UWP 21

Introduction to Academic Reading & Writing for Multilingual Students (4)

Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Pass One placed in the course via the Writing Placement Survey (WPS); students receiving a PATH1 designation are placed in UWP 021, the first course in the sequence. Reading and writing paragraphs and short multi-paragraph texts for academic purposes. Suitable for students whose primary home language was not English.

Course Goals & Student Outcomes:

Course Goals

Upon completion of this course, students will understand how to . . . .

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to . . .

Identify and apply reading strategies

(a) Apply strategies for understanding language and structure of unfamiliar text (highlighting, underlining, and/or comments in the margin).

(b) Demonstrate comprehension of sources (visual + textual) by identifying specific features and/or patterns (similarities, differences, and/or unique ideas)

Identify and apply writing strategies

(a) Identify and experiment with different writing and rhetorical strategies (words or word phrases that are used to convey meaning) for short compositions, from invention through editing (brainstorming, pre-writing, drafting, revising, and proofreading).

(b) Determine how well writing products meet expectations (of their audience and the genre or type of writing)

Use evidence to achieve purpose

(a) Develop strategies to contextualize analysis (understand the purpose and setting of an analysis) and [the type of] evidence within the purpose of a composition

(b) Demonstrate understanding of attribution of sources (acceptable summary, paraphrase, and quotation).

Use language to achieve purpose

(a) Compose a variety of sentence structures (simple, compound, complex) to fulfill a purpose and to engage a reader

(b) Develop vocabulary for reading and for writing (build vocabulary from readings into your writing)

(c) Develop strategies to correct own errors and understand why they occur 

(d) Understand and apply language structures commonly used in written analysis

(e) Apply appropriate register and tone for a genre


In this course students will….

  • Write 3-4 paragraphs (approx. 250 words each),  one multi-paragraph purpose-driven writing response, and one short IMRD paper
  • Develop academic paragraph structure through:
    • using effective topic sentences
    • focusing a paragraph on just one main idea --organizing a paragraph logically
    • supporting arguments with details and examples
  • Write a total of at least 3500 words of graded writing (paragraphs, analysis paper, IMRD paper, final exam, reading responses, reflection memos, homework)
  • Practice academic reading strategies (such as identifying a purpose for reading, previewing a text, determining main ideas)
  • Apply annotation and brainstorming strategies when reading assigned material and planning writing
  • Develop and apply vocabulary learning strategies to their assigned reading tasks and maintain a self-directed vocabulary journal
  • Appropriately quote, summarize, and paraphrase ideas from class readings in their own texts
  • Accurately use content-specific vocabulary in assigned writing tasks
  • Demonstrate observable improvement in remediating individual patterns of grammar errors