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English Composition II

English Composition II

Sophia's English Composition II course is designed to build upon the concepts taught in English Composition I by focusing on a research perspective. In this course, you will be introduced to proper research techniques for academic writing and will practice navigating the steps of the research process, beginning with a research question and culminating in a final 6-8 page argumentative research essay. Full Description

  • Accepted for Credit Transfer by Wilberforce University
  • 3 semester credits at Wilberforce University
  • Wilberforce University Equivalency: ENGL 112 Literary Studies and Writing Research

Category: Communication

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Description

English Composition II

Course Description
Sophia's English Composition II course is designed to build upon the concepts taught in English Composition I by focusing on a research perspective. In this course, you will be introduced to proper research techniques for academic writing and will practice navigating the steps of the research process, beginning with a research question and culminating in a final 6-8 page argumentative research essay. Additionally, you will gain experience interacting with and evaluating scholarly research sources outside of those chosen for your final essay.

Assessments and Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 9 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 7 Touchstone assessments (these are writing assignments) with an overall score of 70% or better. 

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

  • Apply the basics of research writing
  • Develop effective research questions and thesis statements
  • Evaluate the types and quality of sources
  • Engage in meaningful analysis of research
  • Apply the principles and techniques of argumentative writing
  • Structure research essays effectively
  • Integrate research according to citation conventions
  • Improve rough drafts using revising and editing skills
  • Polish final drafts using proofreading skills

Sophia's Many Ways™
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference. 

        by JENNIFER R. on April 10, 2021
        The course itself is fine, not difficult but still helpful enough to be worth doing. The problem comes with the papers being graded. It takes at least a week for a paper to be returned and a different person grades it every time. There should be a set standard of grading (there is a rubric) however every person had their own opinion about my writing, which had little to do with the rubric. Also, there was much contradictory "advice" and no way to contact an instructor or in this case the grader. For the final, there should be consistency with who grades the first draft and then the final draft. How can you grade on improvement without seeing the original?
        by Sergio U. on April 8, 2021
        The grading was extremely harsh. I know my work wasn't perfect, but I received failing grades on multiple assignments that I put sincere effort into after completing the section readings and studying the sample work provided. Some of the comments left on my assignments made me wonder if the grader even read my work. All in all I learned about research but am left extremely discouraged by the senseless grading.
        by Ayanna M. on April 8, 2021
        Opened my eyes to the improvements I needed on my writing skills!
        by Melanie F. on April 7, 2021
        This course was very challenging but also offered support and feedback from the instructors grading my papers. I learned many new topics that I will use going forward with my education.
        by David E. on April 7, 2021
        I was nervous to take this class because of the reviews. I decided to take it anyway because as a transfer it pass or fail vs a letter grade on a class I'm not sure of. I buckled down and treated it like it was a hard college course. I did very well scoring an 87. Don't be afraid of this class, just be ready to do the work and prepare for the time. If I can do it you definitely can.
        by Nyree H. on April 7, 2021
        Grading takes awhile, make sure to start the assignments promptly and submit as soon possible. Also, utilize the tutorials and grading responses while progressing through the next writing assignments.
        by David G. on April 7, 2021
        Course was all over due to all the different people grading. In writing everyone has different expectations and it felt like I did one thing wrong with one and did it correct with another.
        by Jessica R. on April 6, 2021
        Would 100% recommend got my essay is great it quickly

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          A: The Free Trial allows you to access the course of your choice, or multiple courses. It gives you access to the first unit ("Challenge 1") in the course. This will let you meet the course instructors, sample the instructional content, and answer a set of assessment questions in the Challenge. You can also read the Student Guide and watch an Orientation Video to learn more about the course format, requirements, and resources.

          Any work you complete in the Free Trial is saved, so if you decide to register, you do not need to repeat it. Of course, we also let you reset it and start over if you wish.

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          A: Sophia is not a college or university and is not eligible for financial aid, military benefits, or other third-party payments. A Sophia membership is considered an out-of-pocket educational expense.

        • Q: When do the courses start and how long do I have to complete a course?

          A: You choose your own course start date and have 60 days from your chosen start date to complete each course. Sophia courses are self-paced, so many students complete a course in less than 60 days.

        • Q: Where do I get the textbooks for my course?

          A: You do not need any textbooks for Sophia courses. All material is taught by video and text-based tutorials that are in the courseroom, and are included as part of a Sophia membership.

        • 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.

        • Q: How do I know which courses I should take?

          A: Consult with your academic adviser at your university to determine specifically which Sophia courses could fit into your program. You can download the course syllabus directly from our site to share with your school advisor.

        • Q: Are the tests proctored?

          A: Sophia courses utilize keyboard biometrics as an alternative to proctoring. No webcam is needed for a Sophia course.

        • Q: I'm taking a course where I have to submit Touchstones. How long does it take for my Touchstone to be graded once it's submitted?

          A: We provide our faculty graders with up to 7 business days to grade a Touchstone. The actual time may vary based on volume and grader capacity.