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This course is for undergraduate students who learned English as an additional language. Giving effective presentations requires a mastery of a broad range of skills. Students will develop skills as diverse as choosing an appropriate topic, creating effective visuals, and designing a speech opening. The overall goal of this course is to develop an awareness and use of common speech types and organizational strategies and to prepare university-level students to deliver presentations in an academic setting. Students will also work on pronunciation, so that speech delivery becomes more comprehensible in the university classroom and in professional settings. The course delivery focuses on classroom instruction, applied practice, and feedback.
Appropriate for graduate students and upper division undergraduate students. Focuses on skills needed for writing academic papers and research projects. Provides oral presentation practice related to writing assignments. Develops awareness of authentic text types representing various academic disciplines, revealed by corpus linguistics research. Examines considerations of context, audience, purpose, reader writer relationships, and culture. Promotes precision of academic vocabulary selection, increases the accuracy and sophistication of grammatical structures related to writing, and instructs how to use rhetorical devices to improve text cohesion and coherence. Includes small group work, revising of writing, and individual conferences.
Increases the size and expands the range of vocabulary of advanced ESL students for academic writing, speaking, and listening. Develops fluency through study and practice of lexical phrases. Promotes mastery of the University Word List, developed by researchers, of the most frequently found words in authentic texts in various academic disciplines.