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The First-year Composition Program at UGA introduces 3,500-4,000 students a year to college-level academic writing. English 1101 is concerned with argumentative discourse, English 1102 with constructing academic arguments through literature. We also offer a wide range of special topics courses, online writing classes, and composition courses that are associated with the UGA Learning Communities or employ Reacting to the Past pedagogy. .

The capstone project for both courses is an electronic portfolio of student work generated through <emma>™, the department’s own Electronic Markup and Management Application. ePortfolios allow students to showcase their best work, to reflect upon their own writing practices, and to present their writing in a persuasive manner to a range of readers.

The UGA First-year Composition Program was a member of Cohort 2 of the Inter/National Coalition of Electronic Portfolio Research and in 2007 submitted a final report to that body. In 2010-2013, the FYC Program is participating in Cohort 6 of the Inter/National Coalition of Electronic Portfolio Research; the research topic is Assessment.


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Technical Support

The First-year Composition Program uses technology to help students master written communication. Among these tools is <emma>™. Students in need of help with <emma>™ or other related issues are encouraged to visit the FYC <emma>™ lab in room 117 of Park Hall. The lab isgenerally open 8:00-5:00 M-F. A member of the staff there will be available for your assistance during those times.

UGA Writing Center

For the first time, the Writing Center is open for appointments and drop-ins during Summer 2011. Check the UGA Writing Center Home Page for more information and times.