Written Communication courses at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) include the developmental, pre-college courses (ENGL 093 and ENGL 099), and the generally transferable, college-level courses (ENGL&101, ENGL&102, and ENGL&235), to help LWTech students strengthen skills ranging from basic sentence structure to research and the academic essay. Students who complete English 101—a college transferrable course—early in their college career acquire foundations necessary to college and career success:
Other college instructors may assign research and writing assignments with the expectation that students have already taken English classes to learn these skills.
Curriculum and teaching style vary from instructor to instructor, but many classes give students opportunities to write about topics related to their technical programs or to personal interests. Our Written Communication Department classes emphasize writing as a process from initial idea to finished product. Students often get time during class to work on drafting papers or to share drafts with peers. As part of their writing process, students are strongly encouraged to work with tutors in the Learning Lab (East Building, E214) or Supplemental Instruction (Technology Center, T217).
When I came to LWTech I was dreading the English 101 class slated for my first quarter. I grew up dragging my feet through all of my English classes and I had zero confidence in my ability to write well. English 101 fostered my growth and brought out a genuine interest in writing to make it an asset instead of a burden. Through this class, I discovered a new love for written communication and expression.
LWTech English courses became a good strong base for my following education. After completing the I-BEST program, I can say that I understand my instructors and the educational materials of my current program better. This allows me to study more easily and successfully. Now, I feel myself more confident in writing and speaking to my instructors and classmates. Also "General Psychology" and "Interpersonal communications" courses, which were a part of I-BEST program, gave me a better understanding of American society, human development and interpersonal communications in general. Writing essays and preparing PowerPoint presentations also were useful experiences for my following studies.
“With the writing skills I learned in English class, I have been able to improve in every class I take. Being able to form better paragraphs and sentences in general is a huge help in college and in life afterward. Taking your English classes early can give you a huge step up in all future classes.”
-Cole Anderson (graduating 2021)
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