The following programs help students improve teaching skills and English language proficiency.
Graduate ESL Courses at UCD – 752-3464
LINGUISTICS 25: English for International ESL & Graduate Students
4 units, Fall Quarter
Prerequisite: admission by placement examination; admission limited to international graduate students and limited status (international) undergraduate students.
Develops skills needed for studying on the graduate level: note-taking in lectures and on written academic material, writing logically and accurately under time pressure, giving oral presentations, systematically extending vocabulary, and writing a research paper. May be repeated for credit with consent of coordinator. (Former course English 25.) (P/NP grading only.)
LINGUISTICS 391: Speaking Skills for International TA’s
3 units, Winter and Spring Quarters
Prerequisite: open only to non-native speakers of English students with priority enrollment to international student teaching assistants; completion of any required ESL courses or consent of instructor.
Course gives non-native English-speaking students, particularly international student teaching assistants, intensive work in oral English to increase fluency, accuracy, and use of appropriate discourse strategies in academic settings (e.g., seminar, discussion, laboratory). Course may be repeated for credit with consent of coordinator. (S/U grading only.)
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning – 752-6050
All TAs have access to confidential consultation and individual assistance in improving teaching skills. TAs may request mid-quarter course evaluations, classroom observations, videotaping or other forms of assistance. Individual or small group tutoring for improving oral English is also available. Workshops and programs on teaching, some designed particularly for international Teaching Assistants, are offered several times a year. TA’s can work with the tapes by making an appointment with the staff in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. In addition, individual tutoring is available. To make an appointment, please call 752-6050 or drop by 1350 Surge III.
Student Academic Success Center – 752-2013
The Intercultural Exchange Project - The Intercultural Exchange Project offers additional opportunities for speaking English. International students and scholars who are learning English and English speakers who are studying foreign languages sign up on a referral list and then arrange to meet each other for conversation in their shared languages. For more information or to sign up for the International Exchange Project, please visit either center.
Conversation and Culture – A workshop (non-credit class) for English as a Second Language students who want to improve their conversational English skills. The informal discussions include a wide variety of topics, idioms, and vocabulary necessary for social and professional life in the United States, so students should come to the workshop sessions with questions and ideas to share. Enrollment open all quarter.
Pronunciation Principles and Practice Workshop – A workshop providing an overview of American English pronunciation. Discussion focuses on those elements of spoken language that are most important to meaning and communication. Each week principles of pronunciation, along with many practice exercises and strategies for improving fluency in spoken English, are presented.
Davis Adult School – 757-5380
ESL Classes – These classes provide students with the opportunity to increase their use and understanding of everyday American English. All levels will emphasize conversational skills, but also will include grammar, listening comprehension and vocabulary expansion. Enrollment is open throughout the quarter. All new students will take a placement test.
International House, Davis – 753-5007
Foreign Language Conversation Classes – French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish conversation groups meet weekly. Other groups may convene at any time. There are no fees, though participants must be I-House members. Annual fee ranges from $20 to $60 for registered students and scholars. Scheduled classes meet at the International House and conversation classes can also be arranged in private homes.
International English and Professional Programs (part of UC Davis Extension) – 757-8686
International English and Professional Programs has offered English language, technical and professional training to international clients for more than 25 years. Several programs are available, such as The Conversation Management Program, American Culture and Communication Program, Intensive TOEFL Institute, and many others. A variety of supplemental classes can also be taken, including TOEFL Strategies, TOEIC Preparation, and Accent Improvement.