Tutorials

Read more about the English Language Program writing tutorials (currently only open to GSAS, IBS and undergraduate students).

English for Academic Purposes

English for Academic Purposes - Graduate Level Classes

All GSAS* students who score between 80 and 99 points on their TOEFL Exam are required to enroll in two of the three courses below each term.  Students who score between 100 and 109 points will need to take our diagnostic test to determine if they need to take classes.  All other interested GSAS students are also able to enroll in these ESL courses if they feel a need to improve their oral or written English proficiency.

These courses focus on English for Academic Purposes, integrated with graduate study skills needed at a major research university. Students receive credit/no credit for each of these one-credit courses, where credit is granted for satisfactory work and no credit is granted for unsatisfactory work. Credit is awarded if all requirements are met at an acceptable level and the student attends at least 90% of the class meetings.

Please contact the English Language Program if you have questions or would like advice regarding English Language courses.

*Note: Currently IBS and Heller School students are not eligible to take these ESL classes.  You must be enrolled in a GSAS program at Brandeis in order to take one of these classes.



Fall Term 2013

ESL 201g Academic Interactions (1 credit)
This course will focus on strategies for effective classroom interactions, impromptu speaking, and interacting with instructors and advisors. Emphasis on functional language used in typical university settings. American culture issues will also be incorporated through course reading material. Class instruction is highly interactive with frequent opportunity for student input. Considerable amount of out of class assignments will be given to accelerate adaptation to Brandeis and American culture. Maximum 15 participants.
Course duration: 15 week
Contact hours: 1.5 hours per week
Homework: 3 hours per week

ESL 205g Writing for Science I (1 credit)
Develops basic academic writing skills for graduate students in the sciences. The emphasis will be on acquiring fundamental language structures required for the genres of writing crucial to the sciences; emails, instructions/outlines, processes/procedures, summaries and lab reports. Students will benefit from classroom instruction, group work and peer reviews.  This course is open to students in non-science disciplines as well.  Maximum 15 participants
Course duration: 15 weeks
Contact hours: 1.5 hours per week
Homework: 2 hours per week



Spring Term 2014

ESL 203g Teaching & Presenting in English (1 credit)
For graduate students who have to teach in English or graduate students who wish to improve their presentation skills. Emphasis is on developing effectiveness and clarity, and engaging your audience during an academic talk or lab instruction. Teaching assistant responsibilities will be simulated during classes. Students will receive extensive peer and instructor feedback on comprehensibility, interpersonal and intercultural communication skills. Maximum 15 participants.
Prerequisite: Academic Interactions or approval by English Language Program Director
Course duration: 15 weeks
Contact hours: 1.5 hours per week
Homework: 2 hours per week

ESL 206g Writing for Science II (1 credit)

Improves academic writing skills for graduate students in the sciences. The emphasis will be on acquiring language skills useful for preparing lab reports, summaries, research proposals, and academic papers for publication. Apart from class instruction and peer reviews, students will receive extensive feedback on their writing through individual conferences with the instructor.  Maximum 15 participants
Prerequisite: Writing for Science I or approval by the English Language Program Director
Course duration: 15 weeks
Contact hours: 1.5 hours per week
Homework: 2 hours per week