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Learning Outcomes Statements

ENGL 0250:  Compensatory Writing Skills

On successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  1. Demonstrate paragraph unity, support, and coherence
  2. Use transitions for clarity of thought and readability
  3. Construct all sentence types
  4. Recognize and correct major grammatical errors
  5. Edit their writing assignments
  6. Give constructive peer feedback
  7. Use the computer for assignment submissions
top ENGL 0305:  Basic ESL Reading

At the end of the semester, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of phonemic awareness, word analysis, and high frequency word recognition.
  2. Demonstrate expanded print vocabulary.
  3. Demonstrate improved oral fluency.
  4. Implement Before-During-After reading strategies that build comprehension.
  5. Discuss materials and organizational features of various text types.
  6. Produce simple sentences and short paragraphs in response to readings.
top ENGL 0312:  ESL Reading I

At the end of the semester, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a significant increase in word knowledge.
  2. Employ prereading, skimming, and prewriting techniques.
  3. Identify main ideas in paragraphs and reading selections.
  4. Locate important details. 
  5. Decipher paragraph patterns, writer techniques, and conclusions.
  6. Apply study strategies, including underlining, taking notes, and outlining.
  7. Complete writing exercises to express an understanding of readings.
top ENGL 0500:  Basics of Composition

On successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  1. Write clear and varied sentences including coordination and subordination
  2. Use commas and periods correctly
  3. Vary word choices
  4. Write effective topic sentences
  5. Provide concrete support within paragraphs
  6. Use appropriate transitions
  7. Identify main ideas in brief readings
  8. Write two basic essays
  9. Write brief paraphrases
ENGL 0700:  Essential Reading Skills

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Increase confidence in their ability to read, comprehend, organize, and retain written information.
  2. Increase vocabulary through the study of word parts, use of context clues, and practice with a dictionary.
  3. Learn how to analyze unfamiliar words by understanding the structure of the English Language.
  4. Develop an ability to recognize main idea and supporting details in order to improve comprehension and retention of written information.
  5. Improve reading fluency.
ENGL 0850:  Basic College Reading

On successful completion of the course, students will:

  1. Increase confidence in their ability to read, comprehend, organize, and retain written information.
  2. Improve their ability to read and understand the written word in everyday life through the study of basic comprehension skills, such as main idea, major and minor details, and patterns of organization.
  3. Apply the word analysis, dictionary, and comprehension skills covered in this course to increase vocabulary and make efficient use of college textbooks.
  4. Develop an understanding of the process of reading and gain an awareness of reading rate and comprehension.
  5. Improve their ability to read and spell words through an analysis of the structure of the English language.
ENGL 0890:  Critical Reading for College Success

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Increase confidence in their ability to read, comprehend, organize, and retain written information.
  2. Learn how to efficiently comprehend, organize, store, and recall the key information presented in textbooks and other printed materials.
  3. Develop an understanding of their own reading process so that they can adjust their reading rate and level of comprehension to suit their purpose for reading and the material being read.
  4. Increase vocabulary through the study of word parts and the use of context clues.
  5. Develop an ability to interpret, evaluate, and apply what they read to their college courses and real-life situations.
  6. Improve comprehension through the use of writing-to-learn strategies, such as outlining, paraphrasing, mapping, summarizing, and synthesizing, which will improve comprehension and retention.
top ENGL 1005:  College Writing

On successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  1. Apply writing-process principles to various assignments
  2. Write essays in a confident voice
  3. Analyze and evaluate their own and others’ writing
  4. Research a topic using valid resources
  5. Write a three- to four-page research paper or other papers incorporating research elements with properly integrated information and MLA documentation
top ENGL 1010: Composition I

On successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills

  1. Apply writing process and principles to a variety of assignments
  2. Differentiate among inadequate, adequate, and superior presentation of ideas
  3. Produce essays indicative of careful consideration of the topic
  4. Write confident and flowing prose
  5. Incorporate stylistic elements to aid and enhance communication
  6. Synthesize material
  7. Analyze and respond to several types of information
  8. Evaluate peer writing and determine revision possibilities
  9. Research a topic using valid resources, research methods, and principles
  10. Produce a six- to eight-page research paper
  11. Use information technology in research and writing
  12. Integrate researched or quoted material with the student’s thoughts in essays or research papers
  13. Use MLA documentation and format
top ENGL 1020: 19th Century American Literature

