Course Descriptions

Summer 2020 Courses

Dates: June 29 to July 31
Registration: Begins January 15
Application deadline: April 1
ESL Summer 2020 Application

    • Advanced Pronunciation and Intonation
      Schedule: MWF 9:00-10:15am
      Location: Krieger 504
      Tuition: $750
      This course is designed to help non-native American English speakers tackle American English language skills and improve their pronunciation and manner of speaking. 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 goal of this course upon completion is to successfully attain accent modification, accent improvement and easily understandable conversational speech, and will help the learner to function more effectively at work and outside of work.
    • Advanced Communication and Presentation
      Schedule: MWF 10:30-11:45am
      Location: Krieger 504
      Tuition: $750
      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, as well as interpersonal and intercultural communication.
    • Advanced Writing in the Sciences and Humanities
      Schedule: TTh 9:00-10:15am
      Location: Krieger 504
      Tuition: $500
      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. 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..

Spring 2020 Courses

Dates: January 27 to May 1
Registration: November 4 to January 26

    • AS.370.602.1 Pronunciation and Discourse
      Schedule: (Section 1) MW 12:00PM-1:15PM;
      (Section 2) TTh 12:00PM-1:15PM
      Location: Gilman 10
      This course focuses on improving students’ perception and pronunciation of American English through learning articulation, phonetics, and phonology. Students learn the basics of anatomy of speech production in order to understand how difficult sounds and sound contrasts are made. Students also learn the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to help them distinguish sound contrasts that are difficult depending on the individual students’ native languages. Moving beyond individual sounds, students learn how sounds change depending on what word or phrase they appear in and when they appear in fast or colloquial speech. Finally, students learn and practice intonation appropriate for various types of statements and questions.
    • AS.370.603.1 Public Speaking in Academia
      Schedule: TTh 10:30AM-11:45AM
      Location: Gilman 10
      This course is intended for international students with advanced English skills and satisfactory pronunciation who wish to further improve their communication and public speaking skills, as well as better understand the cultural norms of American academia. Students will refine their speaking skills, practice designing and giving presentations, and learn the basics of speaking publicly in American Academia, at conferences, and inside the classroom. This course is appropriate as a follow-up to Pronunciation and Discourse (AS 370.602) or as a stand-alone course for students with satisfactory pronunciation. This course can also be repeated for additional practice or taken concurrently with Pronunciation and Discourse.
    • AS 370.604 Advanced Grammar and Academic Writing
      Schedule: MW 1:30-2:45PM
      Location: Gilman 17
      This course is intended for international students with advanced English skills and satisfactory pronunciation who wish to further improve their communication and public speaking skills, as well as better understand the cultural norms of American academia. Students will refine their speaking skills, practice designing and giving presentations, and learn the basics of speaking publicly in American Academia, at conferences, and inside the classroom. This course is appropriate as a follow-up to Pronunciation and Discourse (AS 370.602) or as a stand-alone course for students with satisfactory pronunciation. This course can also be repeated for additional practice or taken concurrently with Pronunciation and Discourse.