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EMLS Student Learning Outcomes


Introduction to College Composition

  1. Write expository essays of 500-750 words that successfully synthesize at least two outside sources, including non-fiction, using a variety of rhetorical modes, and demonstrate familiarity with MLA format.
  2. Organize paragraphs into a logical sequence, developing the central idea of the essay to a logical conclusion.
  3. Integrate the ideas of others through paraphrase, summary, and quotation into a paper that expresses the writer's own opinion, position, or analysis.
  4. Use a wide range of vocabulary, including academic vocabulary.
  5. Use sentences of varying structure and type, including subordination, coordination, and transitional devices.
  6. Use the standard conventions of written English-spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.


Advanced Reading

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking skills by analyzing a wide range of personal, professional, academic and literary non-adapted/authentic texts, including online sources, written for native English speakers.
  2. Utilize a monolingual dictionary for vocabulary development in understanding word roots, including affixes.
  3. Compehend, summarize, paraphrase, respond, and make inferences to academic readings.
  4. Conduct research and use synthesis with academic readings.
  5. Utilize academic vocabulary in context with proper word forms.


Advanced Communication Skills

  1. Recognize and approximate accurate pronunciation, rhythm, intonation, and stress of English.
  2. Identify main ideas, select relevant details, and formulate predictions of lectures and other authentic discourse.
  3. Apply critical thinking skills and global awareness by analyzing information relevant to global events, presenting arguments, and defending theses.
  4. Demonstrate interpersonal, teamwork, and communication skills by preparing group projects and debates.
  5. Exhibit multicultural awareness by examining the values and ethics of multinational students in class during in-class discussions and debates.


Basic Writing Skills

  1. Compose both in-class and multiple draft essays of 350-400 words using various rhetorical modes.
  2. Demonstrate clear essay development and organization with an introduction, thesis statement, supporting details, transitions, and a conclusion.
  3. Attempt a wide range of vocabulary including academic language; word choice sometimes interferes with meaning.
  4. Correctly use a variety of sentence structures, including control of most verb tenses.
  5. Read and demonstrate comprehension and analysis of at least one book length work of fiction or non-fiction.


Intermediate Reading

  1. Develop critical thinking skills by analyzing pre-collegiate reading selections with general education content from a range of disciplines.
  2. Summarize the main ideas and identify important details of a pre-collegiate reading passage.
  3. Express written and oral opinions and make inferences related to the readings.
  4. Develop and expand academic vocabulary based on the reading selections.
  5. Utilize a monolingual dictionary for vocabulary development.
  6. Use context clues and other practical vocabulary strategies to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words in a passage.


Intermediate Communication Skills

  1. Recognize and demonstrate correct usage of stress, rhythm, and intonation of English.
  2. Employ listening strategies to identify the main idea, specific details, implied meaning, and follow instructions.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking and speaking skills by presenting prepared oral arguments in front of class and analyzing topics in small and large group discussions on current issues.


Grammar and Composition

  1. Respond to a given topic to write one or more well-organized paragraphs using a topic sentence, relevant details, and a concluding sentence.
  2. Write grammatically accurate simple, compound, and complex sentences.
  3. Use verb forms and past and present verb tenses correctly.
  4. Use cohesive devices and sequence ideas logically in a paragraph.
  5. Utilize core vocabulary with emerging accuracy.


Basic Reading

  1. Develop and expand vocabulary.
  2. Use context to guess the meaning of unknown words.
  3. Identify main ideas and supporting details in adapted reading passages.
  4. Analyze the relationship among ideas in adapted reading passages.


Basic Communication Skills

  1. Improve the accuracy of pronunciation of American vowels/consonants, rhythm, stress and intonation.
  2. Improve the oral language skills needed to participate in Individual and group oral presentations, class discussions, and social discourse.
  3. Develop and improve self-assessment skills for listening and speaking.
  4. Improve listening comprehension of various authentic scenarios.
  5. Improve note-taking skills for academic and social use.
  6. Identify main idea and supporting details in lectures.
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