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of the historical and cultural contexts of 19th century American literature
  2. Identify and describe distinct literary characteristics of 19th century literature
  3. Analyze literary works for their structure and meaning
  4. Write analytically about 19th century literature using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the literary works during class and group activities
top ENGL 1030: British Literature I

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of the historical and cultural contexts of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 18th century
  2. Identify and describe distinct literary characteristics of British literature from beginnings to the 18th century
  3. Analyze literary works for their structure and meaning
  4. Write analytically about literature using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the literary works during class and group activities
top ENGL 1040: World Literature to the 16th Century

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of the historical and cultural contexts of world literature from beginnings to the 16th century
  2. Identify and describe distinct literary characteristics of world literature from beginnings to the 16th century
  3. Analyze literary works for their structure and meaning
  4. Write analytically about literature using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the literary works during class and group activities
top ENGL 1070:  English as a Second Language I

At the end of the semester, students should be able to:

  1. Construct present, past, and future verb forms.
  2. Apply question words and question format.
  3. Evaluate the parts of speech.
  4. Develop count and non-count nouns.
  5. Integrate the forms and meanings of possessives.
  6. Control the formations of there is/there are.
  7. Apply the rules of demonstratives.
  8. Understand the contextualized meaning of imperatives.
  9. Master complete sentence structure.
top ENGL 1080:  English as a Second Language II

At the end of the semester, students should be able to:

  1. Construct sentences in simple present, present progressive, and present perfect verb forms.
  2. Construct sentences in simple past, past progressive, and past perfect verb forms.
  3. Construct sentences in future using "will" and "be going to".
  4. Apply question formations.
  5. Employ contextualized meaning of phrasal verbs, modals, and modal expressions.
  6. Integrate time clauses.
  7. Make use of comparatives and superlatives.
  8. Vary measure words and quantifiers.
  9. Write sentence combinations.
  10. Write short paragraphs focusing on one topic.
top ENGL 1090:  Paragraph Writing in ESL

At the end of the semester, students should be able to:

  1. Apply the writing process and principles to writing paragraphs.
  2. Write clear topic sentences.
  3. Exhibit effective unity, support, coherence, and mechanics in paragraphs.
  4. Write paragraphs considered appropriate for the college level in a variety of rhetorical modes.
  5. Write one college level 5-paragraph essay.
  6. Write in order to satisfy the reader's understanding.
  7. Evaluate their own and others' writing.
  8. Use information technology in production of writing assignments.
top ENGL 1120 (formerly SPCH 1120):  Speech and Articulation ESL

At the end of the semester, students should be able to:

  1. Practice all vowel and consonant sounds in spoken American English through the help of IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) symbols.
  2. Pronounce-ed- and -endings in fluent American English.
  3. Perceive and generate syllable stress within words and word stress within phrases.
  4. Acknowledge unstressed syllables in multi-syllabic words.
  5. Calculate stress in words according to parts of speech.
  6. Detect rhythm in phrases and sentences.
  7. Notice and express common words and phrases in connected speech.
  8. Link words together through consonant & vowel or consonant & consonant utterances.
  9. Employ the rules and patterns of intonation.
  10. Present a short speech.
top ENGL 1130 (formerly ENGL 1075)

At the end of the semester, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a significant expansion of academic vocabulary.
  2. Use an ESL dictionary efficiently.
  3. Understand questions and directions appropriate to the level.
  4. Understand the major and minor details of a short lecture.
  5. Draw conclusions, make simple predictions, and relate the content of a short lecture to personal experience.
  6. Take simple dictation of connected discourse as the basis for developing skill at note-taking during lectures and discussions.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to ask and answer questions, and ask for clarification.
  8. Participate and be sufficiently understood in role-playing, simulating simple academic situations.
  9. Participate in classroom discussions with emphasis on narrating and describing situations to develop oral communication skills including fluency, idea sequencing, accuracy, vocabulary and pronunciation.
top ENGL 1200: Introduction to Literature

On successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of the genres of fiction, poetry, and drama by writers from various cultures and historical eras
  2. Identify and describe distinct characteristics of literary texts
  3. Analyze literary works for their structure and meaning
  4. Write analytically about literature using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the literary works during class and group activities
top ENGL 1210: Film as Literature

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of film techniques, offering descriptive examples from films
  2. Identify and describe distinct cinematic elements pertaining to genres and directors
  3. Analyze films for their structure and meaning, using appropriate terminology
  4. Write analytically about films using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the films during class and group activities
top ENGL 1220: Introduction to Poetry

