Lower-Division StudentsThe Program in Academic English offers a number of courses and services to lower-division students. We offer writing courses (Academic English 20A-C), a course in reading and vocabulary development (Academic English 22A), and a course specifically designed to build students’ knowledge of the grammar of academic English (Academic English 28). We also provide students with assessments, guidance, and web-based resources. Lower-division students frequently comment that the reading and writing demands of UCI courses are more challenging than their high school courses. Our Program offers English language services and resources that are designed to help them develop the academic English they require to succeed at UCI.
Academic English 20A-B-C and 22A courses are for students who have been admitted to UCI and whose scores on the Academic English Placement Test indicate the need for additional work in English as a Second Language.
Lower-Division Writing Requirement
Academic English students must complete the lower-division writing requirement before the beginning of the seventh quarter following the completion of their AE courses or they will be subject to probation.
AERC Workshops - Frequently Asked Questions
• What is the lab I'm signed up for and does it meet weekly?
The Specialized Writing Workshops cover various writing-related topics and you can choose which ones you would like to attend. Your instructor may recommend one to you. You earn credit for attending the Specialized WritingWorkshops, but not the Grammar ones.
• Are there special AERC workshops just for my level (for instance,Academic English 20A)?
• How do I sign up for a workshop?
AERC Grammar Workshop link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0a4da8a62caa8-aerc
AERC Specialized Writing Workshop link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0a4da8a62caa8-aerc3
• Do the sign up links for the workshops change every week?
• When is the best time to sign up for the workshop if I want to make sure I get a seat?
• What time should I arrive? What happens if I am late?
• What do I need to bring to AERC?
• How will my professor know that I attended?
In the Grammar Workshops, you will take a make-up quiz that will be returned to your instructor within a few days. Your instructor will then show you your quiz results in class soon after.
You will receive an attendance slip for Specialized Writing Workshops. You should keep all attendance slips and follow your instructor's directions on whether to put them in your portfolio or how to turn them in.
• What if the score I get on the AERC grammar quiz is lower than my quiz score in class?
• Is there a quiz in a Specialized Writing Workshop?
• Can I attend AERC even if my professor did not send me? For example, if I received a score of 85% but I would like to improve my score and get a 100%, can I go to AERC and retake the quiz?
• Does it matter if I was sent to a Grammar Workshop but attended a Specialized Writing workshop instead?