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Language and Literature

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.

Learning Outcomes

English Learning Outcomes

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.

Foreign Language Learning Outcomes

Foundational Learning Outcomes for the Foreign Languages Program

  • Students will convey and receive messages based on the three modes of communication: interpersonal, or two-way interaction with someone else; interpretive, the ability to understand a one-way aural or written text; and presentational, the ability to present information in either a written or oral format.
  • Students will understand the culture of the people who speak the target language through learning about the products and practices of the culture and how those relate to the perspectives of the people of that culture.
  • Students will access knowledge in other disciplines through the target language and reinforce concepts already learned in these disciplines in the language classroom.
  • Students will gain insight into their own language and culture, thus providing them with a deeper understanding of how language works and how cultures reflect the perspectives, practices and products of the people who speak that language.

Spanish Language, Literature and Civilization Concentration

  • Students will demonstrate Spanish language arts concepts that specifically include literature, cultural texts, language and writing.
  • Students will read print and non-print texts from various periods and genres to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking countries and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment.
  • Students will apply strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate and appreciate texts.
  • Students will draw on their knowledge of the major traditions of literature, prior experience, interactions with other readers and writers, knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, word-identification strategies and understanding of textual features (sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).
  • Students will adjust their spoken, written and visual language to communicate effectively in Spanish for different audiences and purposes.
  • Students will conduct research by generating ideas and questions and by posing problems.
  • Students will gather, evaluate and synthesize data from a variety of sources (print and non-print texts, artifacts, people, databases, computer networks, video) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.
  • Students will develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in Spanish language use, patterns and dialects across Spanish-speaking cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions and social roles.
  • Students will participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of Spanish-speaking communities within the United States and abroad.

Spanish in the Professions Concentration

  • Students will read print and non-print texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking countries and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment.
  • Students will apply strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate and appreciate texts.
  • Students will draw on their prior experience, interactions with other readers and writers, knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, word-identification strategies, and understanding of textual features (sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).
  • Students will adjust their use of spoken, written and visual language to communicate effectively in Spanish for different audiences and purposes.
  • Students will conduct research by generating ideas and questions and by posing problems.
  • Students will gather, evaluate and synthesize data from various sources (print and non-print texts, artifacts, people, databases, computer networks, video) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.
  • Students will develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in Spanish language use, patterns and dialects across Spanish-speaking cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions and social roles.
  • Students will participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative and critical members of Spanish-speaking communities within the United States and abroad.

Curriculum Maps

English and Foreign Language Curriculum Maps

If you would like to learn more about what you can expect from the programs, please review the following: