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The rubrics on the following pages represent those kinds of outcomes generally found in credit ESL courses. These represent exit—not entry—skills. 

ESL Writing

Writing Type and Length

Organization/

Coherence

Development

Vocabulary

Sentence/Structure

Spelling, Mechanics

CB21

1 level below

Freshman Composition or English 1A

Write expository essays which reference outside sources, including non –fiction, using a variety of rhetorical strategies. (500-750 words)

Organize paragraphs into a logical sequence, developing the central idea of the essay to a logical conclusion.

Integrate the ideas of others through paraphrase, summary, and quotation into a paper that expresses the writer’s own opinion, position, or analysis as developed through multiple revisions.

Utilize a wide range of vocabulary, including academic vocabulary.

Use sentences of varying structure and type, including subordination, coordination, and transitional devices.

CB21

2 levels below

Write essays with clear thesis statements using various rhetorical modes. (350+ words).

Write an essay including introduction, body, and conclusion.

Write well developed essays based on their emerging competence in writing.

Attempt a wide range of vocabulary; word choice sometimes interferes with meaning.

Correctly use a variety of sentence structures, including mastery of perfect tenses.

CB21

3 levels below

Write one or more paragraphs with a clear topic sentence.

Organize paragraphs that have a clear, beginning, middle, and end exhibiting paragraph mastery.

Write topic sentences with relevant support, main points and specific supporting details and examples.

Utilize core vocabulary with emerging accuracy.

Attempt a variety of sentence structures with emerging control over perfect tenses.

CB21

4 levels below

Write one paragraph on familiar topics.

Write a focused, unified paragraph, including a topic

Demonstrate emerging control of supporting details.

Use general vocabulary on familiar topics.

Correctly use simple and compound

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