Graduate Academic English

Sample Schedule

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Seminar in the Disciplines Vocabulary, Pronunciation and Presentations Seminar in the Disciplines Vocabulary, Pronunciation and Presentations  

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 and 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.