By telling the reader she herself is a professor of an FYC course and a

By telling the reader she herself is a professor of

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in the introduction where she introduces herself and states her credentials. By telling the reader she herself is a professor of an FYC course, and a director of The West Virginia University writing center, she gives the reader information on her qualifications. Knowledge of the author’s career and experience with the subject gives her credibility. Also, by using including the experiences of former students, she lends herself credibility and supports her arguments that FYC courses hold far deeper value than mere college credit. Corcoran also cites organizations such as The National Commission on Writing for America’s Families, Schools, and Colleges. Citing well known organizations makes Corcoran’s readers trust in her argument. By stating her credentials, referring to experiences of former students, and citing well known organizations, Corcoran appeals to the reader’s ethos and therefore makes a stronger argument. Nathalie Singh-Corcoran used various techniques to not only explain her argument but do it in a strong and effective manner. Corcoran was aware of the primary audience of her work and therefore, referred to explanations and experiences that would be of importance to the reader. Corcoran also structured the essay in a simple, yet effective style that was suited for the audience of the essay. Lastly, Corcoran appealed to the ethos of the reader to demonstrate her credibility
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and support her argument. All in all, the strategies, even if not at first glance apparent, make Corcoran's argument supporting the applicability and importance of FYC courses strong and effective.
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