The Academic English Writing Program (AEWP) – formerly ESL Composition Program – is committed to enhancing the intellectual and cultural lives of its undergraduate and graduate students by offering theoretically grounded instruction in the refinement of critical thinking and effective communication.
Writing is approached as a recursive process, involving critical reading, multiple drafts, feedback from instructor and peers, revision, and reflection. Assignments include multiple genres of academic text and the responsible use of intellectual property.
Courses emphasize the development of information literacy, rhetorical choices, audience awareness, and collaborative learning. The program respects and celebrates diversity of languages and perspectives and works to empower multilingual students to effectively share their ideas with their local, academic, and global communities.
Undergraduate students who complete the AEWP sequence will enter a Writing and Information Literacy course (ENG 1110 recommended) to further refine their skills.
Graduate students often write their MA or PhD exams and thesis soon after completing the AEWP sequence. The Academic English Writing Program also offers elective courses, EDUTL 6911, 6912, and 6913, to support graduate students as they complete work for their program.