Academic Year Courses

English Language Institute Course Offerings  

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 2017-18 academic year, courses are provided at no cost.  Students only need to pay a $100 materials fee per course to register. 

No refunds are issued after the first week of class.

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.
View Sample Syllabus


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.
View Sample Syllabus

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. 
View Sample Syllabus

North American Academic Writing 

In this course, we foucs 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, we discuss word choice and sentence variety, frequent sentence errors, organization and coherence, and the proper integration of sources. 
View Sample Syllabus

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.  Students gain experience teaching and learn to write a personal philosophy of English language teaching.