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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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Description

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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.

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77 Student Reviews
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by Dustin D. on January 20, 2017
Those who graded papers where friendly and accessible, however the work itself was nothing short of excessive and irrelevant. The majority of questions to answer had grammatical errors within them, some of the answers did not seem to be the correct choice and in challenging some, I received the point because the grammar that was part of the answer was not the correct grammar at all. As far as APA formatting, I have learned this since high school. What was asked in the papers was excessive and completely unnecessary. I was told to address the rubric, which was vague and misleading. I was at one point required to write a paragraph under each reference in my WORK CITED (as it is not actually referred to as bibliography in APA formatting) explaining how I used each reference. Needless to say, I opted out of the Algebra course in fear that it would be just as excessive and absurd and gladly paid the $1000 dollars to take the class and feel assured that it would be relevant.
Sophia replied on January 20, 2017

Hi Dustin -- Congratulations on completing and passing the course. We appreciate your feedback. We listen closely to our students' feedback and use it to continually improve our course content and assessment model used in the courses. We wish you the best in your future studies.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
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by Sean D. on January 11, 2017
This was a difficult course for me. I think it was because it was my first time ever using this type class. Overall I felt It meet the needs I needed to pass the class
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by Matthew T. on December 30, 2016
Overall a ok course. The lecture videos droned on quite a bit, and I found keeping focus difficult. I am not a fan of the challenge and touchstone questions as I think the method of asking a question with several near perfect answers and you have to decide which is better than the others is frustrating. On the writing pieces, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of detailed marking and feedback I received back.
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by Bijal S. on November 15, 2016
It's been wonderful learning experience with Sophia learning. I really gained so much knowledge. I am very happy with the Sophia. Sophia has very high standard and I feel proud of being a student of Sophia Learning. Very supportive and cooperative staff and teachers (Coach) are very intelligent and knowledgeable. I strongly recommend Sophia learning for the bright future. Thank you all for your kind support and giving me knowledge.
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by Wendy Z. on November 8, 2016
This class was hard but manageable. The instruction was a little unorganized. Overall, I am glad I took this course.
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by Tom G. on September 28, 2016
No joke. The work for this course is hard, but the instruction is spot on, and the feedback for the papers is extremely helpful. The course required real effort and a serious investment of time.
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by Dylan S. on September 8, 2016
Had nothing but problems. The questions were unnecessarily tricky and difficult to understand due to lack of directions.
Sophia replied on September 8, 2016

Hi Dylan I am sorry to hear that. As you went through the course, our team would have been here to help, including clarifying any questions you had. This is an online course, but there is a supportive team standing behind it to help our students be successful. Congratulations on completing the course and earning the credits towards your degree!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
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by Carlos B. on August 30, 2016
I recommend being more specific during the tutorials. Some of the questions in the milestones were hard to answer since the instructors didn't place much emphasis on those subjects.

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