English Language Program

Last updated: May 25, 2016 at 2:07 p.m.


Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate students may be eligible for university-funded individual writing tutorials offered by English Language Programs as a regular weekly appointment to supplement their work in Composition, UWS, or other writing intensive courses. Oral communication tutorials may also be offered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact English Language Programs if you would like additional information about how to sign up for a tutorial.

Graduate Students
Graduate students may enroll in one-credit (200-level) courses to improve their English language skills, particularly in writing and oral communications. Several courses are offered every semester (refer to course catalog). University-funded weekly individual tutorials are also available. In addition, a diagnostic English language test is given during orientation week, after which graduate students may be required to take specific language skills courses. Please contact English Language Programs for additional information about graduate-level language skills courses, weekly writing or oral skills tutorials, or the diagnostic English language test.

Courses of Instruction

(200 and above) Primarily for Graduate Students

ESL 201g Academic Interactions
Focuses 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. A considerable amount of out-of-class assignments will be given to accelerate adaptation to American culture. Usually offered every fall.

ESL 203g Teaching and Presenting in English
Prerequisite: ESL 201g or approval by ESL interim director.
For graduate students who are required to teach in English or graduate students who wish to improve their presentation skills. Emphasis is on developing effectiveness of communication and clarity of speech, and engaging the 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 as well as interpersonal and intercultural communication skills. Usually offered every spring.

ESL 205g Writing for Science I
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. Usually offered every fall.

ESL 206g Writing for Science II
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. Usually offered every spring.