Fall 2023 - ENGL 199W OL01

Writing to Persuade (3)

Class Number: 7541

Delivery Method: Online


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  • 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 introduces the participants to reading and writing for academic purposes with a rhetorical point of view. This means that interacting with a text is considered as something students and scholars do with a purpose and within a specific context or situation. Participants will reflect on texts as social actions and develop strategies to face the challenges of professional and academic communication. The course will require participants to engage in extensive and close reading, online discussions and quizzes, several writing tasks, and the composition of a research proposal paper. 

As a fully online course, all mandatory interactions with your instructor, teaching assistants, and classmates will be held oline in an asychronous basis. This means that there will not be mandatory real-time online lectures or assignments that will require meetings either in person or through an online conference system. However, you will engage in asynchronous online discussions to which you will contribute at your own time and discretion within a prescribed time limit (usually a week). You will also have the option of meeting with your instructor and/or TAs for online consultations (by appointment) to discuss the preparation of major assignments. These meetings will be optional (not graded).

All video lectures will be video-recorded and you will have the opportunity to ask questions about contents online or by email. 


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

  • Define and describe the relationship between cultural situations and the text as a communicative action.
  • Use published sources to inform their writing in ways that position them as a respectful and informed users of information.
  • Analyze texts to identify the purpose, context, and stance of the writer.
  • Develop strategies to take notes from course readings to compose summaries and reports.
  • Compose texts with the appropriate level of abstraction and specificity for an academic audience.
  • Organize academic texts considering the expectations and needs of the audience.
  • Apply various language resources to compose a research proposal paper.


  • Writing Tasks (1200-1500 words) 20%
  • Weekly Online Discussions and Quizzes 20%
  • Research Proposal Draft (700-1000 words) 30%
  • Research Proposal Revised Version (700-1000 words) 30%


ENGL199W focuses on scientific and scholarly writing. This is not a literature-oriented course.

You will be required to access books and scholarly journals to inform your assignments. Some of these resources will be available for you on Canvas. However, you may need to search for additional reading materials using SFU Library system. Having an active library account will be a requirement to conduct your own bibliographic research.

As this is a writing-intensive course, you must be prepared to devote considerable time to writing. To support you in this process, your instructors will provide plenty of feedback in written form and through online consultations. Attendance to the online consultations is optional. If you decide to attend, you will need to book your appointment in advance following the instructions provided on Canvas.

Weekly engagement in class activities (quizzes and online discussions) will be essential to ensure your success in the course and will be graded.



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.

Having a laptop or personal computer and access to internet connection to work from home will be crucial in this online course.

If needed, you can borrow a laptop from SFU Library: https://www.lib.sfu.ca/borrow/equipment/list  



Giltrow, J., Gooding, R., & Burgoyne, D. (2021). Academic writing: An introduction (4th edition). Broadview Press.

Paperback copies are available for purchase at the publisher's website and at various retailers (e.g. amazon, Indigo). An electronic version can be acquired at Google Play or Campus Bookstore.  


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


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.