English as a Second Language

Course-level Student Learning Outcomes
ESL 121B: Intermediate Writing II


Given written prompts based on an assigned ESL reading, students will select one prompt and write a summary-response essay within two hours.


Students will produce an essay of four or more paragraphs that demonstrates appropriate and coherent writing with the following traits:



  • centered title, indented paragraphs, margins, double spaced
  • an introductory paragraph with a clear and properly-stated thesis
  • appropriate transitions between and within paragraphs
  • a conclusion that restates the thesis or summarizes main ideas, and adds a thoughtful final comment


  • demonstrates understanding of the reading
  • uses learned methods of organization appropriate to the prompt
  • contains coherent supporting paragraphs with clear topic sentences and supporting details, explanations or examples
  • demonstrates coherence, thoughtful reasoning, and logical progression of ideas


  • an increasingly sophisticated mix of simple, compound, and complex sentences
  • increasing mastery of learned punctuation
  • emerging use of academic vocabulary
  • correct spelling of high-frequency words
  • appropriate use of learned verb tenses and verb forms
  • control of the passive voice, pronoun agreement, gerunds, infinitives, and modals
  • evidence of self-editing

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Julia McGurk


Arts, Letters & Social Sciences Dean

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