Graduate Academic English Program

This four-week course is ideal for students entering into, or planning to apply to, a master's or doctoral program in the United States. 

Our classes are designed to:

  • fine-tune your academic writing skills
  • improve your pronunciation skills
  • develop your presentation skills and increase your confidence in spoken English
  • bridge the gap between everyday English and the academic English you will need for success in your area of study

In addition to these program objectives, classes focus on:

  • research and writing expectations specific to your field
  • advanced discipline-specific terminology
  • practice with the Socratic method used in classrooms across the disciplines
  • speaking skills necessary to succeed in your field
  • engagement across the university so you become familiar with the campus and its various offices and services prior to the start of your program

Courses

    Academic English for Graduate Students

    This course focuses on the academic skills and strategies necessary for successful integration into graduate programs. Students will learn to conduct academic research, synthesize information from academic readings and lectures, and write an effective abstract and a research paper analyzing a topic in their chosen field. They will also analyze the relation between original thought and citation use. Students will also practice navigating Temple libraries and databases to facilitate their research.

    Seminar in the Disciplines

    This is a seminar style course in which the instructor guides students as they take turns presenting research and guiding class discussions on assigned articles. Each student will advance his or her own critical assessment of the material presented and maintain a discussion based on the topic at hand and questions raised in the class. In this way, students will enter into the academic discourse more fully and become engaged learners, researchers and professionals.

    Vocabulary, Pronunciation & Presentation

    In this course, students will learn and practice features of American English pronunciation and formal presentation styles appropriate for academic settings. The final project in this course is a formal presentation of the student’s research completed for the Graduate Academic English course. In-class pronunciation exercises will prepare students for this project as well as provide training for academic speaking skills. Students will also keep a vocabulary journal of jargon from their discipline. In online activities, the instructor will model the proper pronunciation of the vocabulary and give correction to student speech samples that use these words in context.

    Temple Graduate Students

    Have you been accepted to a graduate program at Temple University?  If so, you are eligible for our 30% discount for Temple graduate students.

    Students accepted into the following graduate programs at Temple University may be eligible to take classes designed to prepare them for their specific discipline.   

    • Boyer College of Music and Dance: Performance Majors
    • Klein College of Media and Communication
    • College of Public Health