Graduate Academic English

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Summer Online Class Offerings

Enroll in one or more classes that suit your needs.

Class Descriptions

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 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.
  • Students will enter into the academic discourse more fully and become engaged learners, researchers and professionals.

Vocabulary, Pronunciation & Presentation

  • 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.

Graduate Student Workshop

  • The graduate workshop fosters a conversation about what it means to be a successful graduate student. 
  • Given the stark differences in professional expectations, academic requirements, and conduct between undergraduate and graduate students, this workshop discusses common traits that all successful graduate students have. 
  • Students will recognize common transitional difficulties from undergraduate to graduate-level work.
  • Students will understand the importance of professional conduct and independent problem solving.
  • Students will identify the characteristics of appropriate versus inappropriate email writing.
Meeting Dates & Times
     
Class Title Meeting Dates Meeting Times*
Academic English for Graduate Students Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00 AM - 10:20 AM EDT
Seminar in Disciplines Monday & Wednesday 10:40 AM  - 12:30 PM EDT
Vocabulary, Pronunciation & Presentations Tuesday & Thursday 10:40 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Graduate Student Workshop Tuesday 12:10 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
  • *All meeting times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
  • Use a time converter tool to find the exact time difference.

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In-Person Learning 

In-person learning is not available this summer.

Class Descriptions

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 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.
  • Students will enter into the academic discourse more fully and become engaged learners, researchers and professionals.

Vocabulary, Pronunciation & Presentation

  • 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.
  • During class activities, the instructor will model the proper pronunciation of the vocabulary and give correction to student speech samples that use these words in context.

Graduate Student Workshop

  • The graduate workshop fosters a conversation about what it means to be a successful graduate student. 
  • Given the stark differences in professional expectations, academic requirements, and conduct between undergraduate and graduate students, this workshop discusses common traits that all successful graduate students have. 
  • Students will recognize common transitional difficulties from undergraduate to graduate-level work.
  • Students will understand the importance of professional conduct and independent problem solving.
  • Students will identify the characteristics of appropriate versus inappropriate email writing.
Sample Schedule
         
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Academic English for Graduate Students Academic English for Graduate Students Academic English for Graduate Students Academic English for Graduate Students Academic English for Graduate Students
Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Seminar in the Disciplines Vocabulary, Pronunciation and Presentation Seminar in the Disciplines Vocabulary, Pronunciation and Presentation