Spring 2020 Course Registration and Fees

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Spring 2020 Course Registration

Seats Remaining

Last updated: 4/2/20, 4:10pm

Courses begin Monday, April 6, 2020

NOTE: Seats are marked as “taken” only after a student has completed an intake and paid for the course.
Students who are in the middle of this process are not reflected in the numbers below.
Course Type Course Name Days and Times Instructor Seats Remaining
Spoken Communication Fluency Building [syllabus] MonWed 5-6:20p Ashley Merriweather 4
Spoken Communication General American Pronunciation [syllabus] TueThu 5-6:20p Christine Fiorite 7
Spoken Communication Professional English [syllabus] TueThu 2-3:20p Joshua Ruddy 10
Spoken Communication Academic Presentations [syllabus] (prerequisite: Conversation in Context, or by instructor’s permission) MonWed 5-6:20p Shane Dunkle 5
Spoken Communication Partners and Spouses [syllabus] TueThu 11-12:20p Ashley Merriweather 14
Written Communication Crafting Varied and Impactful Sentences [syllabus] Mon 5-7:50p Paul Quaintance 8
Written Communication Standards and Conventions [syllabus] Wed 5-7:50p Joshua Ruddy 9
Language Pedagogy Teaching English as an Additional Language [syllabus] Fri 9:30a-12:20p Shane Dunkle 5

Note: All courses require an intake interview/evaluation.

**Remaining seats are reserved for UChicago PhD, Masters, and College students, and Postdocs only

Course cost for 2019-20

  • PhD students: $100 per course
  • Masters and College students, and postdoctoral scholars: $200 per course
  • Other UChicago affiliates (non-degree visiting scholars, faculty, staff, partners and spouses): $300 per course

Registration Schedule for Spring 2020

  • Mon Feb 24 – Fri Apr 3: Registration for UChicago degree-seeking students (PhD, Master’s, and College) and postdocs; other university affiliates, such as staff, faculty, non-degree visiting students, and partners, will be registered on a case-by-case basis towards the end of the registration period.
  • Mon Apr 6 – Fri Apr 10: Drop period (Those who drop beyond this period will forfeit the course fee.)

Partners and Spouses: How to submit a registration form

I took Spoken Communication: Academic Presentations because after giving and attending some academic presentations, I could see differences between native English speakers and my own way of presenting. The top things I learned were tips to emphasize important points such as pausing, stress, and intonation, which are not commonly used in my mother tongue. Other students should take this course because what you learn in this course can be applied not only to your presentations but also to talks in general contexts, especially in formal situations.”



“I took Written Communication: Standards and Conventions because I was not confident in my writing skills and I wanted to improve. I learned the rules of writing, how to write a paper, and what the professors want. International students should take this class because they have to learn a totally different writing system.”


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