Writing and Rhetoric Department:College of Arts and Humanities

First-Year Writing Program

Composition Curriculum

ENC 1101 is a course focused on writing and language: how does writing work? What do you need to know about writing that will help you succeed in later coursework?

ENC 1102 is a course that encourages students to engage in genuine inquiry and share their findings with others.

ENC 1130 is a course that provides additional instruction in reading and writing strategies for students who may not feel ready for the work in ENC 1101.

Detailed Information about the Curriculum

Students who are not sure they are ready for ENC 1101 are encouraged to take the Directed Self-Placement Survey.

Principles of UCF's ENC1101 and 1102 Curricula

ENC1101 and 1102 at UCF are based on these guiding principles:

  • Writers need both declarative and procedural knowledge about writing. That is, they need to know how to use language effectively and how to adjust their writing processes to be most effective given the rhetorical situation in which they are writing. But they also benefit from a deep understanding of writing-related concepts such as rhetorical situation, genre, plagiarism, error, incubation, discourse community, and so on. Thus, the UCF composition courses include instruction in drafting and revising, but also have a clear content drawn from Writing Studies research and theory about composing
  • Writers need to engage in sustained drafting and revision in order to write most effectively. Student writers respond best to comments about their writing which they have time and opportunity to incorporate suggestions into revised drafts. Thus, the UCF composition courses are based on a process approach to writing instruction that requires students to engage in substantive global revision over time, in addition to careful editing at the sentence level to produce thoughtful and polished final drafts
  • Writers write most effectively when their writing is purposeful, transactional, communicative, contributive, and rhetorical. Thus, the UCF composition courses encourage students to understand and write for specific audiences to achieve clear purposes that are meaningful to the student
  • Writing instruction should strive to teach transferable practices and concepts. Thus, the UCF composition curriculum is rooted in research on knowledge transfer that suggests students should learn flexible concepts about writing rather than rigid rules, and they should engage in continual reflection on their writing practices to encourage mindfulness
  • Particular genres are best learned in the contexts where they mediate activity. Thus, the UCF composition curriculum focuses on purpose and content first in the belief that form follows function. Students in ENC1101 and ENC1102 will write in a variety of genres appropriate to their rhetorical purposes and learning goals. Genres specific to various disciplinary activity systems (for example, lab reports or philosophy essays) should be taught within the classrooms where those genres mediate meaningful work and learning. Genres or "modes" will not be taught acontextually in ENC1101 and ENC1102
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