Spring 2021 - ENGL 199W E100

Writing to Persuade (3)

Class Number: 3992

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 11 – Apr 16, 2021: Mon, 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 recent 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, ENGL 199W is neither a remedial course nor one suitable for writers seeking ESL instruction.


  • Summary (1-2 pages) 20%
  • Midterm (1-2 pages) 15%
  • Collaborative paper (4-5 pages) 25%
  • Genre Analysis (6-8 pages) 30%
  • Partcipation 10%



Academic Writing: an Introduction, 3rd Edition (2014)
Giltrow, Gooding, Burgoyne, Sawatsky

Because of the covid 19 pandemic and the remote teaching model, you will not be able to buy this book directly from the SFU Bookstory. However, you will be responsible for obtaining a copy of this particular edition (the 3rd) by the time the semester begins. You can find an e-copy of this text through Vitalsource:


ISBN: 9781554811878

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 spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges 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. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).