Autumn 2020 Course Registration and Fees

In accordance with directives regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from the University of Chicago's President and Provost, the ELI's Autumn 2020 offerings will be taught remotely.

Registration for Autumn 2020 Courses is live

Sept 21 to Oct 2

Autumn 2020 Course Registration

Seats Remaining

Last updated: 10/1/20, 4:20pm (Chicago Time)

Courses begin Monday, October 5, 2020

NOTE: All times listed below are Chicago Time
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 (Chicago Time)
Instructor Seats Remaining
Spoken Communication Fluency Building [syllabus] MonWedFri 8-8:50a Ashley Merriweather 1
Spoken Communication General American Pronunciation [syllabus] TueThu 8-9:20a Ashley Merriweather 1
Spoken Communication Professional English [syllabus] TueThu 8-9:20a Joshua Ruddy 2
Spoken Communication Conversation in Context [syllabus] (prerequisite: Fluency Building, or by instructor’s permission) TueThu 8-9:20a Shane Dunkle 7
Spoken Communication Academic Presentations [syllabus] (prerequisite: Conversation in Context, or by instructor’s permission) MonWedFri 8-8:50a Shane Dunkle 8
Written Communication Standards and Conventions [syllabus] Fri 7-10:00a Joshua Ruddy 2

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 2020-21

  • 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 Autumn 2020

  • Mon Sept 21 – Fri Oct 2: 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 Oct 5 – Fri Oct 9: 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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