Course Description

Focus on all aspects of reading and writing, with particular attention to summary, critical responses to short texts, argumentative development in paragraphs and essays, and the rewriting process. Emphasis on organization, language, accuracy, grammar, and mechanics. Individual conferences with instructor on drafts, library-resource sessions, and/or appropriate use of available technology supplement classroom instruction. Students who pass ENG 111 proceed to ENG 121 the following semester.

This class, in a way, will be the foundation of your college education. You will use the skills and writing techniques you learn in ENG 111 in virtually every other class at Lehman.

 Course Information

This dynamic English Composition course asks students to both create and engage with texts, in a variety of forms, that demonstrate how culture and personal experience inform a writer’s work. In this class, students will read and write voraciously about social, political, economic and cultural issues that influence their lived experiences and use the conventions of multiple genres to both reflect and respond to the times in which they live.

Note: This is an asynchronous online course. While you will complete a significant portion of the coursework independently on your own time, you will be asked to regularly engage with your peers and instructor through email, discussion boards, social networking, and other collaborative learning tools.

Course Objectives

  • Read and listen critically and analytically, identifying a text’s major arguments, assumptions, and assertions and evaluating its supporting evidence.
  • Write clearly and coherently in standard English using varied academic formats, including online responses, writing journals, in-class writing, and formal essays of varied rhetorical structures.
  • Critique and improve their own and each other’s texts through online and in-class responses and editing of peers’ work.
  • Enter academic conversations by identifying the existing state of dialogue and offering their own evidence and arguments, and by conforming to accepted conventions of ethical attribution and citation.
  • Support a well-reasoned argument, and communicate persuasively across a variety of contexts, purposes, audiences, and media.
  • Use available technology to support informal and formal writing and revising, and use acquired discursive skills to engage meaningfully with available technology.
  • Demonstrate introductory familiarity with the library and its resources. Students will demonstrate acquired skills of critical reading, summary, and original argumentation in midterm and final Common-Exam essays.
  • Learn how to recognize and interpret meanings in various texts and media.
  • Raise social awareness

Required Materials

Kirszner, Laurie G., and Mandell, Stephen R., The Blair Reader: Exploring Issues and Ideas. 9th ed. Pearson, 2016.

CUNY Academic Commons: Other reading and writing materials, PowerPoint slideshows, educational links and videos will be posted online on the CUNY Academic Commons throughout the semester. Note: You must use your Lehman College email address in order to access the Academic Commons. Register for an account at https://commons.gc.cuny.edu in order to receive important course announcements.


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