Modified Approaches to Teaching ENGL1105 and ENGL1106 – Spring 2020 Semester

Dear colleagues,

As follow-up to President Tim Sands’ message late this afternoon about Virginia Tech extending spring break through March 23, discontinuing face-to-face classes for the remainder of the semester, and shifting classes online, I am writing to share with you a guiding document the Composition Program Leadership Team has prepared to assist with making appropriate changes to section(s) of ENGL1105 or ENGL1106. The complete document, “Modified Approaches to Teaching ENGL1105 and ENGL1106 – Spring 2020 Semester,” is available online at We are asking everyone teaching ENGL1105 and/or ENGL1106 to read the document in the coming days. In it, you will find suggestions and guidance for modifying approaches to composition instruction with the goals of being flexible, supportive, clear about assignments and deadlines, and, above all, responsive to students. 

Please let me, Julie Mengert, or Steve Oakey know if you have any questions or concerns about the guiding document or about anything else related to your teaching of composition this semester.

All the best,


Derek N. Mueller
Associate Professor
Director of Composition
Department of English
Virginia Tech