Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Undergraduates whose written performance on the statewide AWPE exam or the campus-administered English Language Placement Exam indicates that they need specialized EMS instruction are placed into one of three pre- Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) courses (Linguistics 3A, 3B, 3C) or into the ELWR course Linguistics 12. These required courses provide instruction and practice in academic reading, writing and oral skills needed for university-level work.

EMS/Linguistics 3A is graded pass/no pass. EMS/Linguistics 3B and 3C are letter graded only. Linguistics 12 offers credit toward degree and can be taken for a letter grade only.

EMS/Linguistics 8 develops oral skills specifically; enrollment requires approval, and interested students should contact the EMS Business Officer, Josie Patterson for more information or for permission to enroll.

For more details on undergraduate courses, see below:

EMS/LINGUISTICS 3A: Academic English
(4 units; credit towards degree; pass/no pass)

First of three levels intended to develop proficiency in university-level reading and writing. Emphasizes applying critical approaches to reading, practicing writing in a variety of academic styles, and developing grammatical and lexical resources appropriate to a university setting.

EMS/LINGUISTICS 3B: Academic English
(4 units; letter grade only)

Second level in a three-course series intended to develop proficiency in university-level reading and writing. Emphasizes applying critical approaches to reading, practicing writing in a variety of academic styles, and developing grammatical and lexical resources appropriate to a university setting.

EMS/LINGUISTICS 3C: Academic English
(4 units; letter grade only)

Third level in a three-course series intended to develop proficiency in university-level reading and writing. Emphasizes applying critical approaches to reading, practicing writing in a variety of academic styles, and developing grammatical and lexical resources appropriate to a university setting.

EMS/LINGUISTICS 8: Oral Communication for Multilingual Undergraduate Students
(3 units; letter grade or P/NP option)

Develops oral skills to help multilingual students, especially international students, participate in classroom activities and engage in campus life. Activities include group discussions, group presentations, interviews, and language focus on vocabulary and pronunciation.

EMS/LINGUISTICS 12: Approaches to University Writing for Multilingual Students
(4 units; letter grade only)

Principles of critical reading, thinking and writing in the university. Students analyze academic discourse, develop rhetorical strategies for exposition and argument, practice examination writing, and write and revise papers. Completion of C or better meets Entry Level Writing Requirement. 

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Undergraduate Course Schedules

Fall 2017 EMS Course Schedule

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