Policies and Recommendations

The Department of English has a common attendance policy for multiple section courses including English 126; specific recommendations are also in place for the assignments in the course.

Assignment Recommendations

  • English 126 requires three (3) formal essays, including one research paper, that is the result of drafting and revision. These formal papers must be worth at least sixty percent (60%) of the final grade.

  • Composition courses must include a minimum of nine (9) print and/or online reading selections encompassing a range of literary genres.

Attendance Policy

Lack of attendance in ENG 126 may not be the sole reason that students fail this course. Grades must be based on work completed during the semester.

We strongly suggest instructors include the following on their course syllabi:

  1. A percentage for Class Participation that ranges from 10-20% in the grading breakdown.
  2. A clear description of the policy for late assignments, specifying when and under what circumstances late assignments will and will not be accepted.
  3. A clear description of the marking or accounting for the completion of in-class work, as separate from homework or out of class work, both as a practice in the classroom and as a part of the grading breakdown, perhaps as part of or separate from the “Class Participation” portion.