WAE: Writing Academic English

WAE 190: Intermediate Writing Academic English

A course for students who have attained a degree of fluency in speaking English but need additional training in reading and writing skills. Beginning with basic sentence patterns and working toward paragraph development and eventually essays, each student has the opportunity to practice many different varieties of writing. May be repeated but counts only once toward graduation. Writing placement score determines placement in the course. A through F grading only. The Pass/No Credit option may not be used.

Prerequisite: A score of 1 on the writing assessment

3 credits

WAE 192: High Intermediate Writing Academic English

The purpose of the course is to provide students with writing experiences designed to help them express ideas effectively in sentences and paragraphs. It strives to develop students' writing skills through the use of the dictionary, practicing structures of written English, and learning to edit in preparation for advanced editing in WES 194. To accomplish these goals, students work on expanding their English competence on the sentence level, work on expanding their vocabulary through reading and use of the dictionary, work on strategies that promote independence and editing of their writing and complete many short writing assignments. Grammar proficiency tests are administered throughout the semester. These tests emphasize the use of particular grammatical points in the context of a creative effort on the part of the student. A final exam is administered that is judged by a committee composed of ESL writing instructors. The committee decides if the student possesses the skills necessary to succeed in ESL 194. A through F grading only. The Pass/No Credit option may not be used.

Prerequisite: A score of 1.5 on the writing assessment or a grade of C or better in WAE 190

3 credits

WAE 194: Advanced Writing Academic English

Advanced training in writing for ESL students who need to concentrate on paragraph and essay development. The course deals with the development of a variety of essay genres, including the personal narrative, summary/response and argumentation/persuasion. Key grammar points are reviewed and are expected to be mastered. May be repeated but counts only once toward graduation. Writing placement score or successful completion of ESL 192 determines placement in the course. A through F grading only. The Pass/No Credit option may not be used.

Prerequisite: A score of 2 on the writing assessment or a grade of C or better in WAE 192

3 credits