Pre-ELWR English for Multilingual Students Pathway

Pre-ELWR English for Multilingual Students Pathway Information (UWP 21 and 22)

The pre-ELWR English for multilingual students pathway involves two courses in a sequence. This information helps you understand these pre-ELWR courses and what they offer.

What will you learn?
Courses in the Pre-ELWR English for Multilingual Students (EMS) pathway support English learners in their development of English language and writing skills. Every student in an EMS class reads, writes, speaks, and understands another language. In these courses, you will read and complete assignments that prepare you for a course that fulfills the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). 

How will you learn?
Students in UWP 21 and UWP 22 build writing, reading, language, and critical thinking skills throughout the quarter. It’s common for students in UWP 21 and UWP 22 to participate in individual work, group work, and peer feedback workshops. 

UWP 21 begins with a focus on paragraph writing and basic analysis. Students find common features among a group of readings and write about them. UWP 21 students will then write a longer response to practice developing more complex ideas to achieve a writing goal. 

A common writing assignment in UWP 21 is an analysis of several responses to a question. Students write about how the responses show patterns or unique features and then draw conclusions about these results.

Students in UWP 21 develop: 

  • Skills at different stages of a writing process, including decision-making, drafting, giving and receiving feedback, revising, and finalizing a project 
  • Vocabulary and grammar knowledge to expand sentence variety and style to fulfill a writing purpose
  • Language to ask and answer questions in writing
  • Ways of understanding college-level reading assignments 
  • Critical thinking skills to analyze information and write about its features
  • Awareness of common errors and ways to correct them.

UWP 22 focuses on writing about sources (an article, a website, etc.). Students will discuss and write about the decisions made by the authors of source materials. Students will practice analyzing and integrating source materials into their own writing. In this process, they also learn ways to give credit to sources they use in their writing. 

A common assignment in UWP 22 is a source analysis. Students examine specific features in a source, such as how a writer uses language, evidence, and persuasive techniques to meet readers' needs.

A common writing assignment in UWP 22 asks students to analyze a source and respond to the content and/or perspectives expressed in that source. 

Students in UWP 22 develop: 

  • An understanding of how writers in various fields use sources in their writing
  • Language that helps them communicate about sources in writing
  • Confidence in choosing sources to use in their writing
  • Knowledge of how to cite sources in academic papers
  • Awareness of their own strengths and needs with academic writing in English
  • Strategies that help them read difficult texts more efficiently. 

Students in UWP 21 and UWP 22 also complete a series of grammar practice activities that help them to learn how to notice patterns of errors and correct them. 

What course will you take?
UWP 21 comes before UWP 22 in a sequence. Students who place into UWP 21 will complete the course before moving onto UWP 22. Students who place into UWP 22 will complete the course before taking an ELWR-fulfilling course such as UWP 7M. 

A flowchart explaining the sequence of course in the Pre-ELWR EMS Pathway