Academic Year Courses

English Language Institute Course Offerings  

English Communication Strategies for International Graduate Student Instructors

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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Pronunciation and Fluency Building

This course improves pronunciation and builds fluency by focusing on the recognition and production of North American English sounds, stress patterns, intonation, pacing and pausing. Students build fluency and confidence by practicing speaking in academic and professional contexts.

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Spontaneous Speaking

This course builds spontaneous speaking skills in high-stress, fast-paced academic and non-academic contexts. Students learn the linguistic, pragmatic, and conversational strategies needed to ask culturally appropriate questions, contribute ideas and opinions, and interact with others in campus classrooms and the overall Chicago community. Students participate in simulations, debates, presentations, and role-plays and are provided feedback on their structure, fluency, usage, and discourse strategies.

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North American Academic Writing

This course prepares students to write academic papers and focuses on fluency, accuracy, clarity and organization. Students build their knowledge of North American academic stylistic features and learn conventions related to the proper integration and citation of sources.  

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Our courses are non-credit and open to matriculated UChicago students and postdoctoral scholars. The courses meet 3 hours a week for 8 weeks and begin either the second or third week of the quarter.

For the 2016-17 academic year, courses are provided at no cost.  Students only need to pay a $100 materials fee per course to register. No refunds will be issued after the first week of class.