English 110: Learning Goals

The learning objectives of each section of English 110 should reflect the goals below. Instructors may choose to represent a smaller number of these goals on a syllabus, or adapt them to suit their courses, but it is important that all instructors understand these goals as a fundamental component of the first-year writing program at Queens College.

Students who complete English 110 will be able to:

1. Develop an awareness of the craft, rhetoric, and process of writing.

2. Identify strengths and weaknesses in their writing and articulate strategies for improvement.

3. Adapt the elements of writing–including thesis, audience, motive, evidence, analysis, and structure–to a variety of writing contexts.

4. Read critically and write fluently in a variety of genres, including the following possibilities in print and digital media: argumentative essays, narrative essays, ethnographic essays, case studies, blogs, letters to the editor, or wiki pages.

5. Understand the guidelines for a variety of assignments and to respond to these guidelines with imagination and ingenuity.

6. Articulate how rhetoric and ideas work together to produce meaning.

7. Revise and edit their work effectively.

8. Demonstrate a proficiency in methods of research and documentation, including the evaluation of secondary sources, annotation, integration of quotations, and proper citation according to a discipline appropriate guideline (such as MLA, APA, or Chicago).

9. Recognize the conventions and methods of various disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences.

10. Make connections with other courses in terms of both content and methods of critical inquiry.

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