Welcome, ENGL1302 students!

English 1302, Composition II.  If you have any questions about the course, please contact me at the following address:


Always give the course number in the subject box of your e-mail (example: ENGL1302 question)

A little about the course...

In this class you will write 3-5 formal writing assignments including at least one argumentative research essay.  These writing assignments will make up the bulk of your grade for the class.  All formal written work will be handed in through Turnitin.com. That makes it easier for both of us to keep track of assignments and for you to view my comments on your papers. You will also complete a number of in-class workshop assignments, which are typically due during class, as well as a number of out-of-class lab assignments that you will work on at your own pace.  There will also be a library scavenger hunt, at least one oral presentation, and a final exam in the class which will test your use of MLA Documentation and other important aspects of the class.

I encourage you to e-mail me whenever you have a question. Good communication is a key factor in your success in this course. You will need to e-mail me at the college address (rslavens@collin.edu) and always include your specific course and section number in the subject title of the e-mail. For your privacy's sake, make sure all emails you send to me are from your Cougarmail address.  I donít respond to emails from private email addresses such as gmail, yahoo, or hotmail.  I do not keep my class rolls with me at all times, and it adds significant time to my reply if I have to look up your course/section before I can access the information needed to answer your question.

How the course works:

Before each class meeting, you will need to complete the readings assigned on the schedule at the end of the Course Syllabus. In class, we will complete a number of workshop assignments related to reading and writing assignments.  Although I don't allow students to make up in-class work, there are usually a few extra workshop assignments to provide you the opportunity to miss one or two assignments if you have emergency scheduling conflicts during the semester.  The lab component is also an essential part of the course.  Lab activities include such things as Writing Center Conferences and Workshops, Library RAPS Sessions, Group Tutoring, Online Quizzes, and other activities related to the course.  You will complete all lab activities outside of class.

Texts you'll need:

Barnet & Bedau, Current Issues and Enduring Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking and Argument, with Readings, 10th ed.  ISBN:  9781457622601

Graff & Birkenstein, They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing, 3rd edition.  ISBN:  9780393935844

I look forward to working with you!

Ray Slavens, Ph.D.