Education Outcomes Applicable for English 120:
∑ Outcome #1: Communicate
effectively in a variety of contexts and formats.
∑ Outcome #2: Locate and use information for making appropriate
∑ Outcome #4: Comprehend intrapersonal and interpersonal dynamics.
∑ Outcome #6: Integrate knowledge and ideas in a coherent and meaningful
Course Description: Concentrates on the process of writing
analysis and persuasion essays requiring library research and emphasizes
the appropriate use of information from sources, sound reasoning, and
strategies for persuading readers.
1. Students will learn to write clearly for a variety of specific purposes
and audiences, specifically to write convincing, researched arguments.
2. Students will practice effective and efficient writing strategies.
The writing process (inventing; developing; focusing; drafting; revising
to improve focus, organization, development, and clarity; and editing)
is emphasized in a series of researched essays. Instruction is given in
writing unified paragraphs, effective beginnings and endings, and appropriate
transitions as well as the importance of standard English spelling, grammar,
usage, and punctuation when writing for an academic audience.
3. Students will practice active reading strategies: to discover and acknowledge
opposing views, to analyze and summarize claims and grounds from alternative
perspectives, and to evaluate the arguments of other writers.
4. Students will begin to learn to construct arguments: to present a clear
and significant thesis; to defend that thesis with claims that are supported
with appropriate evidence; to persuade their readers through the use of
appropriate rhetorical strategies; and to recognize common pitfalls in
5. Students will learn to conduct library research. In addition to the
basic resources used in English 110, they will learn to use specialized
references, professional journals, databases, and, perhaps, fieldwork
to gather specific, relevant, reliable information, to analyze alternative
perspectives, and to use that information to write arguments. Correct
and responsible use of MLA documentation is emphasized.