This 6 week program is designed to prepare you for the rigors of graduate school and polish your academic writing and speaking skills.
Date: Dates: June 26 - August 4, 2017
Students will gain an understanding of the major themes and concepts that structure life in the cultures of the pluralistic American community. Building on experiences, students will investigate the interaction of people, ideas, science and technology, political, economic and social movements. Class material will be drawn from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including media, ethics, letters and literature, fine arts, religion, economics, business, science, and technology.
Research has shown that language skills improve dramatically when learners are not focused on the specifics of structure and correctness of speech. Instead, when one is “distracted” by imagination and “play”, language improves rapidly and dramatically. This class takes you “outside the box” of traditional presentation skills or group discussions, and allows you to explore your creative and imaginative spirit while unconsciously improving vocabulary, pronunciation and critical thinking skills. We will discuss art, photography, literature and personal interests as catalysts for enriching language and making meaning.
Improve your English vocabulary! This class uses two major perspectives, one a roots (mostly Greek and Latin) and etymology approach, and the other a semantic family approach. The goal is twofold: Students learn a lot of sophisticated and "academic" vocabulary and, more importantly, build both heuristics for understanding novel vocab and a nuanced understanding of the historical, etymological, and semantic freight implicit in any given English word.
|American Identities: A Critical Reading Class||MTWTHF||9:00 - 10:30|
|Academic Speaking & Presentation Skills||MTWTHF||10:45 - 12:15|
|Writing for Postgraduate Students||M/W||2:00 - 4:15|
|Living Language: American Interactions||F||2:00 - 4:15|
|Intensive Vocabulary Workshop||T/TH||7:00 - 8:30|
*Individual schedules may vary. This is for reference only.
The following materials are required to complete an application to the Postgraduate Seminar: