ENG 111/9 (Section 91)

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Instructor: Dr. Diane Thompson



This course is NOT on Blackboard, but it does use the Blackboard Forums.  Go to the Blackboard Start page to learn how to get your email address and your password to log on to the Blackboard forums. All students must now use their college email accounts; due to new Federal Privacy Laws, I can only write to you using those accounts.

I send an email grade for each task as soon as I read and respond to the task. If you are not receiving my email grades, you have an email problem. Call the NVCC Help Desk at 703-426-4141 for help with your email. 

Begin by reading through Unit 1. The four Units contain all the course assignments and detailed directions for how to do them. Complete each Unit before going on to the next one. Allow a month for each Unit. You have four months from your enrollment date to complete the course.

You will receive your own enrollment date from ELI and will need to keep track of your own schedule using the My Schedule form. Your end date is 16 weeks after your enrollment date, which may or may not be at the end of a regular NVCC semester. 

To see a list of all the tasks for the course, go to the My Schedule form.

There are various resources linked below that you may find useful during the course.

Course Contents

Writing Resources

Diana Hacker: Companion Web Site

Smarthinking  Free online tutoring for students in this course.  One-on-one training and online help for course work. Once you’ve used the site, please send a copy of your session to your instructor.


Search Engines

Library and Other Resources


(c) Diane Thompson:12/24/1998; updated: 02/04/2010