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First Year Writing Courses
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First Year Writing Courses

Writing and Rhetoric I
Writing and Rhetoric II
Enhanced Writing and Rhetoric I and II
Computer-Aided Instruction
Community Service Writing and Rheotric II
Learning Communities
English as a Second Language 

Writing and Rhetoric I 52-1151

The first course in the two-course composition sequence addresses techniques for idea generation, planning, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. Assignments vary form class to class, but emphasis is always placed on expressive and persuasive writing and reading skills, allowing students practice in writing and reading for and about the self and others. Teaching strategies include one-on-one conferencing, small and whole class workshops, and a multi-draft approach to the creation of meaningful communication.
Formerly English Composition I
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Writing and Rhetoric II 52-1152
Writing and Rhetoric II courses follow an inquiry-driven approach to teaching research writing. Working from a number of models, courses guide students as they develop and sustain a single inquiry over the duration of the course. Students learn that writing is used to generate insight, not merely to express an idea, position, opinion, or argumentative claim that has been settled on before writing. Questions-rather than "topics"-drive inquiry-based writing.
Formerly English Composition II
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Enhanced Writing and Rhetoric I and II 
For further information on 52-1100, Introduction to College Writing, on 52-1111, Writing and Rhetoric I: Enhanced, and 52-1112, Writing and Rhetoric II: Enhanced, visit the Basic Writing page. These courses also emphasize the process approach.
Formerly Enhanced English Composition I and II
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Computer-assisted Instruction 
Some sections of Writing and Rhetoric I and II are computer-assisted (CAI) classes and meet in the English department computer classrooms on the 3rd floor of 33 E. Congress. Lab 312 is an open lab and one of many computer labs on campus where students may write their papers between classes. The content of the computer-assisted classes is the same as in other sections of Writing and Rhetoric I and II.
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Community Service Writing and Rhetoric II 
52-1162, Community Service Writing and Rhetoric II classes are special four credit courses designed for students who want to give something back to the community. In addition to the standard WRII reading/writing load, students earn a fourth credit by volunteering an hour a week at an outreach agency connected thematically to their class. Themes include: women's issues, environmental concerns, family, and youth services.
Formerly Community Service English Composition II
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Learning Communities 
Some sections of Writing and Rhetoric I and II are linked with sections of other courses in a given semester to create learning communities. One learning community linked a group of journalism students in their Writing and Rhetoric I class and their Introduction to Mass Media class. Learning communities involving Writing and Rhetoric courses have also been developed with Film, Television and other departments.
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ESL (English as a Second Language) 
ESL Writing and Rhetoric I and II cover the same material as Writing and Rhetoric I and II (see above), but students benefit from smaller class sizes (12 students at most), specialized instruction addressing the ESL writing experience, supplemental one-on-one instruction in the Writing Center, and computer-assisted instruction. For further information on the courses and services offered to English as a Second Language (ESL) students, visit the ESL page.
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