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Program at a Glance

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

The Classes

Writing for Postgraduate Students

  • Practice academic research papers, drawing upon your own area of research and interest
  • Learn the conventions of academic writing (citing sources, intellectual property rights, making use of the Internet, scholarly publications)
  • Discuss assigned readings that model processes and strategies used in academic writing

Academic Speaking and Presentation Skills

  • Develop active listening skills using conversation, interviews, media broadcasts, lectures, and films
  • Learn the conventions of presentations, roundtable or panel discussions and small-group conversation
  • Increase your academic, professional and everyday vocabulary

American Identities: A Critical Readin​g Class

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.

Living Language: American interactions

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.

Optional Elective Courses

Postgraduate Seminar students may chose one of the following Elective Courses:

  • Business Games T/TH 1:30 - 3:00
  • Professional Presentation Skills T/TH 1:30 - 3:00
  • American Film Classics: Touchstones in American Pop Culture T/TH 1:30 - 3:00
  • Video Production Workshop T/TH 1:30 - 3:00
  • Pronunciation MW 7:00 - 8:30
  • TOEFL Preparation T/TH 7:00 - 8:30
  • American Idioms and English Proverbs MW 7:00 - 8:30
  • American Ettiquette T/TH 7:00 - 8:30

Elective course descriptions are available here.

Sample Daily Schedule*

Class Days Times
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
Pronunciation T/TH 7:00 - 8:30

*Individual schedules may vary. This is for reference only.

Application Requirements

The following materials are required to complete an application to the Postgraduate Seminar:

  • Online application
  • Application fee and visa processing fee
  • Financial documents
  • Photocopy of passport