Survey of General Education Courses in English

There are three General Education courses in the English program:

Students in South Dakota’s university system must pass CoRE English (ENGL 101C) or Composition I (ENGL 101) and Composition II (ENGL 201) in order to obtain a degree. Verbal scores lower than 18 on the ACT or lower than 74 on the COMPASS require placement in CoRE English, a course that combines the remedial instruction of English 032 with the writing instruction of English 101.

Find out more information regarding recommended and required Text Books and the South Dakota Board of Regents' Outcomes.

Board of Regents Outcomes

The South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) lists four Student Learning Outcomes that apply to General Education English writing courses. The Outcomes are reproduced in the syllabi for your English courses, but here they are again, verbatim, for your information.

As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will: 1) Write using Standard American English, including correct punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure; 2) Write logically; 3) Write persuasively, with a variety of rhetorical strategies (e.g., expository, argumentative, descriptive); 4) Incorporate formal research and documentation into their writing, including research obtained through modern, technology-based research tools.

Goals one and two apply to CoRE English, primarily, and Composition I, secondarily. Number three applies primarily to Composition II, although Composition I concludes with a persuasive essay to be written during the Common Final. Goal four also applies to that final essay/exam in ENGL-101, but Composition II continues to elaborate upon synthesis and research methods.

CoRE English

Students who score 1-17 on the ACT or 1-73 on the COMPASS exam place in CoRE English. Students who have a 3.0 high school GPA in addition to this score may challenge this placement if they so wish. Information regarding the placement test can be found here.

Activities
CoRE English is a 5-credit, co-requisite course that combines the remedial instruction of English 032 with the writing instruction of English 101. Designed as an intensive writing lab and hybrid course, students will meet for three hours of classroom instruction and two credits of supplemental work outside of the classroom each week. Student writers will receive instruction focusing on higher level concerns (thesis, organization, and support) and lower level concerns (sentence-level and grammatical issues), while fulfilling the requirements of Composition I to produce eighteen pages of finished text written on various subjects. Students will draft, revise, and edit expository essays in a variety of rhetorical modes, such as description, definition, comparison and contrast, analogies, examples and illustrations, texts relating to or examining cause and effect, classification and division, evaluation, and argumentation. The rhetorical strategies will be determined by the instructor.

Learning Objectives
Students who successfully complete CoRE English course will learn to:

  • understand Standard American English (according to SDBOR)
  • engage in critical thinking and reading
  • identify thesis statements in academic and peer writing
  • construct foundational or persuasive thesis statements and support said thesis statements with details, examples, and evidence
  • recognize and craft topic sentences and transitions for organization and clarity
  • employ audience analysis to determine structure, context, and angle of approach
  • implement invention strategies to generate prose
  • engage in an individual writing process by drafting, revising, and editing prose
  • write within varied rhetorical strategies
  • become familiar with information literacy by finding, evaluating, and incorporating research
  • implement academic format and style for academic papers in MLA or APA, as specified by the professor
  • find, evaluate, and incorporate academic research ethically and accurately
  • communicate with concision and precision
  • learn the expectations of the community of academic writers
  • contend with new and diverse perspectives in a thoughtful, sophisticated manner


Goals
CoRE English fulfills developmental and credit-bearing requirements and prepares students for Composition II. Students are introduced to academic expectations and the proper occasions and methods for citation. Most importantly, it is structured as an intensive writing lab with supplemental work assigned outside of the classroom. Writers practice within the various forms of writing and receive extensive feedback on their prose. Students often have the opportunity to examine the writing of other students and work with peers and writing consultants. Also, through guided reading and writing, individuals become aware of the basic grammatical issues that pertain to their personal writing needs. CoRE English provides students the skills necessary to write with confidence in undergraduate courses. The final paper in CoRE English (ENGL 101C) is timed and written in a classroom—the Common Final (fall semester). Students will respond to a writing prompt presented to them on that day; however, students are provided several sources (articles, statistics, on-line sources) prior to the final. Writers are expected to examine these sources and use them to strengthen their texts. This argumentative essay launches the composition student into their second composition course (ENGL-201).

Course Description
ENGL 032: “Remedial Course: Intensive work in grammar and usage, punctuation, and paragraph development. Does not count toward graduation” (BHSU Academic Catalog).

ENGL 101: “Practice in the skills, research, and documentation needed for the [sic] effective academic writing. Analysis of a variety of academic and non-academic texts, rhetorical structures, critical thinking, and audience will be included” (BHSU Academic Catalog).


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