First-Year Writing Sequence

Writing Program Overview

Placement into first-year English courses is determined by the campus placement process (including the Wisconsin English Placement Test but sometimes also ACT scores, a writing sample, or other information).

English 098 (Introduction to College Writing)

English 098 is a non-degree credit course designed to help students make a smooth transition from high school writing to college composition and to prepare them for enrolling in writing-intensive courses. English 098 offers students a basic introduction to college-level academic reading and writing through instructional methods and assignments that are appropriate for under-prepared learners. Unlike most two-year institutions, the UW Colleges do not have a multi-semester developmental reading and writing program; students normally enroll in degree-credit writing after a single semester of English 098 (or LEA 106) and other support courses.

New Course Description: A composition course focusing on the conventions of academic writing, standard written English, the composing process, critical thinking, and critical reading. Emphasis will be on reading and writing activities designed to prepare students for successful transition to college-level writing.

Topics Consistent Across Sections

  1. Principles and features of academic writing
  2. Essays in a variety of rhetorical genres (for example, summary, analysis, evaluation, argument)
  3. The writing process from invention to editing to peer review, including appropriate use of technologies to facilitate and enhance writing
  4. Informal writing
  5. Principles of rhetoric and composition
  6. Recognition of conventions of standard written English
  7. Critical reading of (primarily nonfiction) writing that models rhetorically effective choices

Learning Resources 106 (Multilingual Writers Workshop)

LEA 106 prepares multilingual students for degree-credit composition and other writing-intensive college courses. Effective Fall 2009, LEA 106 fulfills the basic writing prerequisite for English 101 when a campus offers it for three non-degree credits. Students who successfully complete LEA 106 do not need to take English 098, and they should not enroll concurrently in both courses. However, students may take LEA 106 concurrently with English 101 or 102. Campuses may offer LEA 106 for 1 or 2 non-degree credits as a support course, especially when students have previously taken a first-semester, three-credit version of LEA 106 to fulfill the basic writing prerequisite.

New Course Description: A reading and writing course for multilingual writers taken prior to or concurrent with developmental or first-year composition courses in the English Department. The course helps students improve their skills in spoken and written English for successful academic work at the university level. With the recommendation of the English Department, LEA 106 may be taken to fulfill the ENG 098 prerequisite for ENG and may be taken more than once. Placement: may be recommended or required administratively or students may self-select into the course.

English 101 (College Writing and Critical Reading)

English 101 is the introductory degree-credit writing course for most UW-System institutions. Composition 1 introduces students to college-level critical reading and sourced-based academic writing (primarily from course readings).

New Course Description: A composition course focusing on academic writing, the writing process, and critical reading. Emphasis will be on essays that incorporate readings.

Topics Consistent Across Sections

  1. Principles and features of academic writing
  2. Essays in a variety of rhetorical genres (for example, summary, analysis, argument, evaluation, synthesis)
  3. The writing process from invention to editing to peer review, including appropriate use of technologies to facilitate and enhance writing (including word processing, online databases, online writing labs, for example)
  4. Informal writing
  5. In-text citation and documentation procedures
  6. Principles of rhetoric and composition
  7. Using appropriate conventions of standard written English
  8. Critical reading of (primarily nonfiction) writing that models a variety of rhetorically effective choices

English 102 (Critical Writing, Reading and Research)

English 102 is the core transfer-level composition course for the UW-System, and it fulfills the writing requirement for the UWC Associate Degree. Composition 2 emphasizes argumentation and scholarly, research-based writing. For most students, Composition 2 is a second semester class, and the learning outcomes for the course assume that students have already had a thorough introduction to academic reading and writing either through English 101 or an advanced, writing-intensive high school curriculum (usually including AP or IB courses).

New Course Description: A composition course focusing on researched academic writing that presents information, ideas, and arguments.  Emphasis will be on the writing process, critical thinking, and critical reading.

Topics Consistent Across Sections

  1. Principles and features of academic writing, including participation in academic dialogue
  2. Essays in a variety of rhetorical genres (for example, rhetorical analysis, researched argument, evaluation essay, critical analysis, synthesis)
  3. The writing process from invention to editing to peer review, including appropriate use of technologies to facilitate and enhance writing and research
  4. Documentation and citation procedures
  5. Research process(es)
  6. Principles of rhetoric and composition
  7. Critical reading of (primarily nonfiction) writing that models a variety of rhetorically effective choices
  8. Conventions of standard written English, including the ability to make strategic decisions about grammar, usage, and mechanics that are appropriate and effective in achieving the writer's purpose