Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics
218 Cowell College
The Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics offers a series of courses in Academic English (ACEN) designed specifically for students whose native language is not English, and who would benefit academically by improving their English language skills. The main objective of these courses is to raise the linguistic, academic, and cultural competence of international students who are currently pursuing various majors at UCSC. The ACEN courses help students develop and refine their knowledge of English usage, advanced grammar, vocabulary and idiomatic expressions, while at the same time developing their listening, oral communication, and academic reading and writing skills. The specific content of each course varies per quarter, and thus, none of the courses are prerequisites to the others.