Wednesday, December 28, 2011

English 101 Learning Outcomes: Composition as Critical Inquiry

English 101 at Illinois State University teaches under the Rhetorical Genre Studies (RGS) model.  Unlike traditional composition courses, which focus on mastering the specific conventions of academic essays, the RGS model emphasizes recognition of the variety of "genre situations" students will face in their academic, professional, and personal lives.  This recognizes the fact that every writing assignment is governed by its own standards and conventions, and that these in turn shift in accordance with the differing needs and goals of professional and academic disciplines.

The nine Learning Outcomes listed here are summarized from ISU Writing Program: A Program Guide for Instructors, pp. 68-70, a Fall 2011 publication of The ISU Writing Program & The Center for Writing Research and Pedagogy.
Through English 101, students are expected to display greater proficiency in the following areas:
1. Identifying Genres
- CHAT
- Describing Their Choices

2. Creating Content
- Multiple Genres
- Employ and Identify Cognitive/Conceptual/Rhetorical skills

3. Organizing Information in Multiple Genres
- Ability to form paragraphs, topics, transition statements, etc.

4. Technology/Media
- Choose appropriate technologies for genre
- Describe effects of technology on genre and trajectory

5. The Trajectories of Literate Activity
- CHAT

6. Flexible Research Skills
- Databases, Print Material, Archival Resources
- Data Collection (Experiment, Observation, Surveys, Interviews)

7. Using Citation Formats and Citing Source Material in Multiple Genres
- Academic Citations (e.g. MLA, APA)
- Ability to integrate source material appropriate to genre

8. Grammatical Usage and Sentence Structure

9. Cultural and Social Contexts
- CHAT

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