

IMPORTANT NOTE Re 300 and 400 level courses: 75% of spaces in 300 level English courses, and 100% of spaces in 400 level English courses, are reserved for declared English Major, Minor, Extended Minor, Joint Major, and Honours students only, until open enrollment begins.

For all On-Campus Courses, please note the following:
- To receive credit for the course, students must complete all requirements.
- Tutorials/Seminars WILL be held the first week of classes.
- When choosing your schedule, remember to check "Show lab/tutorial sections" to see all Lecture/Seminar/Tutorial times required.

Registrar Notes:

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