Learning Foundation courses at UNC Asheville offer students an opportunity to develop intellectual breadth and to lay the groundwork for their later studies. The mission of UNC Asheville’s First Year Writing course is to provide a concentrated classroom experience in the best practices of clear, effective writing. These include developing the ability to recognize and effectively employ composing processes in a variety of communication situations according to audience and purpose.
Through their participation in their classroom writing communities, students also engage closely with texts written by themselves, their classmates and professionals. Thus they hone their expressive, interpretive and critical abilities.
In addition, students expand and strengthen their research writing skills. They increase their abilities to pose good questions and to find and analyze valid sources to develop and inform their ideas. They practice appropriately integrating materials from these sources into their own writing using appropriate academic documentation conventions. Through these activities, students construct the foundation for their growth as writers throughout their academic careers and beyond.
The UNC Asheville First Year Writing course, Language 120, aligns itself with the best practices of teaching first year writing as articulated by the Writing Program Administrators (WPA)—the national, professional organization charged with establishing standards for the teaching of academic writing especially in composition programs. According to their Outcomes Statement, “learning to write is a complex process, both individual and social, that takes place over time with continued practice and informed guidance.” Thus, at the completion of Language 120, students must demonstrate competency as outlined in the course student learning outcomes, ratified by a final course grade of at least a C-.
Student Learning Outcomes, Language 120
At the completion of LANG 120, students will have developed writing processes to:
- Engage in critical inquiry and reflection: Discover and refine critical questions and problems and investigate them from multiple perspectives.
- Develop information literacy: Access, evaluate, and integrate relevant information from a variety of sources in an ethical manner.
- Communicate in rhetorically effective ways: Craft and revise written work marked by choices in focus, structure, and style appropriate for rhetorical purposes, audience expectations, and disciplinary conventions.
Students will not be accepted into already closed sections of LANG 120 classes except in special cases. Any such requests should be made to Dr. Deborah James, Director of First-Year Writing.