Principles and Approaches to Written Academic Communication (3 credits)
This course offers graduate students the opportunity to develop further reading and writing strategies for academic success. The focus is on vocabulary acquisition, advanced grammar structures, and various rhetorical modes. Students engage in reading a variety of academic texts and writing reports, policy briefs, literature and book reviews as well as conducting independent research and collaborative projects. At the end of the course, students submit a research paper that illustrates their understanding of academic reading, writing, and research.
Principles and Approaches to Oral Academic Communication (3 credits)
This course offers graduate students the opportunity to advance listening and speaking skills essential for graduate work. The focus is on listening for content, note-taking, paraphrasing, and summarizing. Students develop the understanding of verbal and non-verbal communication, conversation management, and presentation strategies. Students engage in small and large group discussions, and various forms of collaborative work. At the end of the course, students demonstrate advanced proficiency in academic listening and speaking through various forms of language assessment.
The Culture of US Higher Education for Graduate Students - TESL 096 (0 or 3 credits)
This course explores the cultural assumptions underlying academic practices and personal interactions in U.S. university communities. It focuses on decisions students make to define their relationships within the academic cultures in which they find themselves. Special attention is paid to how U.S. cultural norms are viewed by observers from other countries. Course topics include, but are not limited to: understanding the educational institutional context, including the role of academic integrity; examining student-faculty interactions; U.S. academic writing, and successful cultural adaptation. Through this course students are also introduced to graduate life and are encouraged to take advantage of the multicultural Washington, DC environment through its vast cultural and academic resources.