College Composition is a course which is taught in some
form in just about every college during the freshman year. Because the
course involves skill building, it tends not to be any more exciting than
practicing a piano. It is, however, crucial to college success.
Some writing is required in nearly every field one can go into. Business
leaders have asked colleges to teach more courses like this.
Consequently, even if you find the course tedious, it is important to do your
best—it only lasts for one semester. Those of you who enjoy writing
will find the course interesting.
The college catalogue describes this course as follows:
EN 110 College
A course designed to develop writing skills through the study of
language. Reading selections for vocabulary, style, and patterns of rhetoric
support this aim. A documented research paper is required.
F/S (C, N, S)
The college catalogue describes Improving College Writing as
EN 021 Improving
College Writing 3-0-3
A course designed to improve students' writing skills.
F/S (C, N, S)
As stated in the description, the research paper is a
very important part of the course. A college graduate, whether from a
two- or four-year institution must be able to do research and to synthesize
that research into a written work. I have seen numerous papers written
by high school students in this area that display all the qualities that
acceptable papers should have. If you, however, did not take classes
prior to this which teach the research paper, you might want to consider
taking a regular English class and not a telecourse. This is not to say
that the motivated student cannot do very well regardless. There is more
information available about research papers than ever before. The Audrey
Bard Skills center is an excellent resource as it the ECC Library.
An additional excellent resource for learning research
A sample paper is available at:
In the Fall semester of 2002, a student came up to me after the
introductory class practically in tears and said that she was afraid that she
was not one of those capable of doing work sufficient to do well in a
telecourse. She stayed in that class and has earned an A grade in three
telecourse since then, doing exceptional papers and getting the highest scores
on most of the tests. If you are motivated and conscientious, this
course will serve you well—it saves a lot of commuter time and baby sitting