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The Graduate English Program is split into four sections, which include two speaking components and two writing components.
For those students with a more basic understanding of English, we offer English I: Speaking & Listening and English 1: Writing & Grammar to introduce them to English speaking and writing classes and to build important formative skills that can be applied in their current studies, and moving forward.
For those students who are at a more advanced stage, we offer English II: Pronunciation and Presentation and English II: Academic Writing. Through these classes, students will develop high level speaking and writing skills that are essential to the modern science researcher, student and professor.
Courses are offered during the standard 16 week semester periods (Spring and Fall), with extra intensive courses (6 week) being provided in winter and summer for those students who were unable to avail of classes during the regular semester period. All courses include 48 hours of instruction.
 
 
CC0006 - English I. Introduction to Academic Communication
 

This class serves as an introduction to formal academic communication in English, through both presentation and writing. The topics covered will range from the general, such as sending professional emails or making an
introduction, to the specific, such as writing a discussion of scientific data or giving a professional presentation. This class integrates all four English literacies (reading, writing, speaking and listening) with the intent of moving students from thinking of themselves as English learners to seeing themselves as members of an international community of English-speakers who network, produce and share ideas from their professional areas and beyond.
 
Course Objectives:
By the end of this course students will be able to: 
· Write a courteous and professional e-mail in English
· Write an academic essay
· Distinguish between credible and non-credible sources of information
· Correctly source, cite and reference their arguments and data
· Deliver a short academic presentation
· Show mastery of appropriate word choice, body language and vocal delivery in presentations
 
 
CC0008 - English II. Research Writing in Science and Engineering
 
 
The purpose of this course is to improve students' academic writing skills in terms of publication of theses and/or journal articles in their specific fields. This intensive course aims to develop accuracy in academic writing with the main focus on vocabulary shift and academic style. There will also be strong emphasis on developing original work. Students' progress will be monitored with regular assessment. Participation in class activities will also be monitored.
Note that due to the nature of this course, it is not considered appropriate for students in their first year, and especially in their first term at GIST. Students are expected to have access to original, unedited research that they have produced from their studies. As such, this course is more appropriate for second year students.
 
Course Objectives:
By the end of this course students will be able to: 
· Effectively communicate their ideas and opinions in appropriate academic style
· Develop greater accuracy in vocabulary and phrasing
· Engage in the process of writing a formal paper (i.e. submission, editing & revision)
 
 
CC0009 - English II. Academic Presentation
 
 
 
This course encourages informal interaction in the development of confidence and fluency. The second half of the course has a greater emphasis on formal seminar skills, effective public speaking and academic presentation skills. There will be a strong emphasis on remedial phonology in order to analyze and minimize pronunciation errors at the word and sentence level. Students' progress will be monitored with regular assessment. Participation in class activities will also be monitored.
 
Course Objectives:
By the end of this course students will be able to: 

· Confidently engage in informal and academic discussions
· Engage in effective public speaking
· Present both over-view and details of research using PowerPoint
 
 

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