English

 

Why study English?

The study of English is recognized as a foundation for every kind of intellectual work and study. For this reason, every Memorial University student is required to take at least three credit hours in English. The first-year English program offers students the opportunity to enrich their experience of literature and the English language through the close reading and study of selected texts, including poetry, drama, fiction, and non-fiction. The program emphasizes critical reading, critical thinking, and essay writing. Students become more familiar with the strategies of writing analytical essays in response to selected texts. Written assignments are set frequently and students are expected to pay close attention to their instructors’ suggestions for improving content, organization, and expression.

Non-native speakers entering Memorial University will be tested by the Department of English and placed in one of the following courses: English 1080, English 1000, English 1020 or English 102F.

Courses available in first year

English 1000
Critical Reading and Writing in Prose Forms (available only at Grenfell Campus) is an introduction to the essay, short fiction, and the novel. Emphasis is placed on critical reading and thinking strategies; composition of essays, including use of quotations and documentation, revision and editing; and literary analysis.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None

English 1001
Critical Reading and Writing in Poetry and Drama (available only at Grenfell Campus) builds upon the essay writing and critical analytical strategies begun in English 1000. Emphasis is placed on developing composition skills in essay writing, conducting research, and examining the genres of poetry and drama.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: English 1000 or equivalent

English 1090
Critical Reading and Writing: Telling Stories focuses on the language we encounter in our reading and use to record our reading experiences. Emphasis is placed on critical reading and writing: analyzing texts, framing and using questions, constructing essays, organizing paragraphs, conducting research, quoting and documenting, revising and editing. All sections of this course follow CRW guidelines for the Bachelor of Arts available at www.mun.ca/hss/crw.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None
Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of 1000, 1090 or the former 1080.

English 1191
Critical Reading and Writing: Self and Society studies a variety of texts that explore the interaction between individual desires and social identities. Building on foundational critical reading and writing skills acquired in English 1090, students gain further experience with analyzing texts, framing and using questions, constructing essays, organizing paragraphs, conducting research, quoting and documenting, revising and editing. All sections of this course follow CRW guidelines for the Bachelor of Arts available at www.mun.ca/hss/crw.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: English 1000 or 1020 or 1030 or 1090 or the former 1080
Notes:

  1. Credit may be obtained for only one of 1110, 1191 and the former 1101, 1102, 1103.
  2. Bachelor of Arts students should normally choose their second CRW course from a discipline listed in the Breadth of Knowledge Requirement, unless they pursue a major or minor in English.  

English 1192
Critical Reading and Writing: Imagined Places studies a variety of texts that explore imaginary (or imaginatively reconstructed) places and the responses of the humans who inhabit them. Building on foundational critical reading and writing skills acquired in English 1090, students gain further experience with analyzing texts, framing and using questions, constructing essays, organizing paragraphs, conducting research, quoting and documenting, revising and editing. All sections of this course follow CRW guidelines for the Bachelor of Arts available at www.mun.ca/hss/crw.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: 1000 or 1020 or 1030 or 1090 or the former 1080
Notes:

  1. Credit may be obtained for only one of 1110, 1192 and the former 1101, 1102, 1103.
  2. Bachelor of Arts students should normally choose their second CRW course from a discipline listed in the Breadth of Knowledge Requirement, unless they pursue a major or minor in English.

English 1193
Critical Reading and Writing: Ways of Reading focuses on the process of reading, on specific strategies and approaches that we take in our encounters with texts and on the ways we report those encounters. Building on foundational critical reading and writing skills acquired in English 1090, students gain further experience analyzing texts, framing and using questions, constructing essays, organizing paragraphs, conducting research, quoting and documenting, revising and editing. All sections of this course follow CRW guidelines for the Bachelor of Arts available at www.mun.ca/hss/crw.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: English 1000 or 1020 or 1030 or 1090 or the former 1080
Notes:

  1. Credit may be obtained for only one of 1110, 1193 and the former 1101, 1102, and 1103.
  2. Bachelor of Arts students should normally choose their second CRW course from a discipline listed in the Breadth of Knowledge Requirement, unless they pursue a major or minor in English.

