J.Y. HO, , B.A., M.A.

English, Language Arts


Phone: 619-818-3841

Office Hours : TBD

Location : TBD


ENG 103

 Course Description

This course is designed to develop critical thinking, reading and writing skills beyond the level achieved in ENG 100 C. The course will focus on the development of logical reasoning and analytical and argumentative writing skills.

Textbooks & Materials:

No Required Textbook: All the sources will be handouts/printouts, outside material, and your own research

Recommended Materials: A Collegiate dictionary & thesaurus (can be online)

OWL by Purdue University – website

Notebook/Binder with dividers


Pens/highlighters of different colors

Flashdrive / Email

Folder to keep all your work (portfolio)

MS WORD 2007 or higher


Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Generate and explicate original ideas on both enduring and contemporary topics

  • Support claims using logic and effective research

  • Apply critical thinking skills to both the reading and writing process

  • Identify and avoid using logical fallacies in both verbal and written discourse

  • Use MLA documentation both parenthetically and when creating a works cited page







My Teaching Philosophy:

I believe in collaborative, presentation, and discussion based learning rather than lecture based learning. In other words, a more active rather than passive approach to learning. This means that you will be actively engaging in group work and/or discussion. You will be responsible and accountable for each other’s success. I rely on you to come to class well-prepared and ready to contribute to a discussion during each class period. It is your responsibility to do the work, ask questions, and be prepared to be a critical thinker and to challenge your beliefs and assumptions in order to be a responsible citizen and contributor to our global society. You can expect me to be more of a guide and facilitator to your learning experience rather than dumping information into you. I believe in fostering your own ability to be self-learners rather than "school-fed" or "book-smart" learners. Hopefully, this will encourage you to be life-long leaners and alters the way you think about things rather than memorize and regurgitate information. Modeling after our arguably first original teacher Socrates, this class will place an emphasis on his teaching styles of Dialectics, Maieutics , and Socratic Irony.

Class Policies:

Attendance: The most important aspect of the class will be attendance. You are expected to attend class and be on time. You have 2 "free" absences, meaning that I don’t need to know why you were absent or where you were. There is no such thing as an excused absence. Any additional absences will affect your grade in a 10 point deduction. You will be dropped if you miss 6 total classes or if you miss 3 consecutive class periods. If you have a situation that produces poor attendance, it is your responsibility to discuss it with me before it becomes an issue. Poor attendance may also affect your participation grade. Similarly, tardiness can be annoying and disruptive; 3 tardies=1 absence. If you come in late, it is your responsibility to let me know you came and to mark you here instead of absent. If you miss a class session, it is your responsibility to get filled in by a classmate. I will not respond to emails that ask "I was absent, what did I miss?" If, after talking with a classmate, you still have specific questions, I will be happy to talk with you. In-class work, quizzes, homework, and journals you miss due to an absence cannot be made up. After

Homework: All homework must be typed and in MLA format. NO handwritten work will be accepted unless it’s classwork. If you are going to be absent you must email me the assignment before it’s due or have a classmate turn it in for you. Homework assignments are generally worth 10 points each unless stated otherwise.

Essays/revisions: You must turn in ALL essays to pass the class.

I expect all essays to be typed, double spaced, with 1 inch margins, in MLA format with proper headings, spell checked, and submitted to SafeAssign or Turnitin.com to check for plagiarism. To receive full credit, essays must be turned by the beginning of class on the due date listed on the class schedule. Late essays will be penalized by one letter grade for every day it is late. Essays more than 3 class sessions late will not be accepted.

**** If you know you are going to be absent the day an essay is due, make arrangements with me BEFORE to turn in essays or homework. If a personal disaster happens (car accident, alien abduction, etc) you may email me the essay or homework on 2 conditions: 1: The email is sent no later than the start of the class period. 2: A hard copy is turned into me the next time you see me. If I don’t have a hard copy in my hand by the next class period or the email is sent after the due date, the essay or homework is late and will be penalized. You can also give it to a classmate to turn it in for you

*** Every assignment you turn in that is more than a page must be stapled; I will not accept loose papers. However, if multiple assignments are due at the same time, do not staple every assignment together, keep the assignments separate.

Revisions: Revision is not simply a correction of grammar and mechanical errors. It is a serious, in depth expansion of the essay, in both scope and ideas. Every paper is kind of a process of revision; from brainstorming, to outlining, to writing, to editing, to revising, every paper is a work in progress. Please note that a revision that is not significantly different from the original will not receive a grade. All revisions must follow this procedure:

  • revisions are due one week after you receive your paper back

  • the revision must be significantly improved from the original both in content and mechanics

  • You must see a tutor at the writing center, or do a DLA at the ESC.

  • you must write a separate paper, typed and in MLA format, addressing your errors by showing me that you understand what you did wrong and what you did to fix it.

  • Order: Error correction paper, Revision, original final draft, subsequent drafts and prewriting

  • Your original grade cannot be lowered by your revision

Workshops: Writing workshops are part of the revision/editing process. Your work will be read by your classmates and they will make suggestions, edit, and discuss your essay with your group. One learning objective is to learn to consider and comment on your own and your classmates’ work. For this to be effective, you must have a significant portion of your essay completed to bring to the workshop; ideally, a complete draft. Anything less than 75% complete (2 ½ pages) will not be eligible for peer editing, you will be asked to leave and marked absent, and your final grade for that essay will be penalized one letter grade.

Participation and Behavior: You must be willing to participate in class discussions and maintain an open mind and respect for your classmates and myself. The more you contribute your opinions and voice to the class, the better participation grade you will receive. However, you must be considerate of others’ viewpoints. Pay close attention to what others have to say. I reserve the right to ask you to leave if your behavior is either disruptive or offensive. I reserve the right to ask you to leave if you aren’t adequately prepared for the day’s activities or if it is clear that you are not willing to participate. Please turn off and put away all cell phones, ipods, and laptops unless you have my permission to use them during class. No children, guests, pets, or sleeping are allowed during class. NO BOTTLED WATER. However, water bottles are acceptable.

Research: I am not requiring a new textbook; a significant portion of your learning will come from doing online and/or library research.

WEB-ENHANCED FEATURES: The syllabus, assignments and grades will be available to you online. If you are absent or lose the syllabus or assignments, you will need to go online to get another copy. You are also responsible for checking to see how your grade is in class at regular intervals—I would recommend checking it at least after each paper is returned to you with a grade.

If you have never used Blackboard (The SWC online course system) before, please see me for more information on how to access it.

Trigger Warning: "Offensive" Course Content

Some of the material that we will be reading may contain mature content or present viewpoints with which you do not agree or challenge your personal beliefs. . The purpose of engaging with such topics and perspectives is not to offend but rather to arouse curiosity and increase understanding of people and cultures that are different from our own, thereby leading to greater understanding of ourselves. Indeed, such intellectual endeavors are part of the purpose of college.

If you object to reading about, writing about, and discussing a wide range of perspectives on topics such as race, politics, sexuality, "drugs" and religion, it is suggested that you enroll in a different section of English 114. I may also at times use adult language. I apologize in advance if some of my language use might offend you. I assure you that any words that come out of my mouth will not be used in an offensive manner, but rather to emphasize a point.

understanding of ourselves. Indeed, such intellectual endeavors are part of the purpose of college.


Grade Distribution:

A: 900-1000

B: 800-899

C: 700-799

D: 600-699

F: 0-599








Grade in points

Research paper/presentation 250

Prospectus/Annotated Bibliography 50

Group Presentation (2) 50 ea = 100

Participation TBD

Final Portfolio /reflection 100

3 Essays 100 ea = 300

Vocab/In class assignments/

HW/Quizzes/ 300

Total = 1000 points



**** Extra Credit ***

I understand that there are a lot of assignments for this class and thus a lot of points. Throughout the semester you may have your ups and downs and points come and go rather arbitrarily. To make up for those down times or blunders I am providing extra credit opportunities. You have an option to attend either a spoken word/slam event, or a play, and write a one page review about the experience. You must provide evidence that you attended; a ticket stub will do. Up to 10 points each event, up to three max. There may be impromptu extra credit opportunities as the semester progresses.