Placement & Academic English Courses

As an international student, you will take 1) an ESL assessment, if English is not your primary language; and 2) a writing placement test given by the School of Liberal Arts.  The ESL Coordinator looks at your test results and entry data and works with the Writing Director to assess your language proficiency and advise you on which English course is best for you. 

The ESL Coordinator supervises the placement and registration of ESL students, coordinates academic support for students enrolled in the ESL curriculum, and monitors student performance and progress throughout the curriculum. 

If you have any questions about English course placement, the ESL curriculum, or other issues related to language skills, please contact Melanie Boston, ESL Coordinator, (215) 717-6822 or mboston@uarts.edu.

Here is a description of the courses you might possibly be placed into:

LACR 008 – ESL: Academic English

LACR 008 prepares students for whom English is a second language to produce the kinds of writing and presentations expected of them on the college level, and to improve their reading and critical thinking skills.  This course focuses on prose techniques. Students will learn to respond in writing and speaking to readings and to the work of other students.  The workshop format engages students in collaborative learning activities.  A student who successfully completes this course usually enters the LACR 100 section tailored for ESL students.

Credits for LACR 008 do not count toward graduation.
Credits: 3 credits, 6 hours

LACR 009 – Fundamentals of Composition I

This course is designed to help students improve reading, writing, and study skills. The emphasis is on the technical aspects of writing, specifically grammar, punctuation, spelling, and paragraph construction, along with reading comprehension, vocabulary, sentence structure, logical relationships, and usage. Students may work on particular problem areas in Academic Support Services. Students who pass LACR 009 enter LACR 100. On rare occasions, a student may pass, with the instructor's recommendation, from 009 to LACR 102. Such a student must take an additional LA elective to fulfill the 42 credit requirement in Liberal Arts. Enrollment in LACR 009 is based on performance on a placement test.

Credits for LACR 009 do not count toward graduation.
Credits: 3 credits, 6 hours

LACR 100 – Fundamentals of Composition II

Continuation of LACR 009. Successful completion of this course counts for credit toward graduation and permits the student to enter LACR 102 in the following semester.

Prerequisites & Notes
Prerequisite: LACR 009
Credits: 3 credits, 6 hours

LACR 100 – Fundamentals of Composition II - ESL

This is the dedicated ESL section of LACR 100.  Successful completion of this course counts for credit toward graduation and permits the student to enter LACR 102 in the following semester.

Prerequisites & Notes
Prerequisite: LACR 008 or 009
Credits: 3 credits, 6 hours

LACR 101 – First Year Writing I

First part of a year-long writing, reading and research course that teaches the fundamental skills of the responsible student-scholar. Students practice the kinds of academic writing, textual analysis, and library and Internet research required of university students and curious learners of any age. The first term explores writing from literature, philosophy, and art.

Prerequisites & Notes
Enrollment in BS, BFA, or BM degree program required. Successful completion of LACR 009 or LACR 008 where required as a result of English placement exam.
Credits: 3 credits, 3 hours

LACR 102 – First Year Writing II

Continuation of LACR 101. During this term an inquiry-based research paper is the focus. A similar curriculum is examined in the context of history, literature, theory, philosophy, and art from a chosen period.

Prerequisites & Notes
Prerequisite: LACR 101 or LACR 008/009 and LACR 100
Credits: 3 credits, 3 hours