Core Courses in English and Literature

ENGL 11: PURPOSIVE COMMUNICATION

Purposive Communication is a three-unit course that develops students’ communicative and rhetorical competence through multimodal tasks suited to a multilingual and multicultural audience in a local or global context. It equips students with tools for critical evaluation of a variety of texts and focuses on the power of language and the impact of images to emphasize the importance of conveying messages responsibly.  Following a process-oriented approach to teaching communication, it offers extensive language use and practice and promotes opportunities for problem sensing and problem solving. Students are provided different venues to apply knowledge of rhetoric in creating communication materials that address real-world issues.

ENLIT 12: GLOBAL VOICES & ENCOUNTERS

A prolific body of literature exists depicting the drama of global encounters, where different cultures and perspectives play out the dynamics of conflict and search for human understanding.

This course surveys representative texts in poetry, fiction, and drama revealing important facets of global society through cultural diversity, conflict resolution, and dialogical interaction. With close attention to genre conventions and various literary modes, students survey a range of global cultural traditions and ideas, in view of honoring cultural diversity, expanding personal horizons, and fostering global citizenship.

EN 11: COMMUNICATION IN ENGLISH I
Communication in English (CIE) I is a course designed to develop communicative skills necessary for academic study at the university level. While it is focused on (but not limited to) the development of reading and writing skills across the curriculum, the course also develops skills primarily intended for the improvement and application of students' critical thinking skills.
As a foundational writing composition course, CIE I uses a task-based learning strategy as its basic approach to language learning. This is carried out and achieved through a set of highly-focused, well-structured problem-posing activities which provide learners with opportunities for language use and production. These activities are designed to provide students with skills needed in other courses in the core curriculum and in their specific degree programs.

EN 12: COMMUNICATION IN ENGLISH II
Communication in English (CIE) II is a course designed to further develop communicative skills necessary for academic study at the university level. While it is focused on (but not limited to) the development of reading and writing skills across the curriculum, the course also develops skills primarily intended for the improvement and application of students' higher order thinking skills in academic writing.
As an advanced writing composition course, CIE II uses a task-based learning strategy as its basic approach to language learning. This is carried out and achieved through a set of highly-focused, well-structured problem-posing activities which provide learners with opportunities for language use and production. These activities are designed to provide students with skills needed for academic and research writing in other courses in the core curriculum and in their specific degree programs.

LIT 13: INTRODUCTION TO FICTION
A study of the modes, conventions, and uses of fiction through the short story and the novel. In exploring vital connections among culture, history, and fiction, the course presents a range of reading strategies related to the mode (realism, magic realism, fabulation, and metafiction), the form (plot, character, setting, point of view, theme) , and the individual and social functions of fiction.

LIT 14: INTRODUCTION TO POETRY AND DRAMA
This course is an introduction to poetry and drama and English. The course will train students in the analysis, evaluation, and appreciation of drama by familiarizing them with the elements, forms, and practices of this genres. By the end of the course, the students should be able to read, understand, appreciate poetry and drama, and express this understanding in an effective literary paper.