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English as a Second Language

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

ESL 25: Advanced Reading &Composition II

Context

Given a reading at the time of the final examination, students will be able to select one prompt and write a well-reasoned summary-response essay in two hours.

Objective

Students will write an essay of five to seven paragraphs that demonstrates clear organization, logical development, and correct language use with the following traits.

Traits

Organization

  • thesis that responds to the prompt and shows understanding of the reading
  • topic sentences that relate to the thesis
  • appropriate transitions between and within paragraphs
  • an introduction and a conclusion

Development

  • demonstrates critical thinking
  • contains body paragraphs that begin with topic sentences that advance the argument or logic of the thesis
  • develops body paragraphs with examples from personal experience and quotations or paraphrased passages that show understanding of the readings

Language

  • generally idiomatic sentences with correct sentence structure
  • sentences that vary in length and type
  • appropriate use of verb tenses and correct verb forms
  • appropriate academic vocabulary
  • control of word forms
  • correct punctuation and spelling
  • evidence of self-editing

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