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ENG 99


Introduction to Academic Writing




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Welcome to Eng 99!

I am glad to be working with you in this "Introduction to Academic Writing" 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 pages.



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 "Enter."

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 head start.  

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.  

The class 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 contact me?

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 you!

My easiest-to-remember email address  is "richard at jewell dot net."  (Convert this to regular email form: e.g.,  [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 web sites 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 Contact Richard.


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Updated 10 Jan. 2013




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First version of this website: August 2001.
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