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English Composition I

English Composition I

Sophia's English Composition I course takes you through the stages of the writing process, from brainstorming and drafting through revision and proofreading. Students will strengthen their writing skills and become more engaged readers and stronger critical thinkers. Full Description

  • Guaranteed Credit Transfer to ABTU
  • 3 semester credits at ABTU
  • ABTU Equivalency: GEC-100 – Basic English and Composition
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English Composition I

Sophia's English Composition I course takes you through the stages of the writing process, from brainstorming and drafting through revision and proofreading. Students will strengthen their writing skills and become stronger critical thinkers.

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You'll complete 13 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes), 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests), and 4 Touchstone assessments (these are like written assignments) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • Understand the basic elements and goals of English composition
  • Write effective sentences and paragraphs
  • Employ proper grammar, punctuation, and mechanics usage
  • Articulate the stages of the writing process
  • Apply writing and revising techniques to narrative, comparison/contrast, informative, and argumentative essays


69 Student Reviews
by Deborah M. on February 24, 2020
I was so terrified when I started this course. I was not sure I would be able to write an essay since it has been over 30 years since doing so. This course is designed to teach you how to write effective essays in clear simple language. The milestones have some tricky wording so just re-read the questions before answering. My suggestion to anyone starting this class is to open the Touchstone when you start each unit and begin your outline right away. Use the information from the unit to make adaption to your draft as you go. Once you finish the milestone and submit the essay, move onto the next unit and do the same thing. It really helped me put the concepts into perspective. It can take a week or so to get the graded essay back so just keep working on the next one while you wait. Laura was great and provided a lot of helpful feedback. Overall this was a great course and I found that I really enjoy writing and did pretty well at it.!
by Jenny F. on February 19, 2020
The course was difficult when it comes to essays and Unit 4 and 5 was really difficult even though it was an open book test. Otherwise all are well and awesome course still.
by Sebastien C. on February 5, 2020
really nice easy course
by John T. on February 5, 2020
Please read all of this review to see why I gave it 3 stars! One on hand I want to give it 5 stars, and on the other I could score it 1 star: There were parts of the instruction which even with taking essentially an open book test, I was failing to answer correctly due to some cryptic phrasing and the like. This drove me nuts! BUT, On the other hand, the touchstone essays I had to write, while a challenge for me, were graded by a Fantastic Instructor! His feedback and insights really made me feel like digging in and trying much harder to get a better result for each of the 5 papers you will write. Thus, my final rating of three stars. YES! I would recommend this course if you have any interest in improving your written communication skills. My final score was 91%
by Zaundria C. on February 1, 2020
My English 100 course with Sophia was great. It was fun, and I learned so much. The best part were the Challenges because I was able to download the .pdf documents to read and study offline. The entire experience was awesome because it fit 'my' schedule. I plan to take as many Sophia course as I can.
by Kindall S. on January 31, 2020
It was an awesome class
by Jeffery A. on January 23, 2020
Very challenging course, considering there was not an instructor. Glad I was able to complete the course with a passing grade.
by Josephine W. on January 23, 2020
The class was so enlightening. I thoroughly received so much from the tutorials, the educators brought enthusiasm to their teaching, which definitely helped in the concept of learned. I didn't think I could write but I can. I can write work-related matters, but now I can really write. Thank you. Next up Engl 215. Thank you!!


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  • Q: How am I graded in the course?

    A: Sophia courses are graded on a pass/fail basis, with 70% overall required to pass the course. Your score is based upon points earned in the formative assessments ("Challenges"), summative assessments ("Milestones"), and if applicable, the authentic assessments ("Touchstones"). Currently, our Foundations of English Composition, English Composition I, and Public Speaking courses contain Touchstones.

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