English 1003

ENGL 1003 is an introduction to the rhetorical process for emerging second-language writers. It stresses the writing situation and the purpose of writing, and pays particular attention to the critical engagement and reflection skills needed to participate successfully in the American university discourse community. This course takes students through all stages of the writing process, providing an extensive background in planning, drafting, peer reviewing, and revising, and highlights the recursive nature of writing. The work in written, visual, aural, and oral engagement prepares students for future courses in First-Year Writing, as well as other University courses across the disciplines. Through reading, writing, discussion, and peer review, students develop their unique voices as writers, to explore and communicate their ideas in an environment that respects diverse cultural views and experiences. Students' home languages and cultures are resources for discussing language and rhetoric in a global context. Writing topics are determined by individual instructors and may range from personal narratives or logical arguments, to composing in different modalities or a combination thereof. ENGL 1003 is not a language course, though there is focused, context-specific grammar instruction when needed. Any student who needs to improve basic English language skills should begin by taking courses with UCAELI. Class size is limited to 15.

 ENGL 1003 may be repeated if desired or if the instructor recommends further study in ENGL 1003. Repeated course credit in ENGL 1003 counts as "elective" and toward total credits needed to graduate.  The course is open to undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students. 

Students should be able to recognize, execute, and/or have experience in the following areas by the end of ENGL 1003.

Consider the writing situation


  • Understand writing assignment prompts
  • Understand and work with writing in response to the particulars of a rhetorical situation
  • Situate self in terms of other writers
  • Emergent complexity
Work with texts
  • Selecting and gathering relevant, “useful” artifacts in multiple modes
  • Reading with purpose
  • Reading closely
  • Understanding convention
Emergent self-awareness and control over writing
  • Developing processes for writing
  • Developing awareness of relationships among purpose, effects, meaning
  • Understanding own rhetorical and linguistic challenges where to find resources