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ENGL 106  |  ENGL 106-I  |  ENGL106-R  |  ENGL 106-Y  |  ENGL 108  |  ENGL 304

English 106

There are several versions of English 106.  All have the same outcomes and are taught by the same staff -- Department of English instructors and graduate students trained extensively in teaching writing.

ENGL 10600, First-Year Composition

ENGL 10600 is the standard 4-credit hour composition course for students at Purdue. Students in the course produce between 7,500-11,500 words of polished writing (or 15,000-22,000 total words, including drafts) or the equivalent. Some of this text production will be done using multimedia, and some of it may be composed in short assignments. Writing topics will be closely tied to the course’s theme or approach, and may include personal experiences as well as research-based arguments. Students may also be asked to write on topics that are related to their major fields of study.

ENGL 10600 often includes different types of research directed toward a final project reflecting the expertise students have gained over the semester. Students often explore multiple topics and rhetorical contexts, and produce and analyze digital media environments. So instructors may use planning assignments in order to help students discover and explore a topic, angle, or audience. Students will also spend time reading and discussing writing of their own, their peers, and professionals. Instructors may accomplish this through in-class review sessions or in weekly or bi-weekly conferences. Additionally, instructors may select outside readings related to the theme of the class or readings that are similar in purpose to the writing they expect students to do.

ENGL 10600-A, First-Year Composition

A very small number of English 10600 sections have an “A” suffix. These sections are identical to English 10600.

ENGL 10600-I##, First-Year Composition, International Sections

Some sections of ENGL 10600 are offered for non-native speakers of English only; these courses are designated in the section numbers: ENGL 10600-I## where the “I” indicates “International” and ## indicates the rest of the section number. These sections of first-year composition fulfill the same requirements and are similar to other sections of ENGL 10600 in aim, content, and structure. They differ in that curricula are designed for and the instructors are carefully prepared to meet the unique cultural and linguistic needs of second-language writers. As a result, English 106–I is not a suitable course for native speakers of English.

For more information about any of the English courses for non-native speakers, please contact Harris Bras, Coordinator of ESL Composition by email (

Note: ENGL 62000 and ENGL 62100, also ESL courses, are for graduate students only.

ENGL 10600-R##, First-Year Composition: Learning Community

Some sections of ENGL 10600 are offered as part of a Learning Community. These courses are designated with an R in the section numbers: ENGL 10600-R##. All ENGL 10600 instructors use the same goals, means, and outcomes when teaching learning community courses. The only difference is the added LC experience. For more information on the Learning Communities, please visit their website.

Learning community courses are only offered in Fall semesters.

ENGL 106Y, First-Year Composition: Online

We are currently expanding our online options. Learn more about online English 106 (106Y).

Sample Syllabi from Fall 2018:

ENGL 10800, Accelerated First-Year Composition

ENGL 10800 is an accelerated composition course that, like ENGL 10600, satisfies the Written Communication and Information Literacy requirements of the university core. As in ENGL 10600, students should expect to produce approximately 7,500-11,500 words of polished writing (or 15,000-22,000 words, including drafts). Some of this text production may be done using multimedia, and some of it may be composed in short assignments.

Because it meets two or three times a week, without the regular instructor-student conferencing sessions of ENGL 10600, student success in English 10800 requires (a) more self-efficacy and self-regulation; (b) strong writing skills and/or prior writing experiences, and/or (c) the focused content provided by learning communities.

There are three versions of ENGL 10800:

  • ENGL 10800, Accelerated First-Year Composition: The standard version of ENGL 10800. Some sections are taught by English faculty.
  • ENGL 10800-S, Accelerated First-Year Composition: Engaging in Public Discourse: In the sections of ENGL 10800 tagged with an “S,” students work with public writing and community service and can expect to engage in some local community activities outside the classroom. This is an excellent course for students interested in pre-med, nursing, health care, social services, political science, or any career that involves service to others.
  • ENGL 10800-R, Accelerated First-Year Composition: Learning Community: ENGL 10800 sections tagged with an “R” are used by select Learning Communities where a 4-credit hour course would be difficult to schedule and where content is tightly focused, facilitating acceleration. See above for details

All versions of ENGL 10800 are acceptable for students who have transferred ENGL 10100 to Purdue and who still need to complete a composition requirement for their program or core.

Sample syllabi from Fall 2018:

ENGL 30400, Advanced Composition

ENGL 30400 is a composition course designed for students with college writing experience who are looking for an advanced wrting course. It focuses on non-fictional, non-narrative composition. The course includes readings and class discussions of rhetorical theories, principles, and models. Students can expect to learn about writing conventions in their own disciplines through reading and writing assignments that require analysis and research. Students can also expect to gain extensive practice in stylistic and content revision. Prerequisite: completion of the WC requirement.

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