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Online College Course

Foundations of English Composition

Foundations of English Composition

Sophia's Foundations of English Composition course teaches foundational writing skills that will enable you to be successful in a college level English Composition course. You will learn how to construct sound sentences, craft effective paragraphs, and write cohesive compositions, developing your 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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Description

Foundations of English Composition

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

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 8 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes), 2 Milestone assessments (these are like tests), and 2 Touchstone assessments (these are writing assignments) with an overall score of 70% or better.

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

  • Write Effective Sentences and Paragraphs
  • Write Effective Essays

Sophia's Many Ways™
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.

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292 Student Reviews
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by Eloisa R. on August 2, 2020
The feedback on the essays are so encouraging and constructive criticism was unexpectedly appreciated . Thank you for the course material and facilitating source for adults
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by Jason A. on August 2, 2020
I loved everything about this course. The videos were the most valuable part. I will continue to use Sophia and exploring the other classes.
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by Kirsten J. on August 1, 2020
I can't believe how easy that was!!!
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by Jessi R. on August 1, 2020
This class was super helpful in refining my writing.
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by Clara R. on July 31, 2020
Very good and informative course that I highly recommend!
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by James B. on July 31, 2020
Refreshed a lot of my learning from grade school.
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by Ashley A. on July 30, 2020
Good class! Not too strenuous, can pick away at it fairly quickly.
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by Lauren P. on July 28, 2020
I enjoyed this course. The first touchstone was easy to write, the second one took a bit more effort. Overall, I am very happy with my decision to take this course. Great start to my english courses!

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  • Q: What does "Try it for Free" mean?

    A: The Free Trial allows you to access the course of your choice, or multiple courses. It gives you access to the first unit ("Challenge 1") in the course. This will let you meet the course instructors, sample the instructional content, and answer a set of assessment questions in the Challenge. You can also read the Student Guide and watch an Orientation Video to learn more about the course format, requirements, and resources.

    Any work you complete in the Free Trial is saved, so if you decide to register, you do not need to repeat it. Of course, we also let you reset it and start over if you wish.

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  • Q: When do the courses start and how long do I have to complete a course?

    A: You choose your own course start date and have 60 days from your chosen start date to complete each course. Sophia courses are self-paced, so many students complete a course in less than 60 days.

  • Q: Where do I get the textbooks for my course?

    A: You do not need any textbooks for Sophia courses. All material is taught by video and text-based tutorials that are in the courseroom, and are included as part of a Sophia membership.

  • Q: How am I graded in the course?

    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.

  • Q: How do I know which courses I should take?

    A: Consult with your academic adviser at your university to determine specifically which Sophia courses could fit into your program. You can download the course syllabus directly from our site to share with your school advisor.

  • Q: Are the tests proctored?

    A: Sophia courses utilize keyboard biometrics as an alternative to proctoring. No webcam is needed for a Sophia course.

  • Q: I'm taking a course where I have to submit Touchstones. How long does it take for my Touchstone to be graded once it's submitted?

    A: We provide our faculty graders with up to 7 business days to grade a Touchstone. The actual time may vary based on volume and grader capacity.

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