ENG 333



Course Description

English 333 aims to prepare students to read, conduct research, and communicate more effectively in a range of academic, professional, and public settings. Specifically, you will complete a number of projects designed to acquaint you with the audiences and types of documents you are likely to use as you advance in your educational and professional careers. Because successful communication in the 21st century increasingly requires writers to engage their audiences in a variety of media and formats, in addition to producing traditional print documents (i.e., letters, reports, proposals, etc.), you will also be exposed to a number of digital genres, including audio and video podcasts, blogs, and websites.

Two assumptions will be key to this work:

  • Writing and speaking are rhetorical: effective communicators must carefully consider their audiences and their purposes as they plan, draft, and revise their communications.
  • Academic, professional and public audiences often differ in how they read and respond to communications: effective communicators must learn to recognize and negotiate such shifting demands in each new context they face.


Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Analyze a writing task and its rhetorical context, including the purpose of the document, its audience, its uses, and its constraints.
  • Understand the basic features of several academic, professional and public genres, and how to modify these features in response to new audiences and situations.
  • Create usable, persuasive, clear, accurate, and readable documents.
  • Understand the specific expectations of audiences in your chosen academic and professional field and adapt your communications to address these expectations more effectively
  • Develop a professional style of working in teams and managing group projects.
  • Conduct more advanced research in a variety of contexts and incorporate this research in you writing more effectively.