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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, at jmowrer@hawaii.edu, if you have questions.

Expected Student Learning Outcomes

ESL 084 - Academic Writing, Advanced

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:
    1. Generating ideas (e.g. mapping, brainstorming, outlining, etc.)
    2. Multiple drafts
    3. Incorporating peer and instructor feedback
    4. Rewriting
    5. 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:
    1. a clearly stated thesis statement in a well-developed introduction
    2. well-developed supporting paragraphs with topic sentences clearly related to the thesis
    3. sufficient generalizations within each paragraph supported by specific details
    4. transitions appropriate to the rhetorical style
    5. an effective conclusion
    6. appropriate capitalization and punctuation
    7. control of language, grammar and mechanics that allow for minimal errors.

ESL 074 - Academic Writing, High-Intermediate

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:
    1. Generating ideas (e.g. mapping, brainstorming, outlining, etc.)
    2. Multiple drafts
    3. Incorporating peer and instructor feedback throughout the writing process
    4. Rewriting
    5. 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:
    1. expository
    2. narrative
    3. descriptive
  • Write expository essays of 4-5 well-developed paragraphs that may include the following organizational styles:
    1. argumentation
    2. cause and effect
    3. comparison/contrast
  • Write essays that have:
    1. a clearly stated thesis statement and a well-developed introduction
    2. sufficient generalizations supported by specific details
    3. transitions appropriate to the organizational style
    4. a concluding paragraph
    5. control of language, grammar and mechanics at the high-intermediate level.

ESL 064 - Academic Writing, Intermediate

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