ELWR for Multilingual Students

All students who have not fulfilled the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) before entering UC Davis will be asked to complete the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey. Some students will be placed into courses specifically designed to support English language communication and writing. These language-intensive writing courses are a sequence: UWP 21 then UWP 22. Students who 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

Specific prerequisites for the language-intensive courses are as follows: 

  • UWP 21 requires placement by the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey.

  • UWP 22 requires placement by the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey OR successful (C- or better) completion of UWP 21.

  • UWP 7M is an ELWR-fulfilling course to provide support for advanced multilingual students. Multilingual students who place into the Entry Level Writing pathway through the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey OR successfully complete UWP 22 with a C- or better can opt to register for UWP 7M if they feel they need additional English language support in an ELWR-fulfilling class. Students may also opt out of UWP 7M in favor of a different ELWR-fulfilling course (UWP 7, etc.).

  • 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 to fulfill ELWR. 

All students who enter UC Davis without having fulfilled ELWR are given three quarters to complete the requirement. One additional quarter is given to students who place into UWP 22 (4 total) and two additional quarters are given to students who place into UWP 21 (5 total) for fulfilling ELWR. Summer quarters are not part of this total. 

*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 PATH1 placement through the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey 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 PATH2 placement through the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey 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. Multilingual students who receive a PATH3 placement through the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey OR successfully complete UWP 22 with a C- or better can opt to register for UWP 7M if they feel they need additional English language support in an ELWR-fulfilling class. 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.

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 and UWP 007 are equivalent courses that both fulfill ELWR. However, UWP 007M differs from UWP 007 in that it will provide more extensive support for multilingual students who need explicit English language support.