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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Part I of the two-semester option for meeting the first writing requirement. Covers finding and developing topics, building academic arguments, and organizing essays and reports. Graded A+ to C- or NC. Includes a tutorial at the Writing Center. Followed by ENWR 1508.

Offered Fall Semesters.

Part II of the two-semester sequence for meeting the first writing requirement. Students learn to identify and implement the conventions and expectations of academic writing and to develop strategies for academic reading. Principles covered in ENWR 1559 are briefly reviewed. The focus is on a variety of methods for organizing essays; developing research strategies; maintaining unity and coherence; using effective vocabulary, sentence structure, and grammar; and editing. In addition to course time (2 hours per week), students will meet individually with the instructor every other week.

Offered Spring Semesters.

Graduate Course Descriptions

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 Semesters.

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.

Restricted to Instructor Permission.

Offered Spring and Fall Semesters.

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 Semesters.

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 Semesters.

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, particularly in a poster presentation. Pronunciation is addressed as needed.

Restricted to Instructor Permission. 

Offered Spring and Fall Semesters.

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 Semesters.

Students in this course work on oral presentation skills, teaching strategies and cross-cultural communication to enhance their effectiveness in the American classroom and job market.  Short practice teaching sessions videotaped in front of undergraduate volunteer “students” provide regular opportunities for feedback and self-reflection on teaching. 

Restricted to Instructor Permission.

Offered Spring and Fall Semesters.

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 Semesters.

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 $750.00.

Please fill out this form if you are interested in enrolling in this course.

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 $750.00.

Please fill out this form if you are interested in enrolling in this course.

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 details.

Restricted to Instructor Permission.

*Program Fee - See our EAP page for more details.

Offered Summer Session.

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 $750.00.

Please fill out this form if you are interested in enrolling in this course.

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 Semesters.

IC Multiskills English & Advanced Oral Communication Courses

Application and fee are required.  This class focuses on the areas of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation to reinforce listening, speaking, and reading for the intermediate to advanced student.  Non-credit course fee for 40 hours of instruction is $302.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 – 11am
Fall 2019: September 16 - November 25 (no class on 10/9)

Application and fee are required.  This class is designed to help students speak fluently and accurately.  Students will work on improving pronunciation, learn idioms, review parts of speech, and give oral presentations.  There is weekly written homework. Non-credit course fee for 20 hours of instruction is $252.

Thursdays, 9 – 11am
Fall 2019: September 19 - November 21

*Sections may be combined if there is low enrollment.
The University reserves the right to make changes to future course fees
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