Courses

ELWR 1

This course focuses on developing your critical thinking, reading, and writing abilities. You will learn how to summarize complicated texts via quoting and paraphrasing; you will also learn how to advance and to support interesting claims of your own. As you write and revise your work, you will acquire methods for organizing your ideas into more cogent paragraphs and will develop strategies for producing clearer, more effective sentences. At the end of the course, you will produce a portfolio of work that will be used to determine whether or not you are ready to enter the College Writing Programs.
The Senate regulations give you three quarters in which to satisfy the requirement. If you have not done so, you will not be eligible to enroll for a fourth quarter at the university.
If you are confused about how many terms you can take to complete ELWR 1, see the ELWR page.

ELWR 2A-2B

If your first language is not English, you can enroll in ELWR 2A-2B prior to attempting ELWR 1. The stretch course (ELWR 2A and 2B) is a two-quarter course for ELL (English Language Learner) students who would benefit from the additional practice and feedback that two quarters of instruction allows.

ELWR 2A-2B is designed to address the particular writing needs of writers for whom English is not a first language. This course focuses on developing your critical thinking, reading, and writing skills, paying special attention to differences between the practices you employ when writing in your first language and the practices you will need to develop in order to write for an academic audience.

You will learn how to summarize complicated texts via quoting and paraphrasing; you will also learn how to advance and support interesting claims of your own. As you write and revise your work, you will acquire methods for organizing your ideas into more cogent paragraphs and will develop strategies for producing clearer, more effective sentences. You will also be expected to keep a log of grammatical errors and to track your improvement on this front.

Students enrolled in ELWR 2A will receive a grade of IP (In Progress) at the end of the term and must take ELWR 2B the following term, with the same instructor. At the end of ELWR 2B, students will submit their portfolio for evaluation. If the portfolio demonstrates readiness for College Writing, the student will pass directly to College Writing. If the portfolio does not demonstrate readiness for College Writing, the student will enroll in ELWR 1 the following term. Students will not be able to repeat the 2A-2B sequence. Students can take up to three consecutive quarters of ELWR 1 as outlined above.

If you are confused about how many terms you are allowed in order to complete your ELWR, see the ELWR page.