Summer at Homewood Courses

Summer 2018 Courses

July 2–August 3

Registration: Begins January 1 (visa applications due April 1 APRIL 30 – DEADLINE EXTENDED)

Orientation and placement testing for Listening and Speaking and Reading and Writing: July 2, 9 a.m.

Title Day/Time
Listening and Speaking MTWThF 8:45–10:15 a.m.
Reading and Writing MTWThF 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
American Culture TWTh 1–3:30 p.m.
Accent Reduction TWTh 1–3:30 p.m.
English Grammar/TOEFL TWTh 1–3:30 p.m.


370.010 Listening and Speaking
Schedule: MTWThF 8:45–10:15 a.m.
Location: TBA
This course is designed to help students develop their confidence to speak in a variety of simple situations. Students will learn how to participate in social conversations, request information from others, explain their ideas and give opinions about subjects of their interests. Prerequisite: the student must be able to read and write English and must be able to speak simple sentences at least in present tense with limited vocabulary.

370.020 Listening and Speaking
Schedule: MTWThF 8:45–10:15 a.m.
Location: TBA
This interactive course enable students to join conversations and discussions by focusing on strategies for initiating conversation, responding to the comments and ideas of others, and improving listening skills. Fiction and non-fiction texts and audios from a variety of sources stimulate discussion, sharpen listening, and build vocabulary. Exercises and drills target grammar trouble spots in speaking and common pronunciation errors. Through extensive practice and feedback from the teacher and classmates, students develop confidence in their listening and speaking skills.

370.030 Listening and Speaking
Schedule: MTWThF 8:45–10:15 a.m.
Location: TBA
Students develop and polish language skills for teamwork, discussions, debates, and other verbal interactions needed to be successful in interviews, small and large group discussions, and informal presentations. Academic and professional journals, newspapers, and other selected works provide topics for analysis and discussion and help students expand their vocabulary. Students practice presenting and defending opinions and answering questions. Exercises in stress, rhythm, and intonation build fluency; pronunciation and grammar exercises continue individual skill development.

370.040 Listening and Speaking
Schedule: MTWThF 8:45–10:15 a.m.
Location: TBA
In this course students at the high advanced level perfect their language skills to lead and manage discussions, argue effectively, and make formal presentations in demanding professional and university environments. Students practice leading discussions, answering questions, making formal and informal presentations on a variety of topics within and outside their professions, and summarizing and critiquing the opinions and writings of others. Readings and video encourage thoughtful analysis and expand the students’ cultural awareness. Formal presentations are videotaped for specific review.

370.022 Reading and Writing
Schedule: MTWThF 10:30–Noon
Location: TBA
Students strengthen their reading skills and expand their vocabulary by reading and reacting to a variety of adapted and authentic texts. Students learn to write more effectively through assignments that highlight the writing and revision process, effective sentence formation, paragraph development, and essay format.

370.032 Reading and Writing
Schedule: MTWThF 10:30–Noon
Location: TBA
Students learn to write more effectively and persuasively by practicing the elements of good writing mechanics in a variety of assignments that include formulating and supporting a thesis and expressing and defending an opinion. Students strengthen their reading and writing skills through a variety of adapted and authentic texts. Writing tasks include essays and summaries.

370.042 Reading and Writing
Schedule: MTWThF 10:30–Noon
Location: TBA
Students read, react to, and discuss a variety of authentic advanced level fiction and non-fiction texts. Academic writing tasks, including research papers, are featured, with special attention given to each student’s specific areas of need as they relate to structure, vocabulary, and language usage. Students practice formulation and supporting a thesis and learn to express and defend opinions.

370.034 American Culture
Schedule: TWTh 1–3:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Students explore the nature of contemporary American society by examining its fundamental beliefs and values. Investigation of the current trends and attributes of American society through readings, field trips, guest lectures, and multimedia presentations encourages students to develop a better understanding of the essence of American culture and of their own cultural identity. Classes may focus on special topics, such as media, entertainment and the arts. Assignments may vary according to individual language skill levels.

370.044 Accent Reduction
Schedule: TWTh 1–3:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
This course is designed to help non-native American English speakers tackle American English language skills and improve their pronunciation and manner of speaking dramatically. The course incorporates the learning of language skills such as the sounds, stress patterns, rhythm, and intonation patterns of American English. This is a separate process from learning the grammar and vocabulary of American English. The completion of this course will result in accent modification, accent improvement and easily understandable conversational speech and will help the learner to function more effectively at work and outside of work.

370.070 English Grammar/TOEFL Preparation
Schedule: TWTh 1–3:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
This course is an in-depth study of higher-level English grammar. Students will build on their foundational grammar skills, gaining confidence in the more subtle nuances of grammar. Sentence structure will be studied at length giving students the ability to more clearly express their ideas. Other focus areas will include but are not limited to, the perfect tenses, higher-level punctuation, and modal verbs.