Sunday, September 6, 2009

Lecture 1: Introduction to the Course

Welcome all ENGL 102 students! I hope your new academic year is off to a great start and I wish you all the best for the coming term.

Today we will go over a few introductory issues. I'll tell you a bit about:

    * the course itself
    * the assignment
    * plagiarism and how to avoid it (see more on academic integrity here)
    * the syllabus
    * the course text books:

Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, They Say / I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing.

Kay L. Stewart, Roger Davis et al., Essay Writing for Canadian Students, 6th Edition.

Kate Pullinger and Chris Joseph, Inanimate Alice, Episodes 1-4.

My office hours: Thursdays before this class from 2:30-3:30. Feel free to make an appointment to meet at a mutually convenient time.

My office location: 6-223L (that's building six at the City Centre Campus).

Note on Blog Comment Assignments: Writing on the course blog should follow usual academic conventions. When referring to titles please underline them (see MLA style) and be sure to include links where possible.

Note on Attendance and Participation:  Coming to class is good. Asking questions, stimulating discussion and reflecting on class content is better. If you come to class and participate you’ll get your 5%.


Read “Entering the Conversation,” 1-14 in They Say I Say.

Blog Post 1: “Autobiographical Blurb.”
Due before start of next class.

Read more about the assignment here.

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