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Undergraduate ESL Semester Class
Oral Communication: Speaking and Listening
This class will focus on strategies for improving all aspects of speaking in an academic setting, including but not limited to effective classroom interactions, giving presentations, and leading discussions. Class participation is an important part of the Brandeis experience, and you need to be prepared to contribute your opinion effectively and succinctly, as well as ask questions effectively in class. Emphasis is on functional language used in typical university settings and cultural issues relevant to student life in the U.S. Class instruction is highly interactive with frequent opportunity for student input. In addition, you will receive training for learning to improve your pronunciation and vocabulary development. Out-of-class assignments will be given to accelerate adaptation to Brandeis and to increase time spent speaking and thinking in English.
Critical Reading and Analytical Writing
This class will prepare you for the critical reading and analytical writing in English that will be expected of you as a Brandeis student. Students will read short fiction, non-fiction, as well as various academic texts. You will learn how to summarize a text effectively, recognize the elements of good academic writing, evaluate evidence and analysis in expository texts, and construct a convincing argument of your own. In the process, you will increase your academic vocabulary, learn effective writing strategies and reach a greater understanding of American cultural values and controversies.