Texas Tech University

First-Year Composition

Program Overview | Administrators | Distance Courses

Program Overview

Writing instruction is key to student retention and success in higher education. Students who take one or both First-Year Writing courses (ENGL 1301 and 1302) at Texas Tech receive both face-to-face and online writing instruction. This hybrid course sequence enables first-year students to reap the benefits of both types of instruction while offering students the most opportunities to practice and improve their writing skills. The hybrid delivery of the course also enables a more efficient allocation of instructional responsibilities. Some instructors work primarily with students in the classroom and one-on-one during office hours while others focus their efforts on responding to and evaluating student writing. Small groups of 4 to 6 instructors work with 6 to 8 sections of 1301 or 1302 students.

In the classroom, students meet once weekly with an instructor to learn and discuss aspects of rhetorical theory, academic writing, and research skills and strategies. They also work individually and in small groups on various assignments designed to help them apply what they have learned in their classroom discussions.

Online, students submit all writing for evaluation in a comprehensive, locally-designed, database-driven course management system.  Brief assignments are evaluated by one instructor, while major assignments are evaluated by two instructors with their two grades averaged.


Distance Courses

Semester-based distance learning ENGL 1301/1302 now available

The Department of English now offers a semester-based, distance learning option for its ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 courses. This option will enable students who have been admitted to Texas Tech and who want to get a head-start on their coursework to enroll in either ENGL 1301 or 1302 the summer before arriving on campus. Also, students who wish to take either course but cannot fit the course meeting time into their schedules may sign up for the distance option.

These semester-based courses begin in January, May, and August, at the beginning of the Spring, Summer I, and Fall terms. Faculty teaching these courses hold a Ph.D. and are experienced online teachers. The curriculum for these courses is identical to those of the onsite, hybrid ENGL 1301/1302, so that students may move seamlessly from one course into the next.