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SP21-1-1
This course is designed for international graduate students and scholars wishing to become more confident, accurate, efficient and effective writers through individualized consultation with the instructor. This course helps you succeed in planning your writing, revising and editing, and writing up sections of a report on a large or small research project specific to your discipline. You will practice writing clear academic prose and conducting reflection, while paying attention to language skills if necessary. The ultimate goal is to equip you with the important composition and linguistic skills to allow you to deliver clear written communication and revise your own writing for current coursework or future career. More
Starts Starts: 1/25/2021 10:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Location Location:
Status Status: 1 wait space available
Class Size Class size: 6 seats
SP21-1-14
This course is designed for international graduate students and scholars wishing to become more confident, accurate, efficient and effective writers through individualized consultation with the instructor. This course helps you succeed in planning your writing, revising and editing, and writing up sections of a report on a large or small research project specific to your discipline. You will practice writing clear academic prose and conducting reflection, while paying attention to language skills if necessary. The ultimate goal is to equip you with the important composition and linguistic skills to allow you to deliver clear written communication and revise your own writing for current coursework or future career. More
Starts Starts: 1/25/2021 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Location Location:
Status Status: 2 wait spaces available
Class Size Class size: 6 seats
SP21-1-13
Do you want to learn to communicate better across cultures? In this short course, we will practice conversation skills by discussing intercultural topics. In the process, you will learn how to talk about your own culture and how to make both personal and professional connections with people of different cultural backgrounds. Specific topics will include communication styles, friendship, teamwork, and diversity, among others. Students will have opportunities to interact with the full class, in small groups, and with the instructor one-on-one. We will meet virtually for class twice a week (live video instruction) each Monday and Wednesday, and have an occasional informal “coffee chat” as well. The first class will take place on Monday at 10:30 am EST and further times will be decided based on student availability. By the end of the class, students will be able to identify relevant parts of their own culture and communication styles identify the communication styles of others develop and employ strategies to communicate across difference articulate their own cultural story More
Starts Starts: 1/25/2021 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Location Location:
Class Size Class size: 10 seats
Class full
SP21-1-9
Do you want to learn to communicate better across cultures? In this short course, we will practice conversation skills by discussing intercultural topics. In the process, you will learn how to talk about your own culture and how to make both personal and professional connections with people of different cultural backgrounds. Specific topics will include communication styles, friendship, teamwork, and diversity, among others. Students will have opportunities to interact with the full class, in small groups, and with the instructor one-on-one. We will meet virtually for class twice a week (live video instruction) each Monday and Wednesday, and have an occasional informal “coffee chat” as well. The first class will take place on Monday at 10:30 am EST and further times will be decided based on student availability. By the end of the class, students will be able to identify relevant parts of their own culture and communication styles identify the communication styles of others develop and employ strategies to communicate across difference articulate their own cultural story More
Starts Starts: 1/25/2021 10:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Location Location:
Status Status: 2 wait spaces available
Class Size Class size: 10 seats
SP21-1-6
Does your English vocabulary and pronunciation limit your ability to express yourself accurately and have meaningful conversations in English? This course will help! Using academic-based content, students will learn how to use helpful vocabulary websites and pronunciation tools to improve their speaking and listening skills. Students will get to practice in pairs and small groups with a variety of fun and engaging activities. More
Starts Starts: 1/25/2021 10:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Location Location:
Class Size Class size: 8 seats
Class full
SP21-1-7
Does your English vocabulary and pronunciation limit your ability to express yourself accurately and have meaningful conversations in English? This course will help! Using academic-based content, students will learn how to use helpful vocabulary websites and pronunciation tools to improve their speaking and listening skills. Students will get to practice in pairs and small groups with a variety of fun and engaging activities. More
Starts Starts: 1/26/2021 10:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Location Location:
Status Status: 2 wait spaces available
Class Size Class size: 8 seats
SP21-1-8
Does your English vocabulary and pronunciation limit your ability to express yourself accurately and have meaningful conversations in English? This course will help! Using academic-based content, students will learn how to use helpful vocabulary websites and pronunciation tools to improve their speaking and listening skills. Students will get to practice in pairs and small groups with a variety of fun and engaging activities. More
Starts Starts: 1/26/2021 1:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Location Location:
Class Size Class size: 8 seats
Class full
SP21-1-10
In this short course, you will learn how to identify topics that are sensitive or controversial to Americans and how to more skillfully discuss these issues. Many people are afraid of having conversations in English about sensitive or controversial topics because they are afraid they will cause offense or that they do not understand the language and cultural contexts. However, these are often the most interesting kinds of conversations, where genuine connections are made and cultural understanding develops. During the course, students will practice a variety of communication strategies to help them manage these conversations politely and tactfully. Students will also learn relevant vocabulary, expressions, and euphemisms that are used when discussing sensitive or controversial topics such as money, religion, politics, and body image. Do you want to engage in conversations on sensitive and controversial topics without worrying that you may offend someone? In this short course, you will learn strategies to manage such conversations and gain the relevant vocabulary, expressions and euphemisms to tactfully discuss sensitive and controversial topics like money, religion, politics and body image. More
Starts Starts: 1/26/2021 12:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Location Location:
Status Status: 7 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 10 seats
SP21-1-11
