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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. You will strengthen you writing skills and become a more engaged reader and stronger critical thinker. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Category: English and Communication

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English Composition I

Course Description
Sophia's English Composition I course takes you through the stages of the writing process, from brainstorming and drafting through revision and proofreading. You will strengthen you writing skills and become a more engaged reader and stronger critical thinker.

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 13 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes), 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests), and 4 Touchstone assessments (these are written assignments) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Understand the basic elements and goals of English composition
  • Write effective sentences and paragraphs
  • Employ proper grammar, punctuation, and mechanics usage
  • Articulate the stages of the writing process
  • Apply writing and revising techniques to narrative, comparison/contrast, informative, and argumentative essays

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This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.


334 Student Reviews
by Debra B. on May 22, 2019
I did not enjoy this course at all. I consider myself a high performer and strive to submit excellent work. This is the lowest grade I have received as a college student. In some instances, the individuals who graded my paper did not respond with proper grammar or spelling themselves. I submitted all of my essays in PDF format with the exception of 1 and that particular one had a large gap in the formatting that was not present when I submitted my work. I am very disappointed in the time it took to have my work graded. I guess I do not have a clear understanding for writing an argumentative essay. I cited credible websites but lost points because I didn't provide evidence to support my argument. Wouldn't the information obtained from those credible sites be the evidence needed? I no longer have the love for English I once had after taking this course.
by krissy p. on June 25, 2019
5 written assignments in one course & milestones are still required? Plus the inability to submit an assignment until the previous one is graded is ridiculous. They take entirely too long to grade the essays for us to have to wait for the feedback.
by Jong Hyun M. on July 11, 2019
The content was good and I enjoyed the course, but I wish it was made clearer that each essay takes about a week to have graded - and you can't submit other essays until you get previous ones back. Knowing all this would have helped me plan my time better so I wouldn't have needed an extension.
by brenda q. on June 17, 2019
The instructor was very diligent about providing feedback but failed to realize this is a freshman level (entry level) English course and was grading as if were a highly advance class.
by Emily W. on November 12, 2018
Good course, not given a lot of material for writing assignments.
by Felicia J. on June 25, 2019
The course was interesting, but the grading of the essays was very confusing and inconsistent.
by John T. on February 5, 2020
Please read all of this review to see why I gave it 3 stars! One on hand I want to give it 5 stars, and on the other I could score it 1 star: There were parts of the instruction which even with taking essentially an open book test, I was failing to answer correctly due to some cryptic phrasing and the like. This drove me nuts! BUT, On the other hand, the touchstone essays I had to write, while a challenge for me, were graded by a Fantastic Instructor! His feedback and insights really made me feel like digging in and trying much harder to get a better result for each of the 5 papers you will write. Thus, my final rating of three stars. YES! I would recommend this course if you have any interest in improving your written communication skills. My final score was 91%
by Karen R. on March 2, 2020
This course was a good refresher. I wasn't a fan of the instructor who they had for most of the course. I'd much rather see examples while someone is talking rather than watching someone speak. Some of the audio quality of the videos was rough as well, but the process wasn't too hard, and the grading had great feedback. With some of the medical issues I was having, Sophia did a great job working with me!


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