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.