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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

ENWR 1507: Academic Writing I (Non-Native Speakers)

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

ENWR 1508 Academic Writing II (Non-Native Speakers)

ENWR 1508 is part II of a two-course sequence for non-native speakers of English. This seminar class, which fulfills the first writing requirement, teaches students to identify and implement the conventions and expectations of academic writing and to develop strategies for academic reading. We will briefly review the principles covered in ENWR 1559 and will then focus 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

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

Graduate Course Descriptions

ESL 0901: Academic Writing I

ESL 0901 is designed for students who need 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.
Offered Spring and Fall
Restricted to: Instructor Permission.

ESL 0902: Academic Writing II

In ESL 0902, 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

ESL 0903 is an 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. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor and is limited to students at or near the dissertation stage.
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 English Pronunciation and Conversation

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. Offered Spring and Fall.
Restricted to: Instructor Permission.

ESL 0907: Oral Academic Communication I

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.
Offered Fall.
Restricted to: Instructor Permission.

ESL 0908: Oral Academic Communication II

ESL 0908 is designed to help students develop the oral communication skills needed for success in a graduate-level academic program in the US. Offered Fall.
Restricted to: Instructor Permission.

ESL 0909: Oral Academic Communication III

ESL 0909 is 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. Offered Spring.
Restricted to: Instructor Permission.

ESL 0910: Accent Modification

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 in ESL 0910 is generally limited to prospective international teaching assistants. Other students may enroll as space allows. Offered Spring and Fall.
Restricted to: Instructor Permission.

ESL 0911: Classroom Communication for International Teaching Assistants

ESL 0911 addresses skills and strategies ITAs need in order to carry out teaching responsibilities for their department, and it 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. Offered Spring and Fall.
Restricted to: Instructor Permission.

ESL 0912: Classroom Communication for International Teaching Assistants II

ITAs referred to ESL 0912 receive assistance in improving spoken English proficiency and/or teaching skills, as individual needs require. ESL 0912, also a noncredit course, does not meet as a regular class; Teaching Consultants work individually with the ITAs. Offered Spring and Fall.
Restricted to: Instructor Permission.

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

ESL 913 is an 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. Program fee of $750. Restricted to: Instructor Permission. Please contact caelc@virginia.edu for more information.

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

This is an 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. Program fee of $750. Restricted to: Instructor Permission. Please contact caelc@virginia.edu for more information.

ESL 0915: English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

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 U.Va. 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, ESL 0915, 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. Offered Summer. Application required. See http://www.virginia.edu/provost/caelc/summer.html for more information.
Restricted to: Instructor Permission.

ESL 0916: Academic Communications Seminar for Researchers II*

ESL 916 is an 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. Program fee of $750. Restricted to: Instructor Permission. Please contact caelc@virginia.edu for more information.

ENGR 6000: Effective Communication in English

ENGR 600 is reserved for graduate students in the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Offered Spring and Fall.
Restricted to: Instructor Permission.

LAW 8802: Graduate Legal Research and 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. Offered Fall.
Restricted to: Instructor Permission.

* Research associates/fellows and visiting faculty may enroll in other CAELC courses as space allows. Contact CAELC for more information at 924 3371.

Courses for Dependents, Visitors, and Members of the Local Community

Please visit the website for the International Center for current course schedules and registration information.

ESL 0802: Multiskills English for Speakers of Other Languages

This non-credit course 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


This non-credit course is 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


This non-credit course is 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.