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English Composition I

English Composition I

Sophia's English Composition I course takes you through the stages of the writing process, from brainstorming and drafting through revision and proofreading. Students will strengthen their writing skills and become more engaged readers and stronger critical thinkers. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Using problem-based learning and real-world situations, this course teaches you how to apply knowledge in practical and relevant contexts. Our Many Ways™ learning model features multiple teachers and various instructional styles for each concept so you can find a style that meshes with your individual learning preference. This rich, immersive experience helps you better understand and retain information, for an all-around smarter way to learn.

Sophia's English Composition I course takes you through the stages of the writing process, from brainstorming and drafting through revision and proofreading. Students will strengthen their writing skills and become more engaged readers and critical thinkers.

In Sophia's English Composition I course, you will complete a series of formative and summative assessments comprised of 15 Challenge assessments, 5 Milestone assessments, and 5 Touchstone assessments and tied to the following learning outcomes:

  • Describe English Composition
  • Articulate the Writing Process
  • Apply Writing and Revising Techniques
  • Conduct Research and Integrate Evidence
  • Synthesize Academic Writing Skills

NOTE: Before you begin the English Composition I course, you will be asked to submit a short writing sample (250-500 words) to demonstrate your writing style. This sample will help Sophia's Learning Coaches to support you with your successful journey through the course.


95 Student Reviews
by ODUMEGWU A. on August 11, 2017
Benefited from the class immensely but yet to redeem my $50.00 scholarship
by Rhon N. on August 3, 2017
good experience with Sophia...
by Leigh R. on July 31, 2017
This course was harder than I expected, but gave me very helpful tools to use in my coming classes.
by Ramona T. on July 6, 2017
Challenging and informative.
by Lisa S. on June 20, 2017
I think the overall flow of the course could be improved, rather than jumping around to various content (punctuation, content, writing style). It might be easier to learn and follow a course where each unit builds on the last. Overall it was a good course, but the Touchstone projects were very difficult. In particular, the number of elements required for a good touchstone. This is an early level English course but the requirements were more complicated than my 300 level Psychology courses. It was difficult to have to keep so many requirements in mind while writing and revising. I always considered my English skills to be proficient, but this course was extremely challenging.
Sophia replied on June 21, 2017

Hi Lisa— Congratulations on your successful course completion! Yes, this is a challenging college-level Composition course, meaning there is a substantial amount of writing work required. The writing assignments are designed to help you improve your writing skills by testing specific techniques as taught in each unit of the course. Our Learning Coach team is always happy to answer any questions you may have about the requirements. Congratulations again on completing the course and earning these credits!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Tom R. on June 9, 2017
The class structure needs improvement. The question are not all based on the same information in the lectures. The multiple teaches is good to find a teacher fits your learning still but some teacher go over different information. This meant you had to listen to multiple teachers on one lesson which is time consuming for an accelerated course. Also a written tutorial on all the lessons would be nice.
Sophia replied on June 9, 2017

Hi Tom— Congratulations on your successful course completion! While each of the tutorials is designed to provide you with the information needed to answer the assessment questions, our Learning Coach team is here to provide further assistance with the material when needed. We appreciate your feedback about adding a written tutorial, and will certainly pass this on to our course development team. Congratulations again on earning these credits!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Kristi M. on June 2, 2017
This was a challenging course with reviews that I definitely needed. With that being said, I do feel that some of the coursework is geared towards an Individual wanting to major in English or teach that subject.
Sophia replied on June 5, 2017

Hi Kristi— Congratulations on your successful course completion! While this is a rigorous college-level English course, the basic writing and analytical skills taught can ultimately be applicable to a variety of academic fields. Congratulations again on earning these credits!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Charles B. on June 1, 2017
English Composition is a great coarse that has helped me prepare for continued writing skills necessary for my next college level coarse. I never knew I could improve my writing skills with a great on-line coarse. This class has helped me with my writing skills.


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    A: Your overall score is derived from how you do on two types of assessments: Challenges, which are formative assessments, and Milestones, which are summative assessments. Sophia’s English Composition I, Foundations of English Composition, and Public Speaking courses also include written assignments, called Touchstones, that also contribute to your overall score.
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