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Goals of English 125/124

Student Learning Goals*

In the English Department Writing Program, our overall learning goals for students in English 124 and English 125 are as follows:

  1. To cultivate practices of inquiry and empathy that enable us to ask genuine questions, engage thoughtfully and rigorously with a wide range of perspectives, and create complex, analytic, well-supported arguments that matter in academic contexts and beyond. 
  2. To read, summarize, analyze, and synthesize complex texts purposefully in order to generate and support writing.
  3. To analyze the genres and rhetorical strategies that writers use to address particular audiences for various purposes and in various contexts.
  4. To develop flexible strategies for revising, editing, and proofreading writing of varying lengths.
  5. To develop strategies for self-assessment, goal-setting, and reflection on the process of writing.

* These learning goals have been adapted from the list of outcomes in the University of Washington Expository Writing Program’s Orientation Manual, developed by Gail Stygall, and revised by Kim Emmons, Spencer Schaffner, and Anis Bawarshi.