Specially Designed ESL Courses

Undergraduate international students enrolled in Penn State’s full-time summer programs who are non-native speakers of English and who wish to strengthen their academic writing, research, and communication skills, are invited to enroll in summer our Specially Designed ESL Courses.  These courses offer an excellent opportunity for international students to focus on developing their language skills.

ESL297: Special Topics: Academic English for University Study

Section 001 – topics will be drawn from core liberal arts, humanities, and social science domains

This is a general integrated-skills English as a Second Language class which will provide crucial language, communication, and study skill practice for students who have never studied at an American university. Topics will be drawn from core liberal arts, humanities, and social science domains. Projects will include oral presentations, written essays, and other college-level assignments. Orientation to American university practices and expectations is a central feature of the class.

ESL297: Special Topics: Academic English for University Study

Section 002 – topics will be drawn from the natural sciences, engineering and computer science.

This class conceptualizes academic literacy as a set of oral and written skills and behaviors skills employed by a community of practice.  The first half of the class focuses on the university itself as a community of practice. Using Penn State as an example, students will be introduced to a typical American university culture. ESL students’ own roles within that culture and the diverse community will be explored.  The second half of the class will examine skills used across disciplines. They will include formal and informal presentations, library research, effective group work, and note-taking, as well as writing skills such as description and summary.  The class will also focus on individual disciplines as communities of practice. The goal is to help each student become familiar with the written and spoken discourses of that discipline. Skills such as conducting interviews and genre analysis will be featured.

 

For Summer 2016 offerings, please visit: Schedule of Courses