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ENGL-101-57002 - English Composition - Nicole Hoelle

Course:English Composition
Professor:Nicole Hoelle
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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I have been teaching for a total of sixteen years, and a total of six at COC. I have taught English 101, 102, Creative Writing, Theatre Arts, Speech Communications and all levels of ESL. 101 is the class that I have taught most often, and, so, am constantly refining and changing it. I am the instructor, but am also a facilitator, and believe strongly in collaborative work. When we all work together, and do our part, and bring questions, or ideas to the table, it is a rich experience. 

Course Description

English and, specifically, English 101 is an amazingly diverse course. In here, we cover writing skills of all types, including writing style, grammar, structure, and tools for essay-writing. We cover logic, and ways of constructing a valid and persuasive argument. We get into the use of emotion in writing, and in reading. We analyze a range of texts including news articles, personal essays, persuasive essays, fiction, and even blog posts and poems. We also analyze visual materials and arguments. We discuss, debate issues. We learn vocabulary. We find out about essay-formatting and conducting research. The ultimate goal here is to write solid, engaging, organized and persuasive essays, and to read with attention, focus, engagement and an open and analytical mind. 

What to Expect in this Course

We will meet twice weekly on Zoom. Students will complete some assignments before class that we will go over in class. Then, they might complete some assignments in class as well. Expect to read about four pieces (articles, opinion pieces, narrative essays, academic essays, or instructional materials) each week, and/or to read at least fifteen pages from the textbook each week. Expect to write responses to all the readings in the form of journaling, or one to two page responses on a weekly basis. In addition, you will write and rewrite four essays in the course of the semester. There will be a research component of the semester too, when you will be expected to spend several hours compiling research on a topic of your choice. 

Types of Assessments

You will be graded on discussions, debates, responses to reading materials, occasional quizzes, and, most importantly, full-length essays. 

Textbook Information

Textbook is Norton Field Guide to Writing, 5th edition, edited by Richard Bullock. It is the one with a light blue cover. You may purchase it in the bookstore, online, rent a copy, purchase an e-book, or, for the first couple of weeks, use this online version.

Other Relevant Course Information

Attendance at the first two classes is required in order to keep your spot in the class. 

Additional Resources


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Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

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You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

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Last updated: 08/23/2021 Sub#: 577