First-Year Writing Courses (W1)
Our First-Year Writing courses comprise a range of writing-rich courses in a variety of subject areas and topics. These courses are designed to introduce students to the rigorous culture of writing at Colby and provide practice with expository writing, careful reading, and conceptual analysis. W1 courses introduce students to the processes, skills, and critical thinking tools that they will need as writers throughout their college career. To that end, W1 courses share several features:
- strong emphasis on drafting, argument development, and revision;
- close focus on individual writing skills and needs;
- required writing in a variety of forms;
- frequent professor and peer feedback;
- exploration of the ethical, critical, and formal expectations for written work in college.
All students, with the exception of incoming transfer students who have fulfilled an approved, equivalent course, must take a W1 course during their first year. Enrollment limited to 16. Some courses may also satisfy major or other distribution requirements.
- W1 Common Understandings for faculty
- W1 student learning objectives
- Spring 2014: First-Year Writing course descriptions
Upper-Level, Writing-Intensive Courses (W2 and W3)
Upper-level, writing-intensive courses at Colby introduce students to more field-specific writing and research practices and use writing to investigate issues in the disciplines. Courses will be small (capped at 18). Though courses will vary from department to department, writing-intensive courses will share common learning goals. Students in these courses will be expected to:
- write regularly throughout the semester,
- discuss their writing in class and with peers,
- revise their work in response to feedback from their professors and peers, and
- learn about the purposes, forms, and conventions of writing in the field of study.
W2 & W3 Guidelines (proposed W2 and W3 Common Understandings)
Courses Offered Through the Farnham Writers’ Center
English 112 Writers’ Workshop: For any student who wants extra work in writing. Taken in conjunction with English 115 or with a writing-emphasis course in another department in any level. Meets as an individual tutorial in the Writers’ Center. Each student must meet with the tutor for at least 10 sessions during the semester. The goal is for the students to improve their writing, and the expected outcome is that they will complete the course with improved skills in grammar and essay writing. Nongraded. 1 credit HARRINGTON, SHERIFF
English 214 Tutoring Writing: A training course for writing tutors. Assignments include writing, readings, grammar lessons, mock tutorials, and actual supervised tutorials to prepare enrolled students to help their peers improve as writers. Combines theories of writing center pedagogy with tutoring practice. Students completing the course may apply for work-study positions in the Writers’ Center. 4 credits HARRINGTON, CHAMPOUX