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Grad and Undergrad Courses

Credit

These courses are taken on a Credit/No Credit basis. They count as 3 credit hours for purposes of full-time enrollment, but do not count toward students' degree requirements.

Registration

Registration for these courses is done on-line at http://registrar.utexas.edu/students/registration/. Students can register for these courses until the 12th class day.

Any student who received a conditional pass on the ITA exam will be authorized to register for ESL 389T. Any student who did not pass the J-bar screening will be authorized to register for ESL 388S and/or ESL 388W. All other students will need to email our office for permission to register.

Requests and any other questions can be directed via email to mikesmith@austin.utexas.edu.

Graduate Courses

ESL 389T: Communication and Teaching Culture

Section 1 Spring 2015 (64390) TTh 9:30-11:00AM
Section 2 Spring 2015 (64395) TTh 12:30-2:00PM

This course is required for graduate students who received a conditional pass on the ITA English assessment and have TA/AI appointments with student contact. It meets the requirements for ITA certification. This course is designed to explore and enhance international teaching assistants' skills in English communication through a variety of functional areas. Practice areas include pronunciation, vocabulary, fluency, reductions, presenting and summarizing information, and compensatory strategies. Intercultural communication topics relevant to teaching in U.S. universities are also addressed.

ESL 388S: Oral Communication for International Students

Section 1 Spring 2015 (64370) TTh 9:30-11:00AM
Section 2 Spring 2015 (64375) TTh 11:00AM-12:30PM

This course is required for graduate students who did not pass the oral skills component of the J-bar English assessment. The course is designed to develop academic oral communication skills. Practice will focus on pronunciation, fluency, grammatical accuracy, vocabulary development, formal presentations, and graduate-level discussions. Instruction will be delivered within the context of academic speaking tasks.

ESL 388W: Academic Writing for International Students

Section 1 Spring 2015 (64380) TTh 12:30-2:00PM
Section 2 Spring 2015 (64385) TTh 2:00-3:30PM

This course is required for graduate students who did not pass the written skills component of the J-bar English assessment. The course is designed to develop academic written communication skills. Practice will focus on clauses, sentences, paragraphs, and essays.

ESL 389S: Advanced Oral Communication for International students

Section 1 Spring 2015 (64388) MW 11:00am-12:30pm

This course focuses on accuracy and development of the speaking skills needed in academic contexts. 

ESL 389W: Advanced Academic Writing for International Students

Section 1 Spring 2015 (64400) TTh 2:00-3:30p

The course is designed to develop academic written communication skills. Practice will focus on paragraphs, essays, and research writing.

 

Undergraduate Courses

Placement testing is required for all undergraduate courses. After registering for the course, you will receive an email with placement test details and instructions. 

ESL 501G: English Language Grammar

Spring 2015 (64355) MWF 11:00am - 12:30pm

This course focuses on improving understanding and use of English grammar in speaking and writing, as well as an introduction to American idioms.

ESL 501R: English Language Reading

Spring 2015 (64358) TTh 1:00 - 3:30pm

This course focuses on improving reading skills with an emphasis on understanding and discussing a variety of texts, using effective reading strategies, developing vocabulary, and increasing reading speed.

ESL 501S: English Language Speaking

Spring 2015 (64360) MWF 2:00 - 3:30pm

This course focuses on improving listening and speaking through activities such as note-taking, conversation practice, and participating in discussions. Emphasis is on speaking in a variety of contexts; developing appropriate pronunciation, pitch, rhythm, and stress; increasing fluency; and expanding spoken vocabulary.

ESL 501G: English Language Writing

Spring 2015 (64365) MWF 9:00 - 10:30am

This course focuses on improving writing skills by increasing writing fluency and accuracy at the sentence, paragraph, and essay levels. Emphasis is on structure, organization, and development of ideas.