Lower-Division Students

The Program in Global Languages & Communication 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 have been placed into writing and/or reading courses via the 2021 UCI Writing Placement Process.

***For Academic Year 2021-2022: all new freshmen students are being placed into their writing courses based on information from their admissions data. For students who have not yet satisfied the Entry Level Writing requirement (ELWR), the 2021 Writing Placement Process is required to determine appropriate reading and writing course placements. For more information, please visit the Testing Center’s website (https://testingcenter.uci.edu/programs/placement-testing/writing-placement/).

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

AERC Workshop Flyer

• What is the lab I'm signed up for and does it meet weekly?

The Academic English Resource Center (AERC) Workshops are considered the 1-unit Lab component of your Academic English (AE) 20A-C courses. These interactive workshops are designed to provide students with additional support on important aspects of academic skills not typically covered in 20A-C courses.

You are not required to attend all workshops offered every week. AERC offers two parallel tracks of workshops to provide you with a range of options based on your interests and academic goals. You can select the ones you would like to attend.

Your instructor may recommend one to you. You can earn credit for attending the workshops based on your instructor’s course policies and recommendations.

• Are there special AERC workshops just for my level (for instance,Academic English 20A)?

No. All Academic English (AE) 20A-C students are welcome to attend all workshops.

• How do I sign up for a workshop?

You don’t need to sign up for a workshop. You can simply select the workshop you want to attend posted on Canvas. It is expected that you attend each workshop from the beginning through to the end (about 1 hour) during the week it is available.

In addition, there will be live Question and Answer (Q&A) sessions offered the week after each workshop is available. Students may choose to attend these sessions in-person or via Zoom.

Please see AERC Workshops flyer for more details.

• What materials do I need for the AERC Workshops?

You will need a computer with reliable access to the internet. No textbook is required.

• When are the workshops?

Workshops are accessible weekly on Canvas (from 12am on Monday until 11:59pm on Sunday). You must attend the workshop during the week it is scheduled. Each workshop should take approximately 1 hour to complete; as such, please plan to attend starting no later than 11pm on Sunday.

• Is there a quiz in the AERC Workshops?

You will need to attend the workshop and complete the embedded quizzes. The workshop presenters will provide you with instructions on how to collect attendance proof to show your instructor. Your instructor will provide more information about submission guidelines and due dates for receiving credit.

• How will my professor know that I attended?

You will need to attend the workshop and complete the embedded quizzes. The workshop presenters will provide you with instructions on how to collect attendance proof to show your instructor. Your instructor will provide more information about submission guidelines and due dates for receiving credit.

• Can I attend AERC Workshops even if my instructor does not require them?

Yes. The workshops are open to all Academic English 20A-C students.

• Who do I contact if I have questions/concerns?

Please contact:
Dr. Hyun Joo (Sandy) Oh: hyunjooo@uci.edu
Dr. Brandy Trygstad: b.trygstad@uci.edu 
Dr. Ha Ram (Hannah) Kim: haramk2@uci.edu