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Faculty of Humanities and Education

Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature

Academic Literacies Programme

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The Academic Literacies Programme has the important responsibility of leading students on their journey to becoming better writers. Through our courses, students learn highly valued writing skills that, when properly applied, bolster their academic performance and strengthen their compositions in professional settings. Our courses have the greatest positive effect when they are taken in the first year of a student’s tenure at The UWI, so register as soon as possible. If you wish to improve your writing beyond what we can do in our courses, visit the Writing Clinic, in which our instructors play a vital role.

The ALP also publishes the Dis/Course Journal which features exemplary student writing and writing processes from across the disciplines.

Looking for the English Language Proficiency Test? Click here.

What skills do you want to improve most?
  • English Grammar – For students who have not passed the English Language Proficiency Test or did not take the test but are not exempted from it, we offer FOUN 0100 Fundamentals of Written English, a developmental writing course that must be passed before they register for any of the foundation courses in the Academic Literacies Programme. 
  • Planning and writing on any subject – FOUN 1006 Exposition for Academic Purposes teaches the study and research skills that are indispensable for any university-level writing. 
  • Persuasion – FOUN 1004 An Introduction to Argument  is designed to develop the critical analytical skills of the student in the area of argument (emotional and logical).

Course spotlight:
FOUN 1006 Exposition for Academic Purposes   
This is a course that is beneficial to all students. It helps with honing critical thinking, critical reading and successful writing skills. These skills improve the quality of the grades you receive in all academic essay writing! 


  • Writing for a public audience – FOUN 1003 Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction is designed to develop skill in description, scene- building and observation which are foundational to engaging, creative writing.
  • Writing as a career-building skill – The ability to write is highly valued in careers in any sector. FOUN 1008 An Introduction to Professional Writing teaches the business, technical and scientific writing skills that students in all Faculties need.
  • Click here for course descriptions.

Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature
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