Wilkes University

University Preparatory Program

The mission of the University Preparatory Program (UPP) is to provide international students with the necessary skills and strategies required to effectively transition to and succeed in an academic, collegiate environment. The program offers participating students the ability to expand upon and refine their core set of academic skills, while fostering an appreciation of educational growth and diversity, necessary to contribute to the global, learning community. Students earn 12 credits towards their undergraduate degree while obtaining the English language skills needed to succeed at University.

Academic Component Program Outcomes:

1. Students will demonstrate critical thinking and analysis in written and oral communication.
2. Students will demonstrate understanding of academic vocabulary and content.
3. Students will produce advanced grammatical structures in spoken and written academic discourse.
4. Students will demonstrate ability to properly format academic writing.
5. Students will effectively analyze, paraphrase and synthesize information.
6. Students will formulate ideas, proposals, solutions, or arguments, independently and collaboratively.

Courses

ESL-100 Reading and Writing
3 Credits
This course focuses on the connection between critical thinking and academic reading and writing skills necessary to analyze academic texts and produce collegiate level compositions. It emphasizes the utilization of reading comprehension strategies and writing process skills to respond to various readings and to develop vocabulary expansion. This course also requires a research paper which utilizes the basic formatting and referencing of sources using MLA style documentation.

ESL-102 Listening and Speaking
3 Credits
This course is a cohesive, integrated, and structured approach, to developing and expanding upon key listening and speaking skills of transitioning, English language learners (ELLs), as to ensure successful matriculation to a collegiate, academic environment. Therein, students will address defined, critical abilities, as a way in which to increase their capacities to engage in academic processes that include and demand superior listening and speaking skills within higher educational institutions and curricula.

ESL-103 Test Prep
3 Credits
This course has been designed to serve as an integrated and structured approach to providing and expanding upon critical test preparation strategies and study skills for transitioning, English language learners (ELLs), as to ensure successful matriculation to a collegiate, academic environment. Utilizing a multifaceted configuration of classroom instruction and independent, online study, students will be provided with extensive practice of the most key academic skills and methodologies, as a way in which to increase their capacities to engage in academic processes that include and demand a superior skill set within higher educational institutions and curricula.

FYF-101 First-Year Foundations
Credits: 3
The mission of the First-Year Foundations Program is to provide rigorous learning experiences that challenge first-year students to develop the strategies essential for a successful transition into the Wilkes campus community. Each section of FYF is unique in content and constitutes a special topics course in which faculty members are encouraged to explore topics that are of special interest to them. All sections of FYF, regardless of specific topic, share a common core of objectives that facilitate significant learning experiences (inside and beyond the classroom) by which first-year students develop self-knowledge as learners and members of an academic community, intellectual curiosity, openness to diversity, and a capacity for lifelong learning and civic responsibility. Activities designed to foster and develop effective writing, critical thinking, and information literacy skills are integral components of all FYF courses. In addition, the FYF Program connects students to a wide variety of University resources, including the advising and tutoring services of University College, the extensive holdings and services of the Farley Library, and the rich array of cultural events sponsored by the University.


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