Classes and Workshops for International/Multilingual Students

1. ACL 251: Effective Communication in Academic Settings (fall semester)

 

Students in this course will develop the speaking and listening skills needed to participate successfully in academic classes, conversations, and discussions. Students will use a variety of written and oral input as sources of information to support their points and defend their arguments or as a stimulus to their own thinking. Students will expand their lexical, grammatical, and functional range in the English language as they engage in different activities and academic discussions. Pronunciation feedback will be provided as needed.

The course will bear no credit hours, but will be formally noted on student transcripts and graded S/U (satisfactory or unsatisfactory performance). The grade will be based on attendance and effort, not an evaluation of English language skills.

  • Prerequisites: Open only to graduate students for whom English is a secondary language and whose secondary and/or postsecondary education was overseas. Course is high demand: application and permission of administrator are required.
  • Capacity:14 students per section
  • Cost: This course is offered at no cost.
  • ContactLuz Rodriguez
2. ACL 252: Advanced Discussion and Interaction Skills for Academic Contexts (spring semester)

 

Building on Effective Communication in Academic Settings, this course will challenge students to look at issues from a range of perspectives to allow for the development of critical thinking skills, which is an essential aspect of academic study. Students will strengthen their listening and speaking skills to help them become more effective academic communicators; they will communicate more confidently and speak more accurately and fluently. Students will expand their lexical, grammatical, and functional range in the English language as they engage in different activities and discussions. Pronunciation feedback will be provided as needed.

The course will bear no credit hours, but will be formally noted on student transcripts and graded S/U (satisfactory or unsatisfactory performance). The grade will be based on attendance and effort, not an evaluation of English language skills.

  • Prerequisites: ACL 251: Effective Communication in Academic Settings is recommended before enrolling in this course, but it is not a prerequisite.Open only to graduate students for whom English is a secondary language and whose secondary and/or postsecondary education was overseas. Course is high demand: application and permission of administrator are required.
  • Capacity:14 students per section
  • Cost: This course is offered at no cost.
  • ContactLuz Rodriguez
 
3. Workshop Series: Discussion of Contemporary Topics  (spring semester)

 

This is an open workshop series designed and developed for international graduate students* (non-native speakers of English) to provide them with ample opportunities to practice and improve their speaking, listening, and vocabulary skills in English. Registration is required. The workshops will be facilitated by graduate students (English native speakers) under the training and guidance of Dr. Rodriguez, head of the EAP Program. 

*Interested international (non-native speakers of English) undergraduate students will be allowed to join if space is available.