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