Undergraduate Course Descriptions and Writing Placement Scores

Mission:  The purpose of Writing Academic English courses is to provide matriculated undergraduate students whose native language is not English with the necessary skills to write at the college level. Students are initially enrolled based on writing placement scores.  The ultimate goal of each 3-credit course is for the student to advance to the next level until the proficiency necessary to succeed in the mainstream writing program has been reached.

 


WAE 190 - Intermediate Writing Academic English: The purpose of WAE 190 is to provide students with writing experiences designed to help them express ideas effectively in sentences.  It strives to develop students' writing skills through the use of the dictionary, practicing structures of written English, and learning to proofread in preparation for advanced editing in WAE 192.  To accomplish these goals, students work on expanding their English competence on the sentence level, work on expanding their vocabulary through reading and the use of the dictionary, work on strategies that promote independence and proofreading 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 PAE writing instructors.  This course is graded A-F.  A grade below a C requires the student to repeat the course.  A grade of C or better requires the student to advance to WAE 192.                                                                                                       Prerequisite:  Writing Placement Score  1 


WAE 192 - High Intermediate Writing Academic English: The purpose of WAE 192 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 WAE 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 and one informal essay.  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 students.  A final exam is administered that is judged by a committee composed of PAE writing instructors. This course is graded A-F.  A grade below a C requires the student to repeat the course.  A grade of C or better requires the student to advance to WAE 194.  Prerequisite:  Writing Placement Score 1 or successful completion of WAE 190                                             


WAE 194 - Advanced Writing Academic English:  The purpose of WAE 194 is to provide students with writing experiences designed to improve their academic writing skills through the process of prewriting, drafting, editing and revising.  It also strives to build confidence, fluency and grammatical correctness in students' writing and it serves as preparation for WRT 101.  To accomplish these goals, students keep a journal, work on expanding their English competence on the sentence level, work on strategies that promote independence and self-evaluation of their writing, complete many short writing assignments and produce at least two longer revised essays. Grammar proficiency tests and a midterm 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.  The final exam, a process writing essay, is judged by a committee composed of PAE writing instructors  This course is graded A-F.  A grade below a C requires the student to repeat the course.  A grade of C or better requires the student to advance to WRT 101.     Prerequisite:  Writing Placement Score 2 or successful completion of WAE 192