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General American Pronunciation

General American Pronunciation: Intelligibility is an intermediate level course that prioritizes speaker intelligibility and focuses on word stress, the prominence of keywords in strings of speech, and on particularly challenging phonemes. Students develop a working knowledge of the General American phonemic inventory. Through our partnership with the Family Resource Center, students apply their skill by reading stories to the youngest members of the university community. In this activity and others, students use language in authentic environments in order to participate more fully and effectively in discussions on a variety of topics in formal and informal settings. 
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General American Pronunciation: Accuracy and Expressiveness is an advanced level course that aims to develop students’ speech within standards of the General American variety through close attention to segmental accuracy, vocal setting, intonation, and the conditioning and reductions that occur in connected speech. Through our partnership with the Family Resource Center, students apply their skill by reading stories to the youngest members of the university community. In this activity and others, students use language in authentic environments in order to participate with full confidence in discussions on a variety of topics in formal and informal settings.
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Spontaneous Speaking

Spontaneous Speaking: Fluency Building  is an intermediate level course that focuses on improving fluency in both academic and non-academic contexts. Students in this course will practice daily expressions, gain vocabulary and grammatical items used when speaking, and understand how to participate actively in classrooms and daily life using English. Students will improve speaking skills through guided activities, presentations, research, and self-reflection on the English they currently speak.
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Spontaneous Speaking: Conversation in Context  is an advanced level course that focuses on the linguistic, pragmatic, and conversational strategies needed to ask culturally appropriate questions, contribute ideas and opinions, and interact with others in campus classrooms and in daily life. Students will conduct field work interviewing and exploring how English is used by native speakers and reflect on their own English usage. The cultural and linguistic meanings behind what students say and how they say it in English are also explored.
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North American Academic Writing 

This course focuses on producing work that follows the standards and conventions found in North American academic writing and in the publications of each student's individual field. Additionally, the course features lessons on word choice and sentence variety, independent editing, organization and coherence, and the proper integration of sources.
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English Communication Strategies for International Teaching Assistants

This course is designed for international graduate students for whom English is an additional language who are currently teaching or plan to teach in the near future. In the course, students will improve their English proficiency with a focus on the English language and intercultural communication skills needed to succeed as an instructor at UChicago.
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Introduction to Teaching English as an Additional Language (TEAL)

This course is a practical introduction to the field of Teaching English as an Additional Language (TEAL).  Students gain an understanding of the latest theories of language acquisition and teaching methodologies while exploring best practices for teaching English at basic and intermediate levels.  Students also learn about course design, prepare and lead activities, develop assessment tools, and review textbooks and online resources.  
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