Language and Literature Learning Outcomes
Saint Xavier University is dedicated to providing top-quality education that is intentionally designed to develop your skills and expertise as you prepare for the next step in your education or career. The learning outcomes reflect the specific competencies that you will gain from our English program and our Spanish program, while the curriculum map portrays how these competencies will shape and prepare you for the real world.
Foundational Learning Outcomes
- Students will read complex texts critically and actively to articulate their own interpretations of the texts and their meanings and perspectives.
- Students will write effectively in various genres for professional, academic and social purposes and audiences.
- Students will identify how formal elements of language and genre shape meaning.
- Students will analyze texts in relation to their historical and social contexts.
- Students will integrate literary, rhetorical and cultural theories into their own reading and writing.
- Students will incorporate primary and secondary research materials to support their written arguments.
- Students will synthesize knowledge and skills gained through coursework into a culminating capstone project.
Global Literatures Concentration
- Students will be able to identify the major traditions of literature and analyze texts using critical and theoretical models appropriate to those traditions.
- Students will identify differences stemming from class, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality and gender through texts.
- Students will discuss, interpret and contextualize implicit and explicit values contained in literary texts.
- Students will articulate the value of literary texts as cultural artifacts that provide insight into culture and identity.
Writing and Rhetoric Concentration
- Students will locate and apply rhetorical strategies (i.e., invention, arrangement and style) to analyze and compose texts.
- Students will produce effective written, visual and multimedia texts that are responsive to different purposes and audiences.
- Students will define and evaluate the influences of class, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, gender and other identity markers in literacy practices.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the ethical responsibilities inherent in the act of reading and writing texts.
English Secondary Education Major
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of English language arts subject matter content that specifically includes literature and multimedia texts as well as knowledge of the nature of adolescents as readers.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of English language arts subject matter content that specifically includes language and writing as well as knowledge of adolescents as language users.
- Students will plan instruction and design assessments for reading and the study of literature to promote learning for all students.
- Students will plan instruction and design assessments for composing texts (i.e., oral, written and visual) to promote learning for all students.
- Students will plan, implement, assess and reflect on research-based instruction that increases motivation and active student engagement, builds sustained learning of English language arts, and responds to diverse students' context-based needs.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of how theories and research about social justice, diversity, equity, student identities and schools as institutions can enhance students' opportunities to learn in English Language Arts.
- Students will interact knowledgeably with students, families, and colleagues based on social needs and institutional roles, engage in leadership and/or collaborative roles in English Language Arts professional learning communities, and actively develop as professional educators.