English as a Second Language

ENGR 6000 Effective Communication in English

Reserved for graduate students in the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Restricted to Instructor Permission

Offered Spring and Fall

ESL 0802 Multi-skills English for Speakers of Other Languages

Focuses on the areas of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation to reinforce listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills for the intermediate to advanced student.

ESL 0805 Pronunciation Workshop

Designed to provide intermediate and advanced English language learners with an opportunity to review and improve pronunciation and listening comprehension skills. Students will practice the "melody and rhythm" of American English in a relaxed, small group environment. Activities will include speaking, listening, taking dictation and working in pairs. Students will be asked to prepare brief oral presentations that they will share with the class.

ESL 0806 Advanced Oral Communication

Designed to help students already proficient in English to speak fluently, accurately, and with the rhythm and intonation patterns of American English. Students will learn phrasal verbs and review parts of speech through interactive tasks such as role-play, debate, and discussion.

ESL 0901 Academic Writing I

Designed for students who need to work on controlling English syntax. Students review and practice important structures. Norms of organization and rhetorical expression are introduced. Writing tasks, which complement the work with structures, will be contextualized in the student's field of study. Minimal work is assigned outside of class.

Restricted to Instructor Permission

Offered Spring and Fall

ESL 0902 Academic Writing II

Students focus on organization and rhetorical models of academic English. Sentence structure, grammar, and mechanics are reviewed as needed. Writing tasks, which complement the work with rhetorical models, will be contextualized in the student's field of study. Minimal work is assigned outside of class.

Offered Spring and Fall

Restricted to Instructor Permission

ESL 0903 Academic Writing, Advanced

Advanced writing course for graduate students for whom English is a second language. Course topics include reporting research, critical analysis, and argumentation. Structures and vocabulary are addressed as needed. Individual consultations are an important part of the course. Generally limited to students at or near the dissertation stage.

Restricted to Instructor Permission

Offered Spring

ESL 0904 Academic Communication

Designed to enhance the academic oral and written communication skills of international graduate students with a business communication focus, this course will target the skills business students need to actively and successfully engage in the work required for their programs and relevant activities, which includes dynamic, fast-paced classroom discussions with professors and classmates, study group discussions and collaborative written work.

ESL 0905 American Pronunciation and Conversation: Navigating Campus and Community

Group and individual instruction in pronunciation for students who have difficulty with the perception and production of the sounds and intonation patterns of American English. Small group conversational practice designed to improve the general oral production and aural comprehension skills of nonnative English speakers. Attention given to idiomatic vocabulary building and American English conversational patterns and strategies. Emphasis is on classroom exercises and optional work in the language laboratory. Recommended also for students with problems in general aural comprehension.

Restricted to Instructor Permission

Offered Spring and Fall

ESL 0907 Oral Communication: Negotiating the American Classroom

Students will learn and practice strategies to enhance oral communication with colleagues, classmates, and professional contacts. They will gain skills in conversing with individuals and groups, in group problem solving, and in giving presentations. While pronunciation and listening skills are not the main focus of this course, recommendations for self-study in this area will be given. Vocabulary and structures will be addressed as needed.

Restricted to Instructor Permission

Offered Spring and Fall

ESL 0909 Advanced Oral Communication: Academic Interaction & Research Presentations

Designed for students who need both to practice speaking in academic contexts and to develop their presentation skills. Course activities include discussing academic topics, summarizing texts, paraphrasing, reporting research, and organizing and giving oral presentations. Pronunciation is addressed as needed.

Restricted to Instructor Permission

Offered Spring and Fall

ESL 0910 Pronunciation Training

Students who have a good command of English syntax and vocabulary, but who are being held back by pronunciation problems will be referred to this course. Enrollment is generally limited to prospective international teaching assistants. Other students may enroll as space allows.

