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First-Year Writing (For Faculty)

Mission of First-Year Writing

Mission
The First-Year Writing (FYW) Program in the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University exists to give students a foundation for communicating successfully in school, at work, and throughout their communities. We accomplish this by introducing students to the complex writing, reading, critical thinking, and research tasks they will encounter. By doing so, we fully support the university’s mission to promote student growth and life success.

As part of the only freestanding writing and linguistics department in Georgia, FYW distinguishes itself by combining the production and sharing of robust scholarship in teaching and learning with a deep commitment to interactive, student-centered teaching. Our faculty, staff, students, and alumni use their diverse strengths to advance our core values: integrity, excellence, and individual responsibility for academic achievement.

Preamble
Learning to write is a complex, individualized process, which takes place over time and with continued practice. Therefore, the Department of Writing and Linguistics has adopted outcomes, which reflect an understanding of how students actually learn to write better. These outcomes are a careful integration of practice, research, and theory, and they describe what first-year students should have achieved by the end of the two-course sequence.

The ability to write, which is fostered by the core composition courses, is essential for achieving academic excellence. However, as students move beyond the two-course sequence, their abilities diversify along disciplinary and professional lines; they move to new levels where demands for writing expand, multiply, and diverge. Therefore, the University community should recognize that writing education needs to continue throughout students’ college careers and build on these outcomes.

Fundamental ideas for these outcomes were influenced by the Council of Writing Program Administrators’ student learning outcomes for first-year writing. The Department of Writing and Linguistics follows the recommendations of the Council of Writing Program Administrators’ Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing.

ENGL1101/WRIT1101

Note: WRIT1101 is the version of ENGL1101 intended for students whose native language is not English.

ENGL1101/WRIT1101 Student Learning Outcomes
Georgia Southern University’s First-Year Writing Program has identified specific learning outcomes for each of its first-year writing courses. Students must complete the course with a “C” average or better to earn credit. At the completion of ENGL1101/WRIT1101, students will be able to:

  • Develop flexible strategies to achieve a defined purpose for writing;
  • Compose texts to examine their ideas in relation to those from a range of sources;
  • Respond to various rhetorical situations and genre conventions.

 


ENGL1101/WRIT1101 Guidelines for Instructors

All ENGL1101/WRIT1101 courses must include three graded papers or assignments, each developed from drafts and peer-reviewed. Students are expected to produce approximately 4000-6000 words of writing during the course (this number includes early and final drafts). Students should also have documentation practice in at least two citation styles.

Each faculty member will participate in scheduled grade norming, assessment, and professional development sessions. The department chair will provide details about these expectations. Writing activities and assignments should clearly align with Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). More detailed guidelines for faculty are available on Google Drive.

 


Common Assignment Parameters for ENGL1101/WRIT1101

ENGL1101/WRIT1101 should culminate in a common assignment. The 1101 final assignment must be a form of rhetorical analysis, taught in the last third of the semester.

While individual instructors have discretion and flexibility in designing the assignment, the final assignment collected at the end of the semester for the purpose of assessment must meet the following criteria.

The ENGL1101/WRIT1101 common assignment [rhetorical analysis] must:

  • Require internal documentation and a References/Works Cited page in a recognized academic style (no course-specific style sheets)
  • Require two to four sources; sources can be provided by the instructor (appropriate sources need not equal peer-reviewed academic journal articles)
  • Include a student-written cover letter
  • Use sources to support and/or develop a rhetorical analysis
  • Be developed through at least two drafts
  • Have had the benefit of instructor and/or peer review
  • Be assigned, developed, and submitted in the last third of the course

ENGL1102

ENGL1102 Student Learning Outcomes
Georgia Southern University’s First-Year Writing Program has identified specific learning outcomes for each of its first-year writing courses. Students must complete the course with a “C” average or better to earn credit.

 

The ENGL1102 focus will include as well as move beyond the ENGL1101 Student Learning Outcomes. Thus, in addition to what they have learned in ENGL1101, at the completion of ENGL1102, students will:

Write Critically

  • Synthesize a variety of sources to participate in a scholarly conversation
  • Demonstrate purposeful and appropriate use of voice, tone, medium
  • Demonstrate reasonable fluency in linguistic structures (such as syntax, punctuation, and word choice)
  • Follow academic citation conventions

 

Read Critically

  • Use a variety of strategies for inquiry/discovery
  • Find and evaluate sources in multiple genres
  • Use rhetorical concepts to analyze a variety of genres

 


ENGL1102 Guidelines for Instructors

ENGL1102 syllabi should include both ENGL/WRIT1101 and ENGL1102 Student Learning Outcomes to demonstrate the progression of learning that will be measured at the completion of the two-course sequence.

All ENGL1102 courses must include three graded papers or assignments, each developed from drafts and peer-reviewed. Students are expected to produce approximately 4000-6000 words of writing during the course (this number includes early and final drafts). The focus of these writing assignments should be on research skills and knowledge transfer.

These writing practices are intended to introduce first-year students to writing and research practices that will be enhanced in upper-level courses within the students’ major or discipline. Passing ENGL1102 does not guarantee mastery of writing in a specific discipline.

Each faculty member will participate in scheduled grade norming, assessment, and professional development sessions. The department chair will provide details about these expectations. Writing activities and assignments should clearly align with Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). More detailed guidelines for faculty are available on Google Drive.

 


Synthesis Assignment Parameters for ENGL 1102

ENGL 1102 should culminate in a common assignment. The 1102 final paper must be a synthesis piece, taught in the last third of the semester. This assignment must include at least five interdisciplinary sources and should be designed to enhance information literacy skills. The common assignment is not intended to be one giant research paper.

While individual instructors have discretion and flexibility in designing the assignment, the final assignment collected at the end of the semester for the purpose of assessment must meet the following criteria.

The ENGL 1102 common assignment must:

  • Focus on research skills and knowledge transfer (again, not necessarily the creation of one research paper as final product)
  • Be designed to enhance students’ information literacy skills
  • Require internal documentation and a References/Works Cited page in a recognized academic style
  • Require at least five interdisciplinary sources
  • Be developed through at least two drafts
  • Have had the benefit of instructor and/or peer review
  • Be assigned, developed, and submitted in the last third of the course
  • Be accompanied by a student-composed cover letter or reflective piece about the assignment

Last updated: 10/17/2016

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