Written Communication in English

Written Communication in English courses are designed so that students will be prepared to develop written texts of varying lengths and styles that communicate effectively and appropriately across a variety of settings.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate mastery of the Written Communication in English general education core competency by being able to:

Respond to Rhetorical Situations

  • Identify and evaluate the specific audience and purpose in different writing situations, and adapt their writing appropriately to those situations.
  • Develop effective prose that influences attitudes, beliefs, and actions through appropriate logical, ethical, and emotional appeals.

Use Sources

  • Locate and evaluate sources appropriate to the rhetorical situation
  • Read, comprehend, and summarize an argument from a complex piece of writing.
  • Analyze, evaluate, and respond to an argument from a complex piece of writing.
  • Summarize, paraphrase, and quote accurately the ideas of others, clearly differentiating them from the students’ own ideas.
  • Synthesize and integrate others’ ideas purposefully and ethically, with correct and appropriate documentation.

Craft Logical Arguments

  • Generate a controlling idea or thesis.
  • Provide clear and logical evidence, support, or illustration for their assertions.
  • Choose appropriate and effective organizing methods, employing effective transitions and signposts.
  • Write a focused and sustained argument of at least 1500 words that demonstrates all of the written communication outcomes.

Apply Language Conventions

  • Use diction, tone, and level of formality appropriate to audience, purpose, and situation.
  • Apply the conventions of Standard English grammar, spelling, and mechanics.

Formulate Effective Writing Strategies

  • Develop flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proofreading their writing.
  • Reflect on and explain the effectiveness of their writing choices regarding the audience, purpose, and situation.


Basic Assessment Rubric: http://www.ct.edu/files/pdfs/tap-outcome-written.pdf

2021-22 Course List

The following Middlesex Community College courses are designated as fulfilling the Written Communication general education core competency. (For full course descriptions, hover over the “Numbers” below.)

CJS*290 Practicum in Criminal Justice
ENG*101 Composition
ENG*101E Composition (Embedded)
ENG*102 Literature and Composition
ENG*200 Advanced Composition
ENG*202 Technical Writing
ENG*210 Fiction
ENG*211 Short Story
ENG*213 Poetry
ENG*214 Drama
ENG*218 Autobiography
ENG*220 Studies in American Literature
ENG*221 American Literature I
ENG*222 American Literature II
ENG*231 British Literature I
ENG*232 British Literature II
ENG*233 Shakespeare I
ENG*234 Shakespeare II
ENG*241 World Literature I
ENG*242 World Literature II
ENG*262 Women in Literature
ENG*291 Mythology
ENG*298 Special Topics in English

 Business Internship/Co-Op courses
Additional Written Communication in English Courses for students who took BBG*294 or BBG*295 prior to the Fall 2017 semester

These two courses were previously designated as fulfilling the Written Communication in English general education core competency. Students matriculating in 2017-18 and later may not use these courses to fulfill the Written Communication in English general education core competency.  (For full course descriptions, hover over the underlined Numbers below)

BBG*294 Business Internship
BBG*295 Cooperative Work Experience