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ESL Advanced Elective Courses

The ESL Writing Program offers two 8-week, graduate-level, advanced elective courses designed to give international students field-specific, individualized feedback: ESL 502 and 503. Classes and individual conferences with the instructor serve to support students’ work in their other coursework and professional pursuits. All international graduate students, postdocs, and visiting scholars are eligible.

Note: These courses are not sequential (i.e. you can take 503 first or take just one of the two courses).

CREDIT/CONTACT HOURS: These courses are 0-credit, pass/fail courses. Each 8-week session is worth 2 contact hours (count as credit hours for your visa status).

 

ESL 502 Advanced Academic Writing I: Dissertation and Research Article Writing

Students will learn the conventions of academic writing in their own fields through self-directed learning with support from the ESL instructor.

  • Contract Learning: Students will set goals and design their own assignments, such as working on writing for their other courses, conferences, and/or dissertations.
  • Field-Specific Conventions: Lessons in genre analysis will enable students to derive field-specific patterns in writing and apply them to their own writing.

ESL 502 is typically offered in Session I (POT A) in the Fall and Spring semesters and is 8 weeks long.

Link to ESL 502 in Course Catalog

 

ESL 503 Advanced Academic Writing II: Academic Presentation Skills

This course will improve students’ skills in speaking and presenting research in academic settings. In addition to creating and delivering compelling and professional presentations, students will practice orally explaining their research, creating an effective poster, writing conference proposals, and giving and receiving feedback. Students will participate in a large multi-section mock conference at the end of the semester, allowing them to practice the learned skills in an authentic environment.

ESL 503 is typically offered in Session II (POT B) in the Fall and Spring semesters and is 6.5 weeks long.

Link to ESL 503 in Course Catalog

Eligibility and Registration:

  ESL 502: Advanced Academic Writing ESL 503: Academic Presentation Skills
International undergraduate students Undergraduate junior and senior international students who have completed their composition requirements and are working on an advanced writing project should contact the course supervisor for consideration before enrolling. Do not qualify.
International graduate students Graduate students must fulfill one of two categories based on English proficiency:
1. If you were admitted as a "limited status" student, you must first take the UIUC English Placement Test and pass ESL 500 and/or 501 before taking this course.
2. If you were admitted as a "full status" student, you were exempted from any ESL course requirements, and you qualify to take this course.
If you are not sure whether you are a "limited" or "full" status student, please see the Graduate College website on the UIUC English Proficiency Requirements or contact the Graduate College: http://www.grad.illinois.edu/admissions/instructions/04c
All international graduate students may take this course at any time, no matter their English proficiency status. ESL 503 can be taken alone or even simultaneously to other ESL courses.
International postdoctoral researchers, professors, and staff All are eligible. Full-time UIUC employees are often eligible to enroll for free in 1-2 courses per semester. Employees may register through the Office of the Registrar or CITL and participate with the graduate students. ESL 502 and ESL 503 can be taken independently or together. All are eligible. Full-time UIUC employees are often eligible to enroll for free in 1-2 courses per semester. Employees may register through the Office of the Registrar or CITL and participate with the graduate students. ESL 502 and ESL 503 can be taken independently or together.
International visiting scholars All are eligible. Because international visiting scholars typically do not pay tuition and fees, these students register for the course through the Department of Linguistics and pay directly for the cost of the course. The cost includes participation in both courses for the entire 15-week semester. Please go to this link for more information and to begin the registration process: http://www.linguistics.illinois.edu/students/esl/visiting-scholars.html

 

Contact:

Supervisor – Susan Faivre
Coordinator, ESL Service Courses
Department of Linguistics, 3047 FLB
eslwriting@illinois.edu