English – Learning Outcomes

Students who complete English courses typically earn composition credit or credit in the Visual, Linguistic, and Performing Arts (VLPA) area of knowledge for the AA degree by

  • understanding language and languages as universal human phenomena and as tools of communication, persuasion, and self–expression
  • understanding the role of literature in expressing and reflecting aspects of human experience

Depending on the course taken, English courses meet communication, information literacy, and creative thinking outcomes for the AA degree, as students

  • explain meaning of written work, presentations, arts, and media in different contexts
  • present oral, signed, written, or other forms of expression to increase knowledge, foster understanding, or promote change in an audience
  • identify, locate, and evaluate needed information in a complex and changing environment
  • effectively and responsibly use information to develop ideas, address issues, and solve problems
  • synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways

English 101

Students who successfully complete English 101 will be able to

  • Distinguish between claim and evidence.
  • Identify explicit and implicit main points.
  • Make inferences about a text.
  • Make the connection between purpose and audience.
  • Demonstrate rhetorical awareness in writing.
  • Paraphrase and Summarize.
  • Understand difference between summary and analysis.
  • Incorporate, control and use sources.
  • Recognize and avoid plagiarism.
  • Evaluate and synthesize multiple texts.
  • Demonstrate effective use of writing process.
  • Provide specific, informed and constructive feedback that has the power/potential to elicit revision.
  • Make effective use of feedback in revision.
  • Produce, support, and develop an arguable claim.
  • Identify, evaluate, and articulate own learning.
  • Recognize and use academic writing conventions.
  • Produce clear, logical, and effective essay structure.
  • Demonstrate clear, confident use of paragraphing.
  • Demonstrate clear and controlled organization with logical connections between paragraphs and ideas.
  • Write a variety of sentence structures–a blend of simple, compound, and complex sentences used to enhance meaning.
  • Recognize and participate in academic discourse.
  • Produce coherent and cohesive writing under time constraints.

English 102

Students who successfully complete English 102 will be able to

  • Develop an extensive research–based essay using the writing process learned in English 101.
  • Critically read and analyze a variety of complex texts.
  • Discuss the content of texts and the writing and research process in small and large groups by thinking critically and communicating clearly.
  • Analyze reading by summarizing, responding, and interpreting.
  • Quote, paraphrase and summarize from published print and electronic sources.
  • Evaluate primary and secondary print and electronic sources to be used in a documented essay.
  • Compose a research–based essay that supports a well–developed thesis.
  • Use MLA or APA citation format accurately.
  • Demonstrate academic integrity and avoid plagiarism.
  • Access and navigate technology associated with this course.


Students who successfully complete literature courses will be able to

  • Summarize, discuss, and analyze texts
  • Use the text as support for their arguments
  • Criticize literature using elements of the appropriate genre
  • Write responses to the readings which demonstrate language proficiency
  • Ask key literary questions that lead to larger questions about the human condition
  • Engage in collegial and collaborative literary analysis
  • Explain some of the different literary, critical methodologies/approaches

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