Introduction to College English

To pass any English 101 course at Dawson College, students must demonstrate the following abilities:


  • Recognizing major literary genres: poetry, drama, fiction and essay
  • Recognizing rudimentary elements of literature: character, setting, plot, tone and theme
  • Recognizing basic elements of literary language: connotation vs. denotation, figures of speech
  • Identifying the thesis of an expository text
  • Recognizing basic patterns of argument, development in an expository text


  • Using a dictionary to find definitions and correct spelling in the context of the preparation of assignments and essays
  • Using a handbook to clarify questions of grammar and mechanics
  • Writing sentences free of structural flaws
  • Constructing coherent paragraphs, using the form of topic sentence, body, transition
  • Constructing a thesis relevant to a primary literary text
  • Organizing logical support for a thesis, using outlining, clustering, brainstorming, etc.
  • Writing an essay that introduces and supports a thesis (i.e. is not just a summary), demonstrates logical development and a tone appropriate to argument and analysis at the college level, integrates quotations from a primary text, and follows MLA rules for format documentation.

Please note that not all the courses listed below are offered every term:

Course Number Course Name C - L - H Hrs
603-101-MQ Cosmic Pessimism: Thinking Beyond the World-for-Us  2 - 2 - 4 60 
603-101-MQ Effective Reading and Writing  2 - 2 - 4 60 
603-101-MQ Introduction to College English  2 - 2 - 4 60 
603-101-MQ Introduction to College English: Journeys English  2 - 2 - 4 60 
603-101-MQ Story of Us  2 - 2 - 4 60 
603-101-MQ Writing English  2 - 2 - 4 60 
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Last Modified: July 28, 2014