In this short course, you will learn how to identify topics that are sensitive or controversial to Americans and how to more skillfully discuss these issues. Many people are afraid of having conversations in English about sensitive or controversial topics because they are afraid they will cause offense or that they do not understand the language and cultural contexts. However, these are often the most interesting kinds of conversations, where genuine connections are made and cultural understanding develops. During the course, students will practice a variety of communication strategies to help them manage these conversations politely and tactfully. Students will also learn relevant vocabulary, expressions, and euphemisms that are used when discussing sensitive or controversial topics such as money, religion, politics, and body image. Do you want to engage in conversations on sensitive and controversial topics without worrying that you may offend someone? In this short course, you will learn strategies to manage such conversations and gain the relevant vocabulary, expressions and euphemisms to tactfully discuss sensitive and controversial topics like money, religion, politics and body image. More
Starts Starts: 1/26/2021 1:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Location Location:
Status Status: 5 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 10 seats
SP21-1-12
In this short course, you will learn how to identify topics that are sensitive or controversial to Americans and how to more skillfully discuss these issues. Many people are afraid of having conversations in English about sensitive or controversial topics because they are afraid they will cause offense or that they do not understand the language and cultural contexts. However, these are often the most interesting kinds of conversations, where genuine connections are made and cultural understanding develops. During the course, students will practice a variety of communication strategies to help them manage these conversations politely and tactfully. Students will also learn relevant vocabulary, expressions, and euphemisms that are used when discussing sensitive or controversial topics such as money, religion, politics, and body image. Do you want to engage in conversations on sensitive and controversial topics without worrying that you may offend someone? In this short course, you will learn strategies to manage such conversations and gain the relevant vocabulary, expressions and euphemisms to tactfully discuss sensitive and controversial topics like money, religion, politics and body image. More
Starts Starts: 1/26/2021 4:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Location Location:
Status Status: 4 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 10 seats
SP21-1-2
This class will help students to become better readers and writers of academic texts; our ultimate goal is to improve your ability to produce clear academic writing. This course is a good fit for students who want to better understand different types and structures of academic writing, and who want to work carefully on English language at the sentence and paragraph levels. Much of our focus will be language structures and choices that writers can use to make their writing clearer for readers. Most of the course will be devoted to reading samples of clearly written academic texts and practicing the writing skills found in those texts. This is a “hands-on” short course based on a reader-friendly approach to writing. The instructor will introduce a model of academic writing with four related parts (Author, Audience, Information, and Language) and a four-level model of discourse (Text, Section, Paragraph, and Sentence). We will then spend time in each class working on writing samples to learn more about how these parts and levels work together in real texts. We will also emphasize language learning as a crucial part of second-language writing. We will spend lots of time with language at the level of sentences and paragraphs, but we will also consider language in larger contexts (such as disciplinary or genre differences). We will also make use of several resources that students can use to build their language knowledge for vocabulary and sentence structure. Students can retake this course several times, and course topics will vary across sessions, based on student interests. Do you need to read and write lots of academic articles and papers? This class will help you to recognize different types (genres) of academic writing and to identify patterns of thought that academic writers use to communicate their ideas, with a focus on English language vocabulary and structures. More
Starts Starts: 1/26/2021 5:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Location Location:
Class Size Class size: 12 seats
Class full
SP21-1-3
Do you want to improve your understanding of American culture through language? In this class, you will learn American idioms, expressions, collocations, and slang, while also improving your reading, listening, and speaking skills. The course examines several cultural topics. In the first 6-week session, topics are work, dating & male-female relationships, money, and time. In the second 6-week session, topics are sports, politics, media, and religion. This will be an online course with five 75-minute long online class meetings (live instruction) and four online modules that students will complete on their own (asynchronous instruction). Students are also encouraged to schedule one individual meeting with the instructor. Activities during live instruction include class discussions on various cultural topics, listening tasks, idiom exercises, Kahoot! online games, and role plays. More
Starts Starts: 1/27/2021 9:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 5
Location Location:
Status Status: 5 wait spaces available
Class Size Class size: 12 seats
SP21-1-4
Do you want to improve your understanding of American culture through language? In this class, you will learn American idioms, expressions, collocations, and slang, while also improving your reading, listening, and speaking skills. The course examines several cultural topics. In the first 6-week session, topics are work, dating & male-female relationships, money, and time. In the second 6-week session, topics are sports, politics, media, and religion. This will be an online course with five 75-minute long online class meetings (live instruction) and four online modules that students will complete on their own (asynchronous instruction). Students are also encouraged to schedule one individual meeting with the instructor. Activities during live instruction include class discussions on various cultural topics, listening tasks, idiom exercises, Kahoot! online games, and role plays. More
Starts Starts: 1/27/2021 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 5
Location Location:
Status Status: 1 open seat left
Class Size Class size: 12 seats
SP21-1-5
Do you want to improve your understanding of American culture through language? In this class, you will learn American idioms, expressions, collocations, and slang, while also improving your reading, listening, and speaking skills. The course examines several cultural topics. In the first 6-week session, topics are work, dating & male-female relationships, money, and time. In the second 6-week session, topics are sports, politics, media, and religion. This will be an online course with five 75-minute long online class meetings (live instruction) and four online modules that students will complete on their own (asynchronous instruction). Students are also encouraged to schedule one individual meeting with the instructor. Activities during live instruction include class discussions on various cultural topics, listening tasks, idiom exercises, Kahoot! online games, and role plays. More
Starts Starts: 1/28/2021 9:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Location Location:
Status Status: 1 open seat left
Class Size Class size: 12 seats
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