Writing Programs

English as a Second Language
Lower-Division Courses

19. Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars. (1) Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

20. Conversation and Fluency. (4) (Formerly numbered 32.) Lecture, four hours. Emphasis on speaking fluently in English by examining rules of conversation, participating actively in class discussions, making group presentations, and completing out-of-class assignments designed to promote interaction with native speakers and familiarize international students with UCLA campus and local community. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

21. Pronunciation. (4) Lecture, four hours. Designed to improve clarity, accuracy, and understanding of spoken English through study and practice of pronunciation features as they occur in real speech, using models from television, movies, and online talks. Emphasis on individualized feedback through audiorecording and videorecording technology. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

22. Public Speaking. (4) Lecture, four hours. Emphasis on making presentations, interacting with audience members, and leading group discussions. Videorecording of student performances to allow students to improve through self and peer evaluation, as well as through individualized instructor feedback. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

23. American Culture through Film. (4) Lecture, four hours. Designed to improve listening comprehension and discussion skills by viewing and analyzing variety of American films. Emphasis on understanding and using idiomatic language, expanding vocabulary, recognizing dialect differences, and reflecting on cultural similarities and differences. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

24. Preparation for American Universities. (4) Lecture, four hours. Designed for international students planning to study at American universities. Students research suitable undergraduate or graduate programs, interview advisers at local universities, and learn to write effective personal statements. Additional focus on academic reading, vocabulary, and speaking skills. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

25. Academic Reading and Writing. (4) Lecture, four hours. Designed to improve reading speed, comprehension, and knowledge of academic writing conventions. Emphasis on synthesizing information from sources, providing proper citations, and avoiding plagiarism. Focus on development of ability to revise and edit one's own writing. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

26. Business Communication: Speaking. (4) Lecture, four hours. Emphasis on giving business and marketing-focused presentations (both individual and group), handling audience questions, and running effective meetings. Videorecording of student performances to allow students to improve through self-evaluation, as well as through individualized instructor feedback. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

27. Business Communication: Writing. (4) Lecture, four hours. Emphasis on writing persuasive texts for diverse business audiences. Topics include writing effective summaries and reports, researching companies, and developing professional online profile. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

28. English through Language, Culture, and Society. (4) Lecture, four hours. Survey of selective language structures through their occurrence within contemporary cultural and societal topics within thematic, content-based English language learning environment. Focus on understanding and applying these structures to improve fluency while enhancing critical thinking skills. Meaningful discussions in conjunction with salient written/spoke assignments that situate language within authentic contexts. Topics may include gender, sexuality, politics, humor, intercultural communication, media, environmental issues, and local/regional identities. P/NP or letter grading.

89. Honors Seminars. (1) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to lower-division lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

89HC. Honors Contracts. (1) Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to lower-division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

97A. Variable Topics in English as a Second Language. (4) Lecture, four hours. Specialized topics in English as second language or English for academic purposes. Emphasis varies according to topics covered and/or audience to whom course is directed. May be repeated for credit with topic change. Offered in summer only. P/NP (undergraduates), S/U (graduates), or letter grading.

97B. Variable Topics in English as a Second Language. (2) Lecture, two hours. Enforced requisite: course 33B or proficiency demonstrated on English as a Second Language Placement Examination. Specialized topics in English as second language or English for academic purposes. Emphasis varies according to topics covered and/or audience to whom course is directed. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP (undergraduates), S/U (graduates), or letter grading.

99. Student Research Program. (1 to 2) Tutorial (supervised research or other scholarly work), three hours per week per unit. Entry-level research for lower-division students under guidance of faculty mentor. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in minimum of 12 units (excluding this course). Individual contract required; consult Undergraduate Research Center. May be repeated. P/NP grading.