Graduate ELL Course Listing

Instructional and Mentoring Program for Teaching Assistants

16:356:590 – Foundations of Teaching Assistant Communication in the United States (3 Credits)

This three-credit (P/F) graduate course provides the foundational listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills needed for graduate students who speak English as an additional language to successfully perform duties as teaching assistants in their respective departments. Students will be introduced to conventions and expectations of the U.S. classroom, diverse teaching methodologies, and the linguistic, rhetorical, and cultural components of effective U.S. English communication. This course is a requirement for graduate students who have been awarded a teaching assistantship and who do not have the proficiency level required by the School of Graduate Studies. Successful completion of 16.356.590 and 16.356.591 are required for SGS certification as an international teaching assistant.

16:356:591 – Teaching Assistant Seminar and Practicum (3 Credits)

This three-credit (P/F) graduate course prepares graduate students who speak English as an additional language to successfully perform duties as teaching assistants in their respective departments. In this course, students will further develop their understanding of conventions and expectations of the U.S. classroom, standards of quality teaching within the disciplines, and the linguistic, rhetorical, and cultural components of effective U.S English communication. Students will engage in instructional tasks in their respective departments, appropriate to their level of TA experience, with supervision from their course instructor. Throughout the course, students will conduct inquiry-based research into the areas of Planning and Instruction, Assessment and Evaluation, and Instructor-Student Communication in their respective disciplines. Successful completion of this course is a requirement for graduate students who have been awarded a teaching assistantship and who do not have the proficiency level required by the School of Graduate Studies for certification as an international teaching assistant.

 

Graduate Academic Support Courses

"Navigating Graduate Education in the United States" Course Sequence

16:356:600 – Graduate Academic Communication (0 Credits)

This non-credit (P/F) graduate course is designed to support first-year master’s and doctoral students across all graduate programs to develop their academic writing and presentation skills. Taught by language specialists at the Rutgers English Language Institute, students in this course will learn relevant strategies for developing and organizing ideas for academic writing in the disciplines, reading scholarly articles critically, incorporating sources, identifying structural issues and improving coherence, expanding use of academic vocabulary, and improving academic discussion and presentation skills needed in their respective disciplines. Class meetings last for 80 minutes once a week and combine full class sessions with individualized consultations where students’ writing is reviewed. Recommended co-requisites are Graduate Communication Studio (16.356.610) and Graduate Writing Studio (16.356.611). This course (16.356.600) is the first in our Navigating Graduate Education course sequence; subsequent courses, which build upon the skills learned in 16.356.600, are Research Writing and Presentation (16.356.601) and Professional Writing and the Job Market (16.356.602).

16:356:601 - Research Writing and Presentation (0 Credits)

This non-credit (P/F) graduate course is designed for students across all graduate programs who are (or will be) conducting original scientific, empirical, or humanistic research and writing research-based course papers, theses, and/or dissertations. Taught by language specialists at the Rutgers English Language Institute, students in this course will learn useful strategies for analyzing the components of an effective research study, developing and organizing an argument that builds upon prior research, producing smooth, readable texts that show content knowledge in a specialized discourse, identifying and improving grammatical structure, avoiding overuse of jargon and wordiness, and responding to critical feedback in the peer review process. Class meetings last for 80 minutes once a week and combine full class sessions with individualized consultations where students’ writing is reviewed. Recommended co-requisites are Graduate Communication Studio (16.356.610) and Graduate Writing Studio (16.356.611). This course assumes that students already grasp the fundamentals of academic writing and presentation at the graduate level. While not required, it is strongly recommended that students first take Graduate Academic Communication (16.356.600) prior to enrolling in this course.

16.356.602 - Professional Writing and the Job Market (0 Credits)

This course is designed for graduate students who are preparing to write for specific professional and job-related tasks. Taught by language specialists at the Rutgers English Language Institute, students will gain knowledge about typical genres such as CVs, cover letters, grant applications, writing for the public, and various statements (e.g., bio, research, teaching, diversity). Our focus will be on clarifying the content, form, and style of these writing genres, and how to balance clear, concise, engaging writing with appropriate disciplinary knowledge and conventions. Class meetings last for 80 minutes once a week and combine full class sessions with individualized consultations where students’ writing is reviewed. Recommended co-requisites are Graduate Communication Studio (16.356.610) and Graduate Writing Studio (16.356.611).

Special Topic Seminars

16:356:621 – Special Topics Seminar (0 Credits)

This non-credit (P/F) graduate course is designed to provide an in-depth look at a special topic of relevance to graduate academic success across the disciplines. Topics are selected on a rotating basis every fall and spring semester; sample topics include Professional Preparedness, Writing Introductions and Literature Reviews, Effective Reading Strategies: Critical Reading for Writing, Using Data in Research Presentations, and Writing the Master’s Thesis. Class meetings last for 80 minutes once a week and combine full class sessions with individualized consultations where relevant student work is reviewed.

Graduate Academic Success in the Disciplines

16.356.630 - Graduate Academic Success in the Disciplines (0 Credits)

This non-credit (P/F) graduate course provides customized instructional support for graduate academic communication and professional preparedness in a specific disciplinary area. Based on a prior arrangement and collaboration with a Rutgers graduate program, department, or unit, language specialists at the Rutgers English Language Institute build students’ knowledge of discipline-specific writing genres and oral communication tasks, structural and linguistic features of students’ chosen discipline, information literacy and research skills, and preparation for a variety of academic and professional settings. Enrollment is the responsibility of the collaborating unit. Class meetings last for 80 minutes once a week and combine full class sessions with individualized consultations where relevant student work is reviewed. An English placement test may be requested by the collaborating unit.

 

Graduate ELL Studios

16:356:610 – Graduate Communication Studio (0 Credits)

Designed to complement the Navigating Graduate Education course sequence (16.356.600, 16.356.601, 16.356.602), this non-credit (P/F) graduate academic communication group provides an opportunity to strengthen scholarly and professional speaking skills in the company of colleagues from multiple disciplines. Facilitated by language specialists at the Rutgers English Language Institute, Graduate Communication Studio welcomes students across all graduate programs interested in getting ample practice in communicative tasks such as structuring presentations for different audiences, leading and participating in discussions, handling question-and-answer sessions, and preparing for job interviews. Students will learn from each other’s contributions and practice what they learn in front of an informed and supportive audience of peers. Sessions last for 80 minutes once a week.

16:356:611 – Graduate Writing Studio (0 Credits)

Designed to complement the Navigating Graduate Education course sequence (16.356.600, 16.356.601, 16.356.602), this non-credit (P/F) graduate academic writing group provides an opportunity for sustained writing and feedback in the company of colleagues from multiple disciplines. In graduate school, the formation of a supportive, multidisciplinary intellectual community is often difficult yet important for improving writing, sustaining productivity, and preparing for professional life. Facilitated by language specialists at the Rutgers English Language Institute, Graduate Writing Studio welcomes students across all graduate programs to bring in works-in-progress such as course papers, thesis or dissertation chapters, grant proposals, job search statements, and articles for publication. Each session begins with a conversation about writing goals and features topics such as time management, language awareness, scholarly writing for clarity and diverse audiences, and editing and proofreading strategies. Sessions last for 80 minutes once a week.

 

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