English as a Second Language

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes
ESL 131B: Beginning Writing II


Given a selection of written prompts, based on both a required full-length text and on learned material or experience, students will be able to select one prompt from each category and write a paragraph on each in two hours.


Students will be able produce paragraphs of 11-15 sentences that demonstrate appropriate and coherent writing with the following traits:



  • format: title, indented paragraph, margins, double space
  • topic sentence and concluding sentence
  • learned organizational structure
  • transitions


  • focuses on the selected topic
  • explains the controlling idea with coherence and relevance
  • supports the topic sentence with main ideas and specific details
  • contains independent ideas and opinions


  • learned sentence structure: simple, compound, and complex sentences
  • appropriate punctuation
  • correct use and spelling of basic and learned vocabulary
  • appropriate use of learned verb tense and form
  • evidence of self-editing

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Julia McGurk


Arts, Letters & Social Sciences Dean

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