Indiana University

The Department of Second Language Studies

English Language Instructional Program
 

Language Coordinator: Dr. Beatrix Burghardt


The English Language Instructional Program provides courses for IU students to improve their academic English language skills. These courses are available to undergraduate and graduate students who are officially registered at Indiana University.

These courses are listed in the Schedule of Classes under the Department of Second Language Studies and are administered by faculty from the Department of Second Language Studies. For the exact times, locations, and class numbers of the courses listed below,please check the Schedule of Classes on One.IU

English Language Instructional Courses

SLST-T131: Academic Writing for Multilingulal Students: Research and Inquiry (3 cr.)

This course is designed for multilingual speakers of English who already exhibit reading and writing skills, but need to develop clarity in their academic writing, increase reading comprehension of academic texts, and master useful revision, peer-review, and editing strategies. Attention will be given to developing skills in summarizing and paraphrasing, identifying different kinds of evidence used in academic texts, locating and evaluating sources, analyzing textual features of a variety of genres, and increasing focus, textual support, and logical development in expository and research writing for undergraduate students. This course requires reading and writing of academic texts that investigate the status of English as the language of globalization and the role of the university in the globalized world.

    16 weeks
    Credit hours count toward the total number required for a degree

SLST-T154: Active Academic Listening(3 cr.)

This course is designed to help multilingual speakers of English improve critical listening skills in academic contexts. There will be a special focus on applying listening strategies and engaging in activities that will aid comprehension and recall of authentic academic lectures on a variety of subjects from relevant disciplines. Attention will be given to effective strategies that promote engagement with information obtained through spoken academic content, including lectures and other formats, interactional strategies, and building discipline-specific vocabulary. Course content engages students with current cultural issues, such as food insecurity, immigration, and ethics in business and fashion. In the process, students will acquire skills and knowledge to facilitate their integration into American academic culture.

    16 weeks
    Credit hours count toward the total number required for a degree

SLST-T155: Academic Speaking (3 cr.)

This course is designed for multilingual speakers of English who need to develop the clarity and fluency of their speech to communicate and participate effectively in an academic setting. Attention is given to the principles that govern pronunciation, stress patterns, and utilizing expressions that facilitate production of longer discourse. Assignments will include individual and group academic presentations that incorporate research, applying discussion strategies that prepare students for active participation in classroom activities with a high degree of fluency and spontaneity, and providing self and peer feedback. Selected readings and videos explore the connection between language, its speakers, and culture emphasizing distinct features of spoken academic discourse across the disciplines.

    16 weeks
    Credit hours count toward the total number required for a degree


SLST-T501: Academic English for International Graduate Students (2-3 cr.)

Designed to improve written or oral skills for graduate school. Sections on academic writing (research papers, references, reviews, and critical syntheses) and academic speaking (presentations, discussions, and group work) address a range of academic writing and speaking styles. May be taken more than once if topic is different. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not count toward the completion of a graduate degree.

SLST-T 502: Communication Skills for International AIs (3 cr., 16 weeks)

This course will help students scoring C3 or NC4 on the TEPAIC. Improve classroom pronunciation and presentations skills. Learn to compensate in the classroom for accented speech. Learn vocabulary to lead a class. Practice teaching and receive feedback. Lead classroom discussions, questioning, responding and receive feedback. Learn about the academic and cultural background of undergraduates enrolled at Indiana University. (How are they different from undergrads in your country? What do they expect from you? What should you expect from them?) Receive individual tutorials for specific communication problems or be observed in your own classroom.

SLST-T 501: Legal Writing and Reading Analysis (2 cr., 8 weeks)

This course is designed for students admitted to the Pathway program in the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. The course builds foundational skills and strategies in reading and writing required for analyzing legal cases. Special attention is given to writing case briefs and analyzing hypothetical situations. Attention will be given to genre awareness through analyzing emails and letters in the legal context.

SLST-T 501: English for Law I, II, III, IV (2 cr., 8 weeks)

English for Law is a four-part course designed for students admitted to the Pathway program in the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. The course provides a foundation in academic English language skills and strategies required for study and engagement at the graduate level at the university. Students will engage in activities and practice paraphrasing, summarizing, and synthesizing information as well as increasing reading speed and comprehension. Attention will be given to developing academic vocabulary and grammar so that students can better identify and distinguish features of academic vs. legal language in terms of genre, vocabulary, and grammar, in their future studies. Materials will include texts with relevant legal content.

SLST-T 501: Advocacy and Communication Skills (2 cr., 8 weeks)

This course is designed for students admitted to the Pathway program in the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. The course develops foundational skills and strategies needed for formal oral presentations as well as effective participation in dialogue and verbal argumentation. Through structured discussion activities and debates, the course promotes fluency development, and increases students’ confidence to speak.