College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Multilingual Composition - ENGH 100

As the first course in Mason’s vertical writing curriculum, ENGH 100 helps multilingual writers understand the role of micro-linguistic awareness in the rhetorical act of writing. Instructors of ENGH 100 strive to build students' receptive and productive skills in English through a scaffolded curriculum that emphasizes the value of noticing linguistic and rhetorical moves across genres in order for students to then apply these moves in their own writing. To that end, the curriculum foregrounds rhetorical reading as a critical component in the writing process and in prompting authentic and sustained research projects.

By taking ENGH 100:

  • Students improve their ability to write in a recursive process that includes exploration, reflection, invention, inquiry, organization, drafting, revision, peer review, and editing.
  • Students demonstrate their ability to analyze and meet the needs of a range of rhetorical situations: they increase their awareness of the expectations of US academic audiences, they learn to write in a variety of rhetorical situations, and they develop strategies for anticipating and using audience feedback as they draft, revise, and edit.
  • Students gain emerging college-level proficiency in critically reading and in writing nonfiction texts in a range of genres, including (but not limited to) exposition, argumentation, and research-supported writing.
  • Students understand the basic principles of inquiry and can employ strategies for conducting college-level research, for evaluating sources and for incorporating outside facts and ideas into their writing.

 Requirements and Prerequisites:

  • Students in ENGH 100 will spend at least one designated class per week using technology to actively learn or practice crucial writing skills (e.g. practicing research, source evaluation, drafting or revision strategies). To facilitate this work, students will need a laptop or a tablet with a keyboard and word processing software in class. The composition program has a laptop check-out program for students who cannot bring their own devices.
  • Students in ENGH 100 will produce at least 3500 words of formal graded prose and should expect to also engage in informal and/or reflective assignments, early drafts, and/or task-specific writing assignments (e.g. summaries or reading analyses). To help student engage in the writing process, students will have the opportunity to revise at least one major project after receiving detailed feedback from the instructor. Students will also be engaged in their writing and research process and regularly receive feedback and instruction throughout.

Resources for Students:

Catalog Course Description and Current Schedule

Waivers for the Composition Program

The Writing Center

Writing Across the Curriculum

GMU Library

Students as Scholars

Office of Academic integrity

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