English Communications Skills for Non-Native and Bilingual Adult Students
Students who successfully complete all four courses will earn a certificate in English Communications Skills for Graduate Study. A Foundations class focuses on assessing students’ strengths and encouraging the developing of a plan to introduce fluency and literacy. Effective English Communications courses focus on improving writing for graduate study, and presentation skills for graduate study. Strategic and Collaborative Communications for Graduate Study will enable students to develop and apply skills that will result in effective collaboration and group projects.
Foundations of English Communications for Graduate Study (2 credits) In the foundational course of the English Communications Skills course series for graduate learners, students will first be assessed using the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education – CLAS E) to determine their strengths and areas for improvement in fluency and literacy in English. Assessment results will be used in the development of an individualized plan that enables students to focus on skill development and deeper practice of English communications skills in the academic context. Students will engage in integrated skill development, including practice in aural learning, reading, speaking, writing, and grammar skills necessary for academic success. The TABE will be taken as a post-test to assess growth. Prerequisite: None Effective English Communications I: Writing for Graduate Study (2 credits) This course focuses on developing writing skills necessary for graduate-level writing, with focus on (a) practicing discipline-specific writing including persuasive text and supporting a position; (b) understanding writing conventions in one’s discipline; (c) research writing skills including the use of an appropriate documentation style; (d) text organization and language structure in texts such as summaries, routine communications, critiques, and data analysis; (e) reflective writing. Students will also practice collaborative writing and peer editing. Prerequisite: Foundations of English Communications Effective English Communications II: Presenting for Graduate Study (2 credits) This course is designed to improve students’ presentation skills. Assignments will include practice in (a) the creation and delivery of presentations in their disciplines; (b) participation in small and large groups; (c) pronunciation and fluency; (d) leading discussions. Prerequisite: Foundations of English Communications Strategic and Collaborative Communications for Graduate Study (2 credits) The final course in the English Communications Skills course series focuses on advanced level skill application. Students will learn about and apply skills in (a) group development and group dynamics; and (b) collaborative problem-solving. Prerequisite: Foundations of English Communications