Welcome to Eng
I am glad to be
working with you in this "Introduction to
course. Check out all three columns on
this page to get started; then read or
thoroughly skim the other pages on the nativation bar above. If you have
questions, let me know! You can always
contact me by clicking on "Contact Richard" in
the upper-left corner of each of these web
What does Eng 99 involve?
Welcome to your Eng 99 course. What you see here is the Eng 99 home
page. From this page, you can click on other English 99 Web pages and related Web
pages for our course. Just simply point your cursor at wherever you want to go in
the table of links above, and click. Each English 99 Web page will have the same
table of links above. If you go outside of the English 99 course pages, you can
return by using your back arrow (upper-left corner of this screen), or by clicking on the
link that says "Home Page for All Courses," or by retyping the Web address that
originally got you here in the Web-address window above and then hitting
I'd like to personally welcome you to the course and tell you that I hope
you enjoy it. Most people who take this course from me learn to like writing a
little bit more--or at least to fear it or dislike it less. I hope the same happens
to you. I think you'll find many of the lessons helpful and interesting.
Please feel free to speak up and to get involved in class activities as actively as you
can. Being in English 99 is not a negative: in fact, surveys show in general that
people who pass an English 99 type of course--and then go on to their
first college-level writing class--tend to do better in that college-level
class, better, even, than the people who go directly into the college-level
class (without taking 99 first). So, in other words, English 99 gives you a
However, in order to get this strong benefit from English 99, you'll need
to work hard. I have designed the classes and assignments so that if you attend the
classes and do the work, you'll learn quite a bit; if you skip a lot of classes or
assignments, you will not learn enough to be ready for the standard first-year composition
course. So, I would like to ask you for your commitment now to work hard and attend
class regularly throughout this semester. If you do that, you will stand a very good
chance of passing this course and moving on to the next.
is described in the IHCC Course Catalog as follows: Eng 0099
Introduction to Academic Writing: 3 credits; 3
classroom hours/week.... Prepares students for college-level academic writing
through extensive practice with essay-length assignments. Students write
informed, thesis-driven essays in response to academic texts and develop
their understanding of grammatical rules. Intended for students whose
college assessment results suggest that further development of writing
skills would be beneficial.
Good luck to you in the class! If you need to contact me, just click
on the link called "Contact Richard," call me at home, 9 am-9 pm
(612-870-7024), or talk to me during my office hours or before or after class.
Who am I, and where can you
I have been teaching courses like this one for over twenty-five years, and I
still very much enjoy teaching them. In fact, college writing happens to be my
special field of English. I have published several articles in
academic journals and have made two or three dozen conference presentations
about the teaching of writing. I also have had over 100
publications of popular-magazine articles and fiction stories,
scholarly essays, photographs, and even a few poems in magazines and
journals. (Click here for my resume or a sample fiction story.)
As you can guess, I really love writing--and I love teaching writing, too.
If you ever have any questions, just ask me before or after class, email me,
come to my office, or call me at home. I look forward to working with
easiest-to-remember email address is "richard at jewell dot net."
(Convert this to regular email form: e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Why am I printing it this way? This is a public web site. And there are
software programs called "spiders" that automatically find email addresses on
and sell them to junk-email advertisers. I'm already receiving 400-600
junk emails per week (many of them - but not all - blocked). Printing my
email this way on a web page helps me avoid more junk email.]
My home phone number is 612-870-7024. Feel
free to call me 9 am-9 pm.
My office hours are listed on my B-136
office door. B-136 is in the "Business" building, and my office is in
the hallway behind the very first door on the right inside the main Business
building doors. For more info about contacting me, click here on
The Early Alert Program...
...is designed to promote student success
through communication between students, instructors, advisors and
counselors. Instructors may submit early alerts during the first,
fourth and twelfth weeks of class for students who are struggling
with assignments, test scores, participation, or attendance. Advisors and
counselors will then reach out to any alerted students with an email,
letter, and phone call. These communications will identify concerns related
to attendance and/or academic progress and will educate students about the
resources available to them as well as the steps they may take to improve