ELWR for Multilingual Students

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Some multilingual international and domestic students who have not fulfilled the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) before entering UC Davis will be asked to complete the English Language Testing Questionnaire. As a result of the questionnaire some students may be directed to take the English Language Placement Exam (ELPE), a free online diagnostic tool used to determine if a multilingual student needs a language-intensive writing course as they pursue ELWR fulfillment.

Currently, students who take the ELPE and are placed into a language-intensive writing course (UWP 21 or 22) are not eligible to enroll in an ELWR fulfilling course until they complete those language-intensive writing courses determined by their placement as directed by UC Davis Academic Senate Regulation 521e.

ELPE Placement Scores

UWP 21 60-67
UWP 22 70-77
UWP 7M 80-87
UWP 7 or other ELWR course 90-97
Referred to AWPE 100
  • UWP 7, WLD 57E,  WR 39A, and the “A” Co-courses have NO prerequisites for enrollment  by students who have not fulfilled ELWR. Only the multilingual-specific courses have prerequisites.  Students must meet the criteria to qualify for UWP 7M, but not for the other ELWR fulfilling courses.

  • UWP 22 requires placement by ELPE (see scores above) or successful (C- or better) completion of UWP 21.

  • UWP 7M requires placement by ELPE (see scores above) or successful (C- or better) completion of UWP 22. NOTE: UWP 7M is the repeat course for those who did not pass UWP 23 with a C- or better.

  • UWP 7M and 7 are not interchangeable. Students need to meet the course prerequisites to take UWP 7M. 

  • Students can take UWP 21 and UWP 22 for a P/NP grade. UWP 7M must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a C or higher. 

*If you took the ELPE before 2019, please reference our FAQ page for ELWR timeline information.

UWP 21: Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing for Multilingual Students

Students who receive a score of 69 or below on the  English Language Placement Exam (ELPE) are placed into UWP 21. UWP 21 is limited to 18 students per section and is taught by highly experienced instructors who specialize in working with the writing of multilingual students. This course focuses on developing critical thinking and academic reading and writing skills necessary to analyze information. Students gain an awareness of their strengths and needs for writing clearly in academic English. If students are placed into UWP 21, they must satisfy the ELWR by the end of Winter quarter, second year.

UWP 22: Intermediate Academic Reading and Writing for Multilingual Students

Students who pass UWP 21 with a C- or higher OR receive a score of 70-79 on the English Language Placement Exam (ELPE)  are placed into UWP 22. UWP 22 is limited to 18 students per section and is taught by highly experienced instructors who specialize in working with the writing of multilingual students. This course helps students develop reading and writing strategies to understand and work with sources across genres. Students practice writing in various contexts with increasing complexity and clarity. If students are placed into UWP 22, they must satisfy ELWR by the end of Fall quarter, second year.

Entry Level Writing Requirement Fulfilling Courses for Multilingual Students:

UWP 007m: Practices in College Reading and Writing for Multilingual Writers

UWP 007m is a face-to-face, 4 unit credit-bearing course taught by writing faculty at UC Davis. Students arrive at this course through campus placement (using the English Language Placement Exam or Analytical Writing Placement Exam) or after successful completion of UWP 022. The small class size of 18 students allows for the development of multilingual writers' composition and English language skills across genres and disciplines. The course integrates college-level reading, critical thinking, and written communication, using texts from across the curriculum. UWP 023 has been discontinued; students who successfully completed UWP 022 have the option to take UWP 007 or UWP 007m as their ELWR fulfilling course.

Students who successfully completed UWP 023 cannot enroll in UWP 007m; as they are equivalent courses. Students who successfully completed UWP 023 before summer 2019 but still need to fulfill ELWR, MUST enroll in an ELWR course other than UWP 007m.

PREREQUISITES: Enrollment via campus placement (using the English Language Placement Exam or Analytical Writing Placement Exam) or after successful completion of UWP 022.

NOTE: P/NP grade mode is not permitted if the course will be used for satisfaction of the ELWR. Students must take the course for a letter grade and receive a C or higher to fulfill ELWR. 

NOTE: UWP 007m is also similar to the ELWR course, UWP 007, but UWP 007m differs from UWP 007 in that UWP 007m will provide more extensive support for multilingual students who need explicit English language support.