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ESL 7100 Building Academic Language
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

This course is designed to help graduate level non-native speakers of English expand their academic vocabulary for improved speaking, reading, and writing fluency. Students explore the use of online tools to improve their understanding and productive use of general academic vocabulary, phraseology, discipline-specific collocations, and related grammar structures. Students complete written and spoken activities to practice and apply this knowledge.

ESL 7250 Academic Listening/Speaking for Graduate Students
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to improve the aural/oral communication skills of ESL graduate students. Students develop skills that help them (a) give presentations on topics in their disciplines, (b) participate in small group and whole class discussions, (c) listen to and take notes from academic lectures, and (d) improve pronunciation and fluency.

ESL 7350 Academic Writing for Graduate Students
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course focuses on improving graduate-level writing, including (a) developing research writing skills, (b) gaining a clearer understanding of writing conventions in students’ disciplines, and (c) writing problem-solution papers, data commentary, summaries, and critiques. In addition, (d) students develop an understanding of the use of text organization, complex language structures, and editing skills. Grammar review is incorporated as needed.

ESL 7400 Reading and Summarizing Research
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

This course is designed to help graduate level non-native speakers of English develop their critical reading and summarizing skills, focusing on research articles from their discipline. Students learn how to apply reading strategies to improve their understanding of academic articles, write summaries and critiques, and compile an annotated bibliography or literature review of articles they have selected from their field.

ESL 7500 Teaching at the University for International Teaching Assistants
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Training and support for GTAs and GLAs who are non-native speakers of English. Focus on the use of spoken English to communicate appropriately in instructional settings.