Develop rhetorical awareness and competency.
First-year students will use the basic elements of the writing context-- purpose, audience and self-presentation-- to develop strategies for dealing with a variety of writing situations.
Develop proficiency in writing processes.
First year students will practice the basic elements of the writing process-- invention, revision and editing -- both individually and collaboratively, in a variety of writing situations, including computer-based environments.
Appreciate the close connection between reading and writing.
First-year students will develop strategies and skills by reading and responding to a range of print and electronic texts.
Students will develop knowledge of writing conventions.
First-year students will recognize and practice basic conventions of academic writing in order to control major surface features of writing such as grammar, usage, and punctuation.
NOTE: These learning goals are based on the Outcomes Statement for First Year Composition (2000), endorsed by the Council of Writing Program Administrators (www.wpacouncil.org).