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English SLO Information

Drawing upon the work of the English Department SLO committee, the Carnegie Faculty Inquiry Group, and independent faculty contributions, a group of department faculty conceived these learning outcomes as the prototype for each of the courses listed below. They will be listed on the respective course outlines of record and presented to the Curriculum Committee for approval. At essence, these Student Learning Outcomes represent generally what students should learn in each of the classes, respectively, and they must be included in each instructor's class syllabi. How these outcomes are measured can be determined by a rubric, using the variations on the criteria of emergent, satisfactory, and good. Each year, teams of department faculty, each team focusing on one multi-section class, will convene to collect samples of student writing and to assess student performance of one or more SLOs for the class. For more information about how to employ SLOs or with questions, contact Dr. Frank Mixson, SLO coordinator, Prof. Lydia Alvarez, or the department chairperson.

English 15

  1. Students will employ the writing process in order to understand and complete the writing task.
  2. Students will write sentences, paragraphs, and short essays that have a specific purpose, in response to specific writing prompts and course assignments.
  3. Students will write paragraphs using specific details, examples, and illustrations to fulfill a purpose.
  4. Students will demonstrate appropriate critical thinking strategies in writing.
  5. Students will write in prose style characterized by clarity.
  6. Students will demonstrate conventions of standard written English.

English 20

  1. Students will employ the writing process in order to understand and complete the writing task.
  2. Students will write paragraphs and short essays that have a specific purpose, in response to specific writing prompts and course assignments.
  3. Students will write paragraphs using specific details, examples, and illustrations to fulfill a purpose.
  4. Students will demonstrate appropriate critical thinking strategies in writing.
  5. Students will write in prose style characterized by clarity and variety.
  6. Students will adhere to conventions of standard written English.

English 52

  1. Students will employ the writing process in order to understand and complete the writing task.
  2. Students will write an essay that has a specific purpose, in response to specific writing prompts and course assignments.
  3. Students will write a multi-paragraph essay with specific details, examples, and illustrations to fulfill a purpose.
  4. Students will demonstrate critical engagement with outside sources.
  5. Students will write in prose style characterized by clarity, complexity, and variety.
  6. Students will adhere to the conventions of standard written English.

English 100

  1. Students will employ the writing process in order to understand and complete the writing task.
  2. Students will write an essay that has a specific purpose, in response to specific writing prompts and course assignments.
  3. Students will write a multi-paragraph essay with specific details, examples, and illustrations to fulfill a purpose.
  4. Students will demonstrate critical engagement with outside sources.
  5. Students will write in prose style characterized by clarity, complexity, and variety.
  6. Students will adhere to the conventions of standard written English in accord with MLA style.

Critical/Argumentative Writing (English 101 and 103)

  1. Students will employ the writing process in order to understand and complete the writing task.
  2. Students will employ critical thinking concepts to evaluate arguments.
  3. Students will employ critical thinking concepts to write coherent, logical arguments.
  4. Students will demonstrate critical engagement with outside sources.
  5. Students will write in prose style characterized by clarity, complexity, and variety.
  6. Students will adhere to the conventions of standard written English, including MLA format.

Literature Survey (English 230A and B, English 246A and B, English 248A and B)

  1. Students will analyze contributions of major authors to the development of _______ literature.
  2. Students will identify prominent features of _______ cultures as depicted in __________ literature.
  3. Students will recognize literary, cultural, and historical influences on specific texts.
  4. Students will write critical analyses of literary works.
  5. Students will recognize and interpret the importance of literary periods and traditions.
  6. Students will identify aesthetic and technical components of genres in _______ literature.

Creative Writing (English 240 and 241)

  1. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills by analyzing and evaluating the work of other students, published work, and the student's own work.
  2. Students will recognize the distinguishing features of each of the three genres, short fiction, poetry, and drama, or of genres of screenplay.
  3. Students will create original works in at least one of the genres.
  4. Students will demonstrate understanding of the market by preparing work for submission for publication or production.

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