Fall 2021 Update: All ELP GSAS courses will be online.
This course will focus on strategies for effective classroom interactions, impromptu speaking and interacting with instructors and advisers, with an 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. A considerable amount of out-of-class assignments will be given to accelerate adaptation to Brandeis and American culture. (Maximum 15 participants.)
This course 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 nonscience disciplines as well. (Maximum 15 participants.)
This course is designed 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, and interpersonal and intercultural communication skills. (Maximum 15 participants.)
Prerequisite: Academic Interactions or approval by English Language Program director
Students in this course will improve 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.)
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