Principles of First-Year Composition Program
English 1101 and English 1102 are based on principles drawn from writing research and theory. We believe:
Writers write most effectively when engaging in sustained drafting and revising. Thus, by implementing activities such as peer review and assessment techniques such as portfolio grading, the UNG FYC courses offer a process approach to writing instruction that invites students to engage in global and local revision and to incorporate feedback into revised drafts. Revision is also spurred by helping students see how to adjust their writing and writing processes to respond to ever-changing rhetorical situations.
Writers write most effectively when their writing is purposeful, communicative, and rhetorical. Thus, the UNG FYC courses encourage students to write for specific audiences to achieve clear purposes and in response to exigencies that are meaningful to them.
Writers write most effectively when engaging in flexible and not rigid writing rules. Thus, UNG FYC courses strive to teach transferable writing-related practices and concepts that may aid in later contexts, including academic and career writing.
Writers write most effectively when exposed to declarative knowledge about writing. Students benefit from an exposure to writing-related concepts such as rhetorical situation, genre, invention, exigence, audience, and medium. Thus, UNG FYC courses are grounded in the research, practice, and theory of writing as a way of delivering clear content.