Communication Arts I

Topics: Writing, Writing style, Writing process Pages: 55 (10474 words) Published: October 10, 2012
A d a m s S ta te U n i v e rsi t y

E x t e n d e d St u d i e s
Independent Study Course

ENG 101 – SECITON #686


Prepared by:
Ellen Simpson Novotny, M.A.
Adams State University
208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 3000
Alamosa, CO 81101
Fax: 719.587.7974 (must include instructor’s name)

©2012 Adams State University

Welcome to English 101!
My name is Ellen Simpson Novotny. I have been teaching English and Composition since 1990. When I completed my undergraduate degree and plunged into graduate classes, composition was the least of my academic interests. However, after years of teaching writing, I’ve come to enjoy the challenge of working with students of all variety of backgrounds, helping each individual grow in his or her writing skills. Improved writing skills are tangible, so both the student and teacher enjoy the rewards immediately, especially since quality writing skills link with success in almost any profession.

I grew up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. After studying at St. Norbert College in DePere, WI, (B.A.) and South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, (M.A.) I landed in Alamosa, CO. I taught high school English for 10 years. Currently, I work from home, exclusively for the ASU Extended Studies Office, allowing me flexibility to raise the children and manage the home. The best part about independent study is I am privileged to have taught writing students as young as 3rd grade and as ripened as 3rd generation.

I have a husband, two children, one mother/grandmother, and one dog in my family here. As a family, we like to hike, camp, fish, read, snowboard, bike, swim, garden, and travel. When I grow up, I would like to take striking pictures of the people and places I love. The English 101 course syllabus explains the requirements for each writing assignment, in detail. The textbook readings will further explain the links between various techniques, skills, and strategies. I suggest first skimming the reading material, so you are better able to discern overall content and how it links to your existing knowledge base. If necessary, a more studied reading and annotating session can offer in-depth explanation of the new writing concept. Enrollment in English 101 assumes basic writing skills, so I have not assigned any grammar study. However, the handbook A Writer’s Reference will assist you with many composition questions, so I recommend keeping it handy!

Please feel free to contact me. Ask a question. Make a statement. Say something interesting. Tell me why you liked or disliked a particular type of writing. You can reach me either through e-mail, fax, or postal mail.


Save work as a Word document and attach to an e-mail message. 719-587-7974
This fax serves all of Extended Studies, so include my name.

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E.S. Novotny
ASU Extended Studies
208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 3000
Alamosa, CO, 81101

Cell Phone:

If you must.
You may leave a message at any time. Please include your
number and appropriate calling times. Most of the time, I will not pick up a new number. After listening to voice mail, I will likely e-mail you. Please consider before calling that your lack of advance planning does not constitute an emergency on this side of the desk.

Your first “assignment” is to tell me a little bit about yourself. Write one or two paragraphs. Include how you got your name, one thing you would like to do someday (answering why is not necessary), the last time you had to write four sentences in a row – for any reason – why you are taking this course, one fear or concern you have about this course, what time frame we need...
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