Fall 2021 - ENGL 114W D900

Language and Purpose (3)

Class Number: 4282

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2021: Tue, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2021
    Sun, 8:30–11:30 a.m.



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 is about the relationship between language and the meaning-making process. It explores how language users:

  1. Can successfully communicate with their intended audiences by establishing credibility, choosing the appropriate time and occasion to present their message, and appealing to their readers/listeners’ reason and feelings.
  2. Use different language choices to position themselves, their message, and their readers/listeners.
  3. Organize and deliver an argument in writing, speech, and through images.
  4. Use sources to inform their message.
  5. Collaboratively compose a message with their peers/co-workers for professional purposes
  6. Use critical reading skills to revise their own writing and evaluate the meaning communicated in the writing of others.


  • Reader's response journal 15%
  • Tutorial tasks 25%
  • Essay outline 10%
  • Essay (draft and revised versions) 35%
  • Exam 15%



All students will be responsible of purchasing the required textbook. It has not been ordered from the SFU bookstore, but an electronic version is available from the publisher. See link provided below. 


Losh, Elizabeth, et al. Understanding Rhetoric. Third Edit, Macmillan Learning, 2021.

Digital Edition Available HERE


Selected chapters of the following books will be included:

  • Brazillier, Amy, and Elizabeth Kleinfeld. The Bedford Book of Genres . A Guide and Reader. Second Edi, Macmillan Learning, 2018.

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:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.