English 1110
Critical Reading and Writing in Rhetoric is an examination of prose texts such as essays, articles and reviews. Students write for different purposes and audiences. Emphasis is placed on critical reading and writing: analyzing texts, framing and using questions, constructing essays, organizing paragraphs, conducting research, quoting and documenting, revising and editing. All sections of this course follow Critical Reading and Writing Course Guidelines available at www.mun.ca/hss/crw and build on foundational CRW content delivered in English 1090.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: English 1000, 1090, or the former 1080
Notes:

  1. Credit may be obtained for only one of English 1020 and 1110.
  2. All students entering the Faculty of Business undergraduate programs must have successfully completed English 1110 or English 1021. 


Notes:

  1. Except for the purposes of fulfilling a CRW requirement, students may not receive credit for more than 6 credit hours in first-year courses in English (this includes unspecified first-year transfer credits).
  2. For non-native speakers, English 1020 is a prerequisite for 1021, 1090, 1191, 1192 or 1193.
  3. Six credit hours in English at the 1000 level are a prerequisite for all English courses at the 2000 level or above. English 1090 or the former 1080 cannot be used as the prerequisite for 1020 or 1021.
  4. Students cannot receive credit for more than one of English 1000/1090 or the former 1080 or for more than one of 1001/1191/1192/1193/1110, or for English 1020 and 1110.
  5. Students may not be registered in 102F and another 1000-level course at the same time.  

Courses for students whose first language is not English:

English 1020
Writing for Second Language Students I is an introduction to the use of English with emphasis on composition for non-native English speaking students. This course is for students whose first language is not English and who have passed 102F or have attained a standard acceptable to the Department on the English Placement Test. Students who have passed English 1020 may take as their second English course one of English 1021, 1090, 1191, 1192, or 1193. Students completing this course may elect to use it with English 1021 to fulfill the Bachelor of Arts Language Study requirement.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: Admission to this course will be determined on the basis of the departmental English Placement Test or successful completion of English 102F
Notes:

  1. Students who successfully complete English 1020 may enter English 1021, 1090, 1191, 1192 or 1193. They may not enter English 1110.
  2. Students may not receive credit for more than six credit hours in first-year courses in English (this includes unspecified first-year transfer credits), except English 1020 and 1021 if they are used to fulfill the Bachelor of Arts Language Study requirement.

English 1021
Writing for Second Language Students II develops skills in reading and writing of academic English, with emphasis on research and writing syntheses from sources, for non-native English-speaking students.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: English 1020
Notes:

  1. Students completing this course may elect to use it with English 1020 to fulfill the Bachelor of Arts Language Study requirement.
  2. Students may not receive credit for more than six credit hours in first-year courses in English (this includes unspecified first-year transfer credits), except English 1020 and 1021 if they are used to fulfill the Bachelor of Arts Language Study requirement.
  3. One of English 1021 or English 1110 is required as the second semester first-year English course for entry into a Faculty of Business undergraduate program.

English 102F
Foundation English is a non-credit course designed for students whose first language is other than English and whose knowledge and use of English do not meet the standards for entry into the regular first-year English courses.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Laboratory: One hour per week
Notes:

  1. Except for the purposes of fulfilling a CRW requirement, students may not receive credit for more than 6 credit hours in first-year courses in English (this includes unspecified first-year transfer credits).
  2. For non-native speakers, English 1020 is a prerequisite for 1021, 1090, 1191, 1192 or 1193.
  3. Six credit hours in English at the 1000 level are a prerequisite for all English courses at the 2000 level or above. English 1090 or the former 1080 cannot be used as the prerequisite for 1020 or 1021.
  4. Students cannot receive credit for more than one of English 1000/1090 or the former 1080 or for more than one of 1001/1191/1192/1193/1110, or for English 1020 and 1110.
  5. Students may not be registered in 102F and another 1000-level course at the same time.

Sample program for first year

Sample program

Fall SemesterWinter Semester
English 1090English 1191, 1192, 1193 or 1110
language study (LS) courselanguage study (LS) course
quantitative reasoning (QR)coursequantitative reasoning (QR) course
minor program courseminor program course
electiveelective

 

 


For assistance with course selection, students should contact:
Academic Advising Centre, advice@mun.ca

 

Contact information

For additional information please contact:

St. John’s campus:
Dr. Jennifer Lokash
jlokash@mun.ca
www.mun.ca/english

Contact

Guide to First Year

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca