The English Language and Cultural Studies program offers several academic courses specifically designed to assist matriculated non-native English speaking graduate students succeed in their courses at the university. We provide intensive English language training for graduate students who have not met the U of A’s English Language Proficiency requirements for enrollment and for students who have met the English proficiency requirements but whose language skills still need improvement to fully participate and succeed in their academic courses.
If you are a graduate student and have not achieved the minimum score for written English proficiency, you may be required or recommended by International Admissions to successfully complete one or more of the following ELAC courses.
ELAC 0011 – Writing Workshop: Grammar through Editing
This class is designed to assist upper-intermediate to advanced non-native speakers of English improve their academic writing at the sentence level. Students’ writing is analyzed for grammatical accuracy; students develop strategies for editing their writing more independently and learn to produce clearer, more grammatically correct writing. (As a graduate student, you will need to complete an out-of-career form to enroll.)
ELAC 1023 – Academic Writing across Disciplines
The class is designed to improve the academic writing and critical thinking skills for non-native speakers of English in all fields. Through focused instruction and extensive practice, students will improve their academic vocabulary, grammatical accuracy, discourse organization and fluency in formal academic writing. (As a graduate student, you will need to complete an out-of-career form to enroll.)
ELAC 5033 – Research Writing for the Social Sciences and Education
This research-focused writing class will help non-native English speakers in the social sciences and education communicate their understanding of course material and research more accurately and effectively. Students will focus on the genres specific to their fields. They will also improve their ability to orally present their ideas.
ELAC 5043 – Research Writing in the STEM Fields
This course is a research-based writing class for non-native speakers of English that focuses on the demands of writing in the STEM fields. Students will develop their ability to accurately and effectively use the conventions of scientific writing. Students will improve their ability to orally present their research.
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ELAC 2012 – English Phonology for Non-Native Speakers
This course is intended for students who want to improve their pronunciation. Students study the basic principles of phonetics and phonology of English in order to develop their ability to produce the standard American accents. (As a graduate student, you will need to complete an out-of-career form to enroll.)
ELAC 2053 Academic Presentations
This course is for advanced non-native speakers of English to build skills and strategies for delivering effective, clear presentations in academic and professional settings. Students learn about organization, best use of visual aids, connecting with an audience, facilitating questions and answers, and intercultural issues that affect perception and comprehensibility. (As a graduate student, you will need to complete an out-of-career form to enroll.)