Writing Course Outcomes

Below you can see the material that students need to accomplish to succeed in an ELI Writing Course. Please contact the ELI Director, Julie Mowrer, jmowrer@hawaii.edu if you have questions.

Expected Student Learning Outcomes

ESL 084 - Intermediate Composition

By the end of the course, at the advanced level, successful ESL 084 students will be able to:

  • Compose essays using a process approach including:
    • Generating ideas (e.g. mapping, brainstorming, outlining, etc.)
    • Multiple drafts
    • Incorporating peer and intructor feedback
    • Rewriting
    • Editing for complete sentences including capitalization and punctuation and for major errors of agreement, tense, word form, verb form and parallelism.
  • Write a 600+ word argumentative essay which has:
    • a clearly stated thesis statement in a well-developed introduction
    • well-developed supporting paragraphs with topic sentences clearly related to the thesis
    • sufficient generalizations within each paragraph supported by specific details
    • transitions appropriate to the rhetorical style
    • an effective conclusion
    • appropriate capitalization and punctuation
    • control of language, grammar and mechanics that allow for minimal errors.

ESL 074 - Introduction to Composition

By the end of the course, at the high-intermediate level, successful ESL 074 students will be able to:

  • Identify and define the components of a complete paragraph and essay.
  • Compose essays using a process approach including:
    • Generating ideas (e.g. mapping, brainstorming, outlining, etc.)
    • Multiple drafts
    • Incorporating peer and instructor feedback throughout the writing process
    • Rewriting
    • Editing for complete sentences including capitalization and punctuation and for major errors of agreement and tense.
  • Writing well-developed paragraphs of 10-15 sentences in the following organizational styles:
    • expository
    • narrative
    • descriptive
  • Write expository essays of 4-5 well-developed paragraphs that may include the following organizational styles:
    • argumentation
    • cause and effect
    • comparison/contrast
  • Write essays that have:
    • a clearly stated thesis statement and a well-developed introduction
    • sufficient generalizations supported by specific details
    • transitions appropriate to the organizational style
    • a concluding paragraph
    • control of language, grammar and mechanics at the high-intermediate level.

ESL 064 - Prep for English Composition

By the end of the course, at the intermediate level, successful ESL 064 students will be able to:

  • Identify and define the components of a complete sentence and paragraph.
  • Compose paragraphs using a process approach including:
    • Generating ideas (e.g. mapping, brainstorming, outlining, etc.)
    • Multiple drafts
    • Incorporating peer and instructor feedback throughout the writing process
    • Rewriting
    • Editing for complete sentences including capitalization and punctuation
  • Write paragraphs of 10-15 sentences in the following organizational styles:
    • expository
    • narrative
    • descriptive
    • comparison/contrast
  • Write paragraphs that have:
    • simple and compound sentences
    • a clearly stated topic and a focusing comment
    • sufficient generalizations supported by specific details
    • transitions appropriate to the organizational style
    • a concluding sentence
    • control of language, grammar, and mechanics at the intermediate level.