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Foundations of English Composition

Foundations of English Composition

Sophia's Foundations of English Composition course teaches foundational writing skills that will enable students to be successful in a college level English Composition course. Students will learn how to construct sound sentences, craft effective paragraphs, and write cohesive compositions, developing their writing skills through all stages of the writing process. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Category: English and Communication

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Foundations of English Composition

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 Foundations of English Composition course teaches foundational writing skills that will enable students to be successful in a college level English Composition course. Students will learn how to construct sound sentences, craft effective paragraphs, and write cohesive compositions, developing their writing skills through all stages of the writing process.

In Sophia's Foundations of English Composition course, you will complete a series of formative and summative assessments comprised of 8 Challenge assessments, 2 Milestone assessments, and 2 Touchstone assessments tied to the following learning outcomes:

  • Write Effective Sentences and Paragraphs
  • Write Effective Essays


178 Student Reviews
by Angela V. on May 25, 2018
The content of the course was thorough. However, the bulk of the tutorials were videos with no option to read them. I prefer the written Sophia tutorials. The videos in this course were from the same person and her presentation style, along with her constant hand gestures were distracting. It would have been more helpful to have a powerpoint presentation showing relevant information instead of having the teacher in the center of the videos.
by James S. on November 25, 2019
Simple enough challenge section, but the Touchstones take more time than Milestones. Also, the Sample Touchstones are inconsistent with the instructions provided to complete the Touchstones - it's both confusing and frustrating to be docked points when expectations are contradictory.
Sophia replied on November 26, 2019

Hi James - Congratulations on your successful course completion and earning the credit toward you degree. We do encourage students to contact us for clarification anytime during the course. That includes reviewing Touchstone directions and your approach to the assignment. We hope to see you again in a future course with Sophia.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Katie G. on August 11, 2017
Easy class. There needs to be edits made to correct grammatical errors.
Sophia replied on August 11, 2017

Hi Katie— Congratulations on your successful course completion! While we can assure you that we have a thorough editing process in place, we invite you to reach out to our Learning Coach team if you ever have concerns about the course material. Congratulations again on completing the course!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Jameka T. on September 14, 2017
The content in the course was helpful in reading & learning, but I wish there was more structure practice to assist in forming a full essay. It would've been helpful with practicing the formatting, because this program went from creating a paragraph to a full essay. There should have been a bit more of a transition between the two.
by Angela A. on December 3, 2019
The overall material of the course was fine. The last assignment was graded harshly. This is the second to last course for my BSN and the first time I have received anything lower than a 94% on a paper. I would suggest a writing assignment that carried less weight before the final paper. This way there is at least a reference point and discussion about expectations. I think it would also teach me better as to what I need to improve on. Nonetheless, the course was fine, that is my only complaint. Thanks
by Praise K. on February 25, 2020
This is a great course to take before Eng Comp 1. You have to write a 3-5 page essay, but they talk you through it and give you an example. The graders are very helpful and fair. It definitely prepares you for Eng Comp 1. A little more guidance/teaching on citations would have been helpful though.
by Gordon B. on May 22, 2017
I thought the instructor in this course was excellent and that my writing definitely improved. This course is great value for money as you get 4.5 credits for less than $329.
by Tina A. on March 5, 2017
This was my first course. I appreciate all the help given by the Sophia Learning Coaches. These courses provide great tutorials and challenging, in a good way.


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    A: Sophia courses are graded on a pass/fail basis, with 70% overall required to pass the course. Your score is based upon points earned in the formative assessments ("Challenges"), summative assessments ("Milestones"), and if applicable, the authentic assessments ("Touchstones"). Currently, our Foundations of English Composition, English Composition I, and Public Speaking courses contain Touchstones.

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