English Learning Outcomes
Literature and Language Option Learning Outcomes
- Literary Traditions: Demonstrate familiarity with the concept of the traditional canon, major
works representing this canon, and the forces behind its expansion; recognize connections between literary periods and texts evident in the influence of one author upon another; demonstrate ability to situate texts in their original historical, cultural, and literary contexts.
- Critical Reading Skills: Demonstrate ability to read and interpret literary and non-fiction texts. Demonstrate facility with deep reading of the text in itself, including recognizing symbolism, figurative language, prosody, style, and literary devices; be able to apply theory judiciously and productively in interpreting literary texts.
- Writing Ability: Demonstrate fluent writing and researching ability including an awareness of audience, purpose, form, and other rhetorical concepts, a high degree of knowledge and control of the conventions of Standard Written English, familiarity with library resources such as online databases and catalogs, the ability to gather and synthesize information coherently, the ability to properly quote, paraphrase and summarize other texts with critical engagement, and familiarity with basic documentation formats.
- Oral Communication: Demonstrate an ability to present the ideas of others in a clear, organized fashion, including organizing material and responding to questions about the material presented; demonstrate the ability to present original ideas and discuss them with peers in an articulate, professional manner.
- Understanding of Linguistic Features of English and a Foreign Language: Demonstrate basic understanding of the linguistic features of the English language, and low intermediate ability with one language other than English.
Additional Outcomes for English Education
- Effective Teaching: Demonstrate knowledge of the elements of effective teaching, including pedagogy and the uses of technology in teaching, and demonstrate potential as a classroom teacher during student teaching assignments.
- Understanding of Learning Literacy: Demonstrate understanding of how students acquire and learn literacy.
(Outcomes 5 and 7 will be demonstrated by course grades in the relevant areas. All others will be assessed in portfolia collected in the Senior Symposium and the Assessment Seminar and rated according to rubrics designed for those outcomes.)