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of poetry as a literary genre
  2. Identify and describe distinct literary characteristics of poetic forms
  3. Analyze poetic works for their structure and meaning, using correct terminology
  4. Write analytically about poetry using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the poetic works during class and group activities
top ENGL 1230: Modern Literature

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of international fiction, poetry, and drama from the 20th century
  2. Identify and describe distinct literary characteristics of modern literature
  3. Analyze poetic works for their structure and meaning, using correct terminology
  4. Write analytically about modern literature using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to modern works during class and group activities
top ENGL 1240: Readings in the Novel

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of the novel as a literary genre
  2. Identify and describe distinct literary characteristics of the novel
  3. Analyze novels for their structure and meaning, using correct terminology
  4. Write analytically about novels using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the novel during class and group activities
top ENGL 1250: Readings in the Short Story

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of the short story as a literary genre
  2. Identify and describe distinct literary characteristics of the short story form
  3. Analyze short stories for their structure and meaning, using correct terminology
  4. Write analytically about short stories using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the literary genre of the short story during class and group activities
top ENGL 1260: Readings in Shakespeare

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Identify and describe distinct literary, cultural, and historical characteristics of Shakespeare's plays
  2. Display a working knowledge of dramatic and poetic structures present in Shakespeare's work, as well as a familiarity with many of the varied interpretations, analyses, and dramatizations of these works since the 16th century
  3. Identify the distinct literary genres of the tragedies, comedies, and histories present in Shakespeare's work
  4. Demonstrate greater reading fluency of Elizabethan English
  5. Analyze Shakespeare's plays for their structure and meaning, using correct terminology
  6. Write analytically about Shakespeare's works, using MLA guidelines
  7. Effectively communicate ideas related to Shakespeare's plays during class and group activities
top ENGL 1270:  Contemporary Drama

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of plays from Ibsen to the present
  2. Identify and describe distinct literary characteristics of contemporary drama, emphasizing changing approaches to theater as well as the social, cultural, and philosophical implications in representative plays
  3. Analyze plays for their structure and meaning, using correct terminology
  4. Write analytically about contemporary drama using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the works during class and group activities
top ENGL 1280:  Dramatic Literature

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of historic, socio-political, and dramatic trends in plays by the most important playwrights from differing time periods
  2. Identify and describe distinct literary forms in works of dramatic literature
  3. Analyze plays for their structure and meaning, using correct terminology
  4. Write analytically about dramatic literature using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the works during class and group activities
top ENGL 1300:  Composition for ESL

At the end of the semester, students should be able to:

  1. Write clear topic sentences and thesis statements in essays.
  2. Exhibit effective unity, support, coherence, and mechanics in essays.
  3. Write essays considered appropriate for the college level in a well-developed, academic voice.
  4. Write essays in a variety of rhetorical modes.
  5. Conduct academic level research.
  6. Present essays in proper MLA (Modern Language Association) format.
  7. Use information technology in research and production of essays.
  8. Write in order to satisfy the reader's understanding.
  9. Incorporate stylistic elements to aid and enhance communication.
  10. Analyze and evaluate their own and others' writing.
top ENGL 1370: Literature of Imagination and Fantasy

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of literature of imagination and fantasy as distinct genres and contrast with works of science fiction and realistic fiction
  2. Identify and describe distinct literary characteristics of fantasy and works of the imagination using literary, psychological, and cultural perspectives, as well as examples from myth, fairy tale, Gothic horror, magic realism, and other forms of imaginative writing
  3. Analyze literature of the imagination and fantasy for their structure and meaning, using correct terminology
  4. Write analytically about literature of imagination and fantasy using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the genre of fantasy and literature of the imagination during class and group activities
ENGL 1410:  Business Writing

On successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  1. Apply techniques which establish writer/reader rapport using business philosophy and psychology
  2. Use proper format for all types of written business communication
  3. Write complete, concise, concrete, correct, clear, and courteous letters and memoranda
  4. Write an informal report
  5. Research and write a formal report
top ENGL 1430:  Creative Writing

On successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  1. Produce disciplined pieces of personal exposition, description, and narration, as well as several poems and short dramatic dialogue
  2. Use some of the strategies available to the practitioners of each genre, that is, personal essays, articles, fiction, poetry, and drama
  3. Apply the writing process or pre-writing, writing, and revising to all assignments
  4. Revise, edit, and develop work into final form
top ENGL 2010: Composition II

On successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  1. Apply sound principles of writing to compositions
  2. Recognize inadequate, adequate, and superior presentation of ideas
  3. Understand the depth of thought necessary for effective writing
  4. Apply appropriate methods to different types of assignments
  5. Analyze and transfer elements in professional models to students’ own compositions
  6. Respond thoughtfully to issues raised in professional models
  7. Evaluate peer writing and determine revision possibilities
  8. Consider the audience’s point of view
  9. Write confidently in one’s own voice
  10. Proceed through the various stages of the writing process to attain clarity and completeness
  11. Use punctuation to the best purpose
  12. Write with minimal errors in usage
  13. Research a topic using valid sources
  14. Use information technology skillfully in researching and producing essays
  15. Integrate source material into research papers smoothly
  16. Use MLA format accurately
  17. Understand basics of APA style
top ENGL 2015:  Composition II for Liberal Arts

On successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  1. To see research as a systematic undertaking
  2. To plan and schedule the process of research
  3. To distinguish between worthwhile and superficial research undertakings
  4. To evaluate source material
  5. To navigate the Internet
  6. To use the computer to prepare the research project for submission
  7. To synthesize multiple pieces of information
  8. To paraphrase accurately
  9. To quote and cite accurately
  10. To follow MLA and APA formats for appropriate disciplines
  11. To sustain sound writing principles throughout essays
  12. To incorporate a variety of meaningful sources into a cohesive unit
top ENGL 2020:  20th Century American Literature

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of the cultural and historical contexts of 20th century American literature
  2. Identify and describe distinct literary characteristics of 20th century American literature
  3. Analyze literary works for their structure and meaning, using correct terminology
  4. Write analytically about 20th century American literature using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the literary works during class and group activities
top ENGL 2030:  British Literature II

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of the cultural and historical contexts of British literature from William Blake to the present
  2. Identify and describe distinct literary characteristics of the time period
  3. Analyze literary works for their structure and meaning, using correct terminology and examples from different genres
  4. Write analytically about British literature using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the literary works during class and group activities
top ENGL 2040:  World Literature from the 16th Century

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of the cultural and historical contexts of world literature from the Enlightenment to the present
  2. Identify and describe distinct literary characteristics of the literature of this time period
  3. Analyze literary works from various genres for their structure and meaning, using correct terminology
  4. Write analytically about world literature from the 16th century to the present using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the literary works during class and group activities
top ENGL 2100:  Technical Writing

On successful completion of the course, the student will acquire the listed skills:

  1. Maintain a company image in a document's content, execution, and appearance
  2. Use standard grammar, punctuation, and spelling in documents
  3. Consider audience in writing documents as important to the success of the document
  4. Determine and maintain the proper tone throughout a document
  5. Maintain objectivity in writing documents
  6. Demonstrate focus and logic in outlining
  7. Be clear and concise in formal technical writing
  8. Produce various types and formats of reports, memos, emails, resumes, letters, surveys and questionnaires, abstracts, newsletters, definitions to meet particular needs or purposes
  9. Conduct and use primary and secondary research and document sources properly
  10. Produce professional quality documents using word processing, Excel and other computer applications
  11. Understand that the ability to work as a team member is an integral activity in the workplace
  12. Appreciate that keeping current with professional standards and practices is expected for optimum effectiveness in the workplace
top ENGL 2200:  Children's Literature

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of classic and contemporary children's literature
  2. Identify and describe distinct literary characteristics of literature, including techniques of illustration and format of children's books
  3. Analyze literary works from various genres for their structure and meaning, using correct terminology
  4. Write analytically about children's literature using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the literary works during class and group activities
topENGL 2210:  Film as Literature II

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of film techniques viewed and discussed during the semester
  2. Identify and describe various film genres, directors, and aspects of film theory
  3. Analyze works for their structure and meaning, using correct terminology
  4. Write analytically about film using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the works during class and group activities
top ENGL 2230:  Contemporary Literature of the Past Decade

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of the cultural and historical contexts of significant works of the past decade
  2. Identify and describe distinct literary characteristics of contemporary literature and demonstrate an understanding of how 21st century culture, trends, and historical events affect the literature produced today
  3. Analyze literary works from various genres for their structure and meaning, using correct terminology
  4. Write analytically about contemporary literature using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the literary works during class and group activities
top ENGL 2250:  Introduction to Adolescent Literature

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. Display a working knowledge of texts written for an adolescent audience
  2. Identify and describe distinct literary characteristics of adolescent literature
  3. Analyze literary works from various genres for their structure and meaning, using correct terminology
  4. Write analytically about contemporary literature using MLA guidelines
  5. Effectively communicate ideas related to the literary works during class and group activities

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