This course is designed to focus on elevating all of your communication skills – writing, conversing, and corresponding – by stimulating the exploration of your creative mind-set. We will tap into your innovative, thoughtful, intelligent, and humorous potential. The real (maybe hidden) you: eloquently expressive, sublimely jubilant, sagely introspective, and outrageously fecund. My goals are to enrich and empower your communication abilities, enabling you to correspond and articulate fluently and expressively. With panache! To enjoy the art – and enormous fun – of communication. (1 credit)
Note: This course duplicates our COM 113 course. Students can only earn credit for one or the other. Credit cannot be earned for both courses.
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Examine in essay and conversational form – your innovative, thoughtful, intelligent, humorous and creative communication skills: writing, speaking, advising, advocating, debating, negotiating (how to gently convince your spouse/child/friend that they should wash the dishes), encouraging, empathizing, and laughing.
- Illustrate creative and thoughtful thinking, conversing, and writing, by exploring your imaginative abilities, helping to empower you verbally, and urging you to express your individual cultural experiences in essays and conversation in a more effective (sincere, persuasive and humorous) manner.
- Demonstrate your writing and conversational skills, thereby enabling you to articulate with more precision.
- Discover how language influences and how it will cultivate contentment, joy, empathy and bonhomie. How a strong vocabulary is a powerful tool – and words matter.
- Demonstrate the power of laughter: stupid puns, silly jokes, clever quips and outlandish pranks (some gone sour – see Domino’s Pizza). Humor is a palliative.
- Analyze the influence (sometimes pernicious) of social media (crises created by loose words, sloppy postings, images, videos: Jet Blue, Walmart).
- Acquire and realize a more inspired, sanguine, confident, literate (perhaps urbane), and knowledgeable mindset – and, hopefully, radiate even more happiness and kindness in all forms of your communication.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1- 5)
Vocabulary List (Weeks 1-5)
Weekly Essays (Weeks 1-5)
Video Conference (Week 3)
Final Exam (Week 5)
- This course uses Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are openly licensed, educational resources that can be used for teaching, learning and research. OER may consist of a variety of resources such as textbooks, videos and software that are no cost for students.
Readings and Exercises
Topics: Writing and Storytelling
Topics: Figures of Speech, Creativity, and the Power of Language
Topics: Happiness and Laughter – Joy and Humor
Topic: Social Media – Does it Help or Hinder?
Topics: Kindness and Conflict – Negotiation, Reconciliation
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.