English 125

Resources for faculty teaching English 125, Composition I: Introduction to College Writing
Standard Syllabus Format
English 125 is a general education course offered in multiple sections taught by many instructors. Instructors need to include the following items on their syllabi to ensure consistency. At the end of these guidelines instructors will find a useful sample syllabus.
Sample Course Outline
Faculty teaching English 125 have some flexibility in developing their particular sections. Still, English 125 is largely about close reading, the integration of multiple sources into several papers, and the development of a position or argument that engages with sources.
Required Texts
This page lists up-to-date information about the required texts for English 125.
Grading
Evaluating students' performance in our classes is an essential part of our job. Listed below are the Department's policies regarding final grades in English 125.
Writing Center
The York College Writing Center provides writing tutoring for all York College students. Tutors work with students on all aspects of the writing process.
Institutional Resources
ESL/SEEK Supplementary Resources
This site aims to help students to improve their reading comprehension of course reading selections. It includes background information for challenging historical/cultural allusions and terms in the reading passages, and provides vocabulary checklists and exercises, and pre/post reading comprehension questions. Furthermore, the site consists of primary readings which connect to course reading selections.
Policies and Recommendations
Success in this class depends on regular and punctual attendance. The English Department's policy for multiple section courses such as this one is:
High-Stakes Writing Assignment Suggestions
All formal papers in English 125 (at least three papers of 3-5 pages) should be written under "revision" conditions: (1) A first version is submitted for feedback on content and organization by peers and instructor.
Scaffolding Suggestions for High-Stakes Assignments
Low and middle-stakes assignment suggestions

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