EAP Handbook for School Site Leaders

High School English Options

The ability to read and write analytically is an essential skill for college success. In most college-level courses, students are asked to engage in critical reading and writing using numerous types of documents. Although students may be prepared in the mechanics of literacy, they often are not prepared to read and write analytically. Proven high school curriculum and instructional approaches are now available to prepare students to achieve the critical academic literacy skills needed to succeed in college-level courses.

The Expository Reading and Writing Course

The CSU developed the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) in collaboration with California high school teachers and administrators. It is fully aligned with California's English/Language Arts Content Standards for 11th and 12th grades.

The Expository Reading and Writing Course:

  • Deepens students' critical reading, writing, and thinking skills.
  • Emphasizes in-depth study of expository, analytical, and argumentative writing.
  • Prepares students to read and write academic prose effectively and strategically.
  • Includes an assignment template for improving expository reading and writing across the curriculum.
Steps in Adopting the Expository Reading and Writing Course

The course has been approved by the University of California as meeting the English (subject "b") component of the "a-g" requirements. A school can now easily adopt it as an option for meeting the "b" requirement through the following steps:

  • Submitting an application to the California State University.
  • Identifying a Site Coordinator who oversees course implementation.
  • Ensuring that at least 75 percent of the implementing English teachers have participated in approved professional development for the course.
  • Certifying annually that the course is being taught as designed.

The CSU contact person for course adoption is:

Nancy Brynelson
Co-Director, Center for the Advancement of Reading, Office of the Chancellor.
(916) 278-4581

Additional English Options for Students

Students can also get an exemption from the test in one of the following ways:

  • SAT I — 550 or more on the Critical Reading Section.
  • ACT — 24 or more on the English Test.
  • College Board AP — 3 or more on Advanced Placement Language and Composition or Literature and Composition.
  • Community College Course — A grade of C or better in a qualifying English transfer course at a community college.
Additional English Resources for Students

The English Success Website provides resources for students to develop English readiness skills and to prepare for the CSU English Placement Test (EPT).

Focus on English — a test prep guide.

Checklist: EAP High School English Options
  • Discuss reading and writing skills needed for college readiness with whole school faculty, across content areas.
  • Ask the English Department to review Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) materials.
  • Request recommendation on ERWC adoption from the English Department.
  • Develop a timeline for adopting ERWC at the site, including professional development.
  • Initiate planning for formal ERWC adoption procedures.
  • Provide information about English interventions to students and families.
  • Provide information to teachers, counselors, parents, and students about the English Success Website.
  • Contact your local EAP coordinator for more information or for a presentation on the website.