2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin

English Language Center (ELC)



ELC 3001 Advanced Graduate Writing for International Students (0 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to introduce international graduate students to the format and expectations of graduate research writing with specific application to the student's major field of study. Students cover topics related to academic writing citation style, finding/using academic sources, and plagiarism. Students learn to improve their academic writing style and grammar in the context of an academic research proposal and paper.

ELC 3002 Advanced Graduate Speaking for International Students (0 Credits)

The primary goal of this course is to help university graduate students communicate more easily, comfortable, and confidently in English. This course focuses on preparing students for communicating in their academic classes with professors, classmates, and possibly future students as teaching assistance. Accordingly, the students build pronunciation, fluency, vocabulary, and interactive skills (negotiating meaning and compensations strategies, for example).

ELC 3003 Integrated Communication Skills for International Graduate Students (0 Credits)

This course assists international students in discovering and mastering the communication norms of graduate programs in U.S. universities. Beginning with a student-led needs analysis of communication expectations in their academic departments, students identify the language skills that will help them succeed in their field of study. The course follows a workshop format and includes a variety of speaking and writing activities, through which students learn to recognize and correct their own language errors, integrate sources appropriately, and develop confidence in interacting with professors and peers. Students are encouraged to bring assignments and projects from their major coursework as examples for class discussion. These discussions provide the foundation for work on oral skills (pronunciation, fluency, and interaction), writing skills (citation style, organization, and voice), and general language development (vocabulary and grammar).

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