Academic Year Courses
Our courses are non-credit and mainly designed for matriculated UChicago degree-seeking students and postdoctoral scholars. They assist UChicago affiliates in continuing to build their academic English proficiency.
The courses meet 3 hours a week for 8 weeks and generally begin the second week of the quarter.
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Annual Course Schedule
(subject to change)
|Course Type||Course Name||Autumn Quarter||Winter Quarter||Spring Quarter|
|Spoken Communication||Fluency Building||X||X||X|
|Spoken Communication||General American Pronunciation||X||X||X|
|Spoken Communication||Professional English||X||X||X|
|Spoken Communication||Conversation in Context||X||X|
|Spoken Communication||Academic Presentations||X||X|
|Spoken Communication||Partners and Spouses||on hiatus||on hiatus||on hiatus|
|Spoken Communication||Graduate Students in Teaching Positions||by demand only||by demand only||by demand only|
|Written Communication||Crafting Varied and Impactful Sentences||X||X||X|
|Written Communication||Standards and Conventions of North America||X||X||X|
|Language Pedagogy||Teaching English as an Additional Language (TEAL)||X|
Course Descriptions and Sample Syllabi
Teaching English is an Additional Language is a practical introduction to the field of TEAL. Students gain an understanding of language pedagogy while exploring best practices for teaching English to all level of students both in the United States and abroad. This course will fulfill the Reflecting on Teaching requirement for both the College Teaching Certificate and the CTC in Second Language Pedagogy.
“I took Spoken Communication: General American Pronunciation because I think proper pronunciation helps others to understand you more clearly. I learned a wide range of basic skills of pronunciation, and realized the importance of knowing my voice quality objectively through group work and voice recordings. These were quite useful to improve my pronunciation and even listening skills. Pronunciation would constitute a definitely important aspect of communication in terms of speaking and listening, and international students should take this class for better communication.”
“I was always nervous about talking in English especially in those situations requiring unplanned speech. Now after taking Spoken Communication: Fluency Building, I feel much more confident by the skills learnt in this class. In this course, all levels of English speakers are engaged because of the professional guidance as well as the relaxed atmosphere. So it is quite a helpful class!”
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