Fall 2022 - ENGL 114W D100

Language and Purpose (3)

Class Number: 8027

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Thu, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 7, 2022
    Wed, 3:30–6:30 p.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 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. It particularly addresses communication in academic settings.  


By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Support a message with appropriate and reliable sources achieving credibility with an educated audience.
  2. Select and integrate sources in a text following the principles of academic integrity.
  3. Appeal to the reason of an academic audience by presenting well connected arguments.
  4. Select when it is appropriate to appeal to the feelings of an audience in academic settings.
  5. Choose the appropriate time and occasion to present a message.
  6. Organize a text considering the style expectations of an academic audience.
  7. Use different language choices to position the writer, the message, and the audience in ways that support communication.
  8. Use critical reading skills to revise and edit their own writing. 
  9. Evaluate the writing of others to offer revision recommendations.
  10. Collaboratively and individually compose a message for an academic audience.


  • In-class participation tasks 10%
  • Writing tasks 10%
  • Essay outline 10%
  • Essay draft 15%
  • Essay (final version) 40%
  • Exam 15%


As this is a writing-intensive course, you must be prepared to devote considerable time to writing.

To support your learning, a weekly tutorial has been scheduled.  Attendance to these consultations will be mandatory and considered as part of your "in-class participation" grade. 



Participants will be expected to complete required readings since the first week of the course. Therefore, every student must plan ahead to acquire the required textbook. Information on where to purchase the text is available in the required reading section below.


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

Digital Edition Available HERE

You can also purchase the paperback version from different retailers. If you choose this option, plan in advance to have your copy since the first week of the semestre. 


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.
  • Giltrow, Janet, et. al. Academic Writing: An Introduction. 3rd ed., Broadview Press, 2014.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

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 website 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