Restricted to instructor Permission

Offered Spring and Fall

ESL 0911 Classroom Communication: Teaching & Preparing for the Job Market

Addresses skills and strategies ITAs need in order to carry out teaching responsibilities for their department and helps them learn how to communicate more effectively with American students. Graduate student ITAs successfully complete the course by demonstrating their ability to convey content information from their field to undergraduate students in a comprehensible and appropriate manner. Participants in the course and departmental supervisors receive a detailed report of progress at the end of the semester. This report may contain recommendations for suggested follow-up work for the ITA in consultation with the department or TRC staff.

Restricted to Instructor Permission

Offered Spring and Fall

ESL 0912 Classroom Communication for International Teaching Assistants II

Assistance is given in improving spoken English proficiency and/or teaching skills, as individual needs require. Does not meet as a regular class; Teaching Consultants work individually with referred ITAs.

Restricted to Instructor Permission

Offered Spring and Fall

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ESL 0913 Academic Communications Seminar for Researchers - Oral Skills Component*

Advanced oral communication course designed for researchers, fellows, and visiting faculty at the University. Participants learn and practice strategies to enhance oral communication with colleagues and professional contacts. They gain skills in conversing with individuals and groups and in giving presentations. Available in a one-on-one format 2 hours/week or small group 2 hours/week plus one hour/week of structured practice for six weeks.

Restricted to Instructor Permission

*Program fee of $750

Please contact caelc@virginia.edu for more information about enrolling in this course.

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ESL 0914 Academic Communications Seminar for Researchers - Writing Skills Component*

Advanced writing course for researchers, fellows, and visiting faculty at the University. Participants fine-tune writing skills through analyzing models, writing up research and creating professional correspondence. Course topics include effective argumentation, academic style, coherence, conciseness, and clarity. Strategic use of sentence structure and vocabulary is also covered. Students will receive feedback on each writing assignment. Available in a one-on-one format, 2 hours/week for six weeks.

Restricted to Instructor Permission

*Program fee of $750

Please contact caelc@virginia.edu for more information about enrolling in this course.

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ESL 0915 English for Academic Purposes*

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is an intensive language and culture course designed for nonnative speakers of English who have been admitted to an undergraduate or graduate degree program at the University of Virginia or who are prospective UVa research associates or visiting scholars. Participants fine-tune the language skills required for success in US higher education through exercises in academic writing, academic reading and vocabulary development, listening comprehension and note-taking, classroom discussion strategies, and presentation skills. A pronunciation assessment is conducted with follow-up work assigned as needed. The English for Academic Purposes Program is one of eight intensive language programs in the Summer Language Institute, which is organized by the University of Virginia's Office of the Summer Session.

Application required. See EAP page for more detail.

*Program fee

Restricted to Instructor Permission

Offered Summer

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ESL 0916 Academic Communications Seminar for Researchers II*

Oral communication course designed for researchers, fellows, and visiting faculty at the University as a continuation of the skills developed in ESL 913 and ESL 914, in which participants practice language negotiation strategies, gain skills in conversing with individuals and groups, and augment ability to give presentations. Available in a one-on-one format 2 hours/week or small group 2 hours/week plus one hour/week of structured practice for six weeks.

Restricted to Instructor Permission

*Program fee of $750

Please contact caelc@virginia.edu for more information about enrolling in this course.

ESL 3010 Classroom Communication

Students whose first language is one other than English develop advanced aural/oral communication skills required for success at a U.S. university. Topics include classroom discussion, oral presentation, and group participation sills. Academic vocabulary, reading strategies, and writing strategies that facilitate participation in academic discourse are also addressed.

Offered Fall

LAW 8802 Graduate Legal Research & Writing

Through analyzing models and individual writing practice, students will learn the style, organization, structure and vocabulary needed to independently perform a number of writing tasks in American Legal English. Writing will take place during class time, and thus minimal work will be assigned outside the classroom. Students will receive feedback from the instructor on each writing assignment and will have access to individual consultation with the instructor during biweekly meetings.

Restricted to Instructor Permission

Offered Fall