Pedagogical Framework for the IPFW Baccalaureate Degree

Correspondence between Program and Framework Learning Objectives

Fall 2007


Department: English and Linguistics

Degree Program: A.A. students; English Language; English Literature; Writing Concentration: Teacher Certification

Baccalaureate Framework

Program's Student Learning Element


Acquisition of Knowledge: Students will demonstrate breadth of knowledge across disciplines and depth of knowledge in their chosen discipline. In order to do so, students must demonstrate the requisite information seeking skills and technological competencies

 English majors demonstrate literary, historical, linguistic, and rhetorical conventions and traditions of English through critically sound oral and written expression reflective of this integration of curriculum material.

English Language Concentration: Students demonstrate their familiarity with the grammatical, rhetorical conventions and the social connections of natural languages, especially English; the evolution and transformation of the English language; and the analytical and descriptive tools of English linguistics.

English Literature Concentration: Students demonstrate their acquisition of essential literary skills: familiarity with a broad range of American and English literary texts through the application of a variety of critical approaches to the analysis of literary texts.

Writing Concentration: Students demonstrate their ability to read and write clearly and persuasively in various rhetorical contexts in the production of original compositions.

Teacher Certification Concentration: Students demonstrate their acquisition of the fundamental skills necessary for the secondary education classroom; knowledge of American and British literary texts; fundamental rules of oral and written communication; acquisition of pedagogical methodologies necessary for the instruction of literature and language in a secondary education environment.

Application of Knowledge: Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply that knowledge, and, in so doing, demonstrate the skills necessary for life-long learning

 Students use analytical and rhetorical skills to produce persuasive, critically precise essays and projects that reveal an integration of research skills with the acquired curriculum.

English Language Concentration: Students apply analytical and descriptive linguistic tools in evaluated coursework that demonstrates the acquisition of fundamental language skills: a knowledge of language’s evolution, rhetorical and linguistic components, and social role as a means of communication.

English Literature Concentration: Students apply their knowledge of critical strategies in the production of analyses of essential literary texts that are informed by the theoretical, historical, and cultural preparation offered by the program.

Writing Concentration: Students apply the fundamental principles of writing and rhetoric in the creation of original works of fiction, nonfiction, and/or poetry.

Teacher Certification Concentration: Students engage in activities (classroom instruction, portfolios) that reflect their acquisition of the fundamental literary, language, and communication skills necessary for a successful secondary education instructor.

Personal and Professional Values: Students will demonstrate the highest levels of personal integrity and professional ethics.

 Students demonstrate through peer review of written work/projects and sound use of sources in research essays a respect for their colleagues and for the intellectual property used in their research. Student respect for class attendance and for critical engagement in dealing with secondary sources reflect personal integrity and a responsible acquisition of ethical values in literary and rhetorical studies.

(All concentrations)

A Sense of Community. Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to be productive and responsible citizens and leaders in local, regional, national, and international communities. In so doing, students will demonstrate a commitment to free and open inquiry and mutual respect across multiple cultures and perspectives.

 Students come to recognize diverse communities and beliefs through literary studies that expose them to a multitude of heterogeneous voices. Students write essays and respond verbally to questions that have abiding historical and culture significance (e.g. consequences of war, racism, nationalism, personal bias).

English Language Concentration: Students engage in projects that demonstrate their familiarity with the evolution of the language and the social connections of language that reflect the essential integration of English with the global community that contributes to its linguistic richness.

English Literature Concentration: Students engage diverse communities and beliefs through literary studies that expose them to a multitude of diverse voices.

Writing Concentration: Students engage in a number of interrelated reading and writing activities that ask them to evaluate, analyze, and contribute to the discursive community.

Teacher Certification Concentration: Students demonstrate in portfolios and classroom supervision the reflective skills necessary to apply fundamental rhetorical, literary, and pedagogical preparation necessary to a secondary education environment.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Students will demonstrate facility and adaptability in their approach to problem solving. In so doing, students will demonstrate critical thinking abilities and familiarity with quantitative and qualitative reasoning.

 English Literature Concentration: Students integrate literary and cultural analysis of a broad range of literary texts to produce critical, analytical writing that responds to questions of genre, character analyses, literary style, and historical significance of various American and British texts.

English Language Concentration: Students demonstrate critical thinking skills by the direct application of linguistic and descriptive tools to the study of the evolution and transformation of English as a global language.

Writing Concentration: Students demonstrate the critical thinking necessary for developing rhetorically precise, persuasive writing informed by thematic, generic, and rhetorical consideration.

Teacher Certification Concentration: Students demonstrate in projects and portfolios designed for the classroom those critical-thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for teaching the discipline in a classroom informed by a diverse, multicultural world.

Communication: Students will demonstrate the written, oral, and multimedia skills necessary to communicate effectively in diverse settings.

Students integrate written, oral, and multimedia skills to produce rhetorically sound essays, original creative works, and literary analyses that reflect rhetorical precision, clarity of thought and critical understanding of a wide range of historical, cultural, and ethnic texts and situations.