The goal of the Writing and Communication Program is to turn students into savvy, sophisticated communicators who can work with the broad array of media found in the modern workplace. Our faculty teach these vital communication skills through a multimodal or WOVEN (Written, Oral, Visual, Electronic, and Nonverbal) approach. By working in a range of digital environments using a variety of software applications, students who successfully complete English 1101 and 1102 at Georgia Tech will be able to do these tasks:
- Create effective documents in various genre, modes, and media
- Engage in productive processes for planning, drafting, designing, and revising
- Deliver engaging presentions
- Produce appropriate and effective still and animated images
- Use sound effectively
- Work productively in meetings, groups, and teams
English 1101 and 1102
For most first-year students at Georgia Tech, their initial experiences with the Writing and Communication Program will be in two of their core courses: English 1101 and English 1102. The majority of Georgia Tech students take these courses in their first year, gaining a foundation for the work they will do in their other courses and in their careers. These courses introduce students to principles that, regardless of major or eventual career, provide a framework for successful communication by giving students opportunities to practice and hone their multimodal strategies in relation to issues and concerns in science and society.
In addition to English 1101 and English 1102, the Writing and Communication Program offers a third core course, LMC 3403, Technical Communication, which introduces third and fourth year students to basic skills and strategies necessary for effective communication in technical and scientific fields. We also offer discipline-specific and major-specific technical communication courses.
As part of its mission to foster communication across the curriculum and in the disciplines, Georgia Tech`s Writing and Communication Program offers special sections of its core courses: English 1101 and 1102 and LMC 3403. Special sections address the same objectives and outcomes as other sections but tailor themes and assignments to the concerns, controversies, and conventions of a specific discipline or sometimes to a combination of two disciplines.
The Writing and Communication Program`s linked courses enable students to work on projects under the supervision of instructors from their discipline as well as an instructor from the Writing and Communication Program. These courses foster creative partnerships between colleagues in different disciplines and give students the advantage of synergy in their learning.
Learning Support Courses in Reading and English
On a very limited scale, Georgia Tech admits students who have remarkable capabilities in some areas but do not meet the the Institute’s general requirements for admission in some academic areas. The Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia requires that BOR institutions provide learning support courses to serve students who are not prepared for Core Curriculum courses and need additional preparation.
The Writing and Communication Program at Georgia Tech supervises learning support courses in reading and English. Students who pass their learning support courses are eligible to re-take the appropriate CPE or COMPASS assessment test. Passing the CPE assessment test in reading and English enables students to enroll in an initial Core Curriculum course, English 1101.