Lower-Division StudentsThe 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
• What is the lab I'm signed up for and does it meet weekly?
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)?
• How do I sign up for a workshop?
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?
• When are the workshops?
• Is there a quiz in the AERC Workshops?
• How will my professor know that I attended?
• Can I attend AERC Workshops even if my instructor does not require them?