English as a Second Language Program
The English as a Second Language program provides instruction in
English as a Second Language (ESL) to graduate students who need to
improve their English language proficiency. Placement in all courses is
by proficiency test or by subsequent assessment. All courses carry
institutional credit toward full-time status. These course credits
cannot be applied toward degree requirements.
Graduate Courses Taught by the ESL Program
16:356:531 ESL Academic Writing I (E3) Writing course emphasizing the
composing and revising process and addressing selected grammatical
problems through error analysis.
16:356:532 ESL Academic Writing II (E3) Advanced writing
course culminating in a coherent and cohesive research paper.
16:356:539 ESL Writing Center (N1) Writing course focusing
on improving writing skills and addressing grammatical errors.
16:356:541 ESL Speech Center (N1) Pronunciation course
focusing on improving listening and speaking skills through classroom and
language laboratory practice.
16:356:560 ESL International TA Phonology (N3) Pronunciation
course focusing on distinguishing essential sounds, developing appropriate
stress and intonation patterns, and improving listening skills.
16:356:561 ESL International TA Language Skills (N3)
Introducing international teaching assistants to teaching methodology, as well
as linguistic and cultural components of effective communication.
Program in American Language Studies (PALS)
The Program in American Language Studies is an intensive academic
English language program that provides international graduate students targeted
coursework for strengthening graduate level writing, speaking, presenting, and
speaking skills. Students are assessed according to their department standards
and assigned a course specific to their area of need. All courses offer E-credit
that appear on the official university transcript but cannot be applied toward
degree requirements. Courses count toward full-time enrollment requirements
for students in nonimmigrant status.
Director: Karen Caliciotti Pickering
Graduate Courses Taught by PALS for E Credit
16:357:501, 502, 503, 504 International Graduate Student Prep I, II, III, IV (BA, BA, BA, BA)
16:357:570 Academic and Professional Writing (BA)
16:357:506, 507 Graduate Writing Lab I, II (BA, BA)
16:357:508 Independent Study (BA)