English 100 Essay #5

Responding to a Reading

Begin by reading "Engfish" by Ken Macrorie, along with the short comments before and after on the same webpage (available through Blackboard).

Your Writing Task:

Macrorie (along with Irene Clark and Michael Colson, the authors of those brief comments before and after) argues that Engfish, "the official language of the school," has been systematically taught by both teachers and textbooks, and that in this lifeless writing style, "the student cannot express truths that count for him."

In this final essay for English 100, respond to Macrorie, Clark, and Colson. Were you taught this institutional style by teachers and textbooks? If so, was that a bad thing? And (perhaps the most important question here) is "Engfish" really that far from the students' real voice? Perhaps their real voice is "pretentious, phony, and private," attempting to shut others out and provide as few details as possible.

Mechanical details:

Length: The equivalent of a four-page paper. A four-page paper should be between 1200 and 1440 words long, not counting title, your name, etc.

Format: Standard MLA format. (12-point Times Roman type, double-spaced, 1" margin all around, MLA header.)

Submitting the paper:

Due Dates

  1. Essay coherence exercise: Bring in a printed rough draft of your paper Monday, December 4, 2017.
  2. Final copy: Friday, December 8, 2017. Note: Late papers will not be accepted for this assignment!

This essay is worth 100 points.

The Final Deadline

Unless you are receiving an Incomplete, Friday, December 8 is the last date for submitting essays #1 through #5 for this course (originals or revisions). If you have not submitted all the assigned papers, I will assign the missing papers a zero and average your grade. Do not assume you can do a "fast and dirty" writing job and turn everything in during Exam Week. If you do that, you won't pass the course.