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English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Course

The graduate school offers a free course to all international students and visiting scholars.

The Baylor Graduate School offers the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Course to international graduate students and scholars, with the focus on improving their English oral proficiency and communication skills to achieve academic success in the context of U. S. culture. Ms. Qingqing Chen, who is a Ph.D. candidate from the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, is currently teaching the EAP course. Since she started working as the EAP program director in Fall 2016, thirty-five international graduate students and visiting scholars from eleven countries and regions, including China, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Tadzhikistan, Iran, Nigeria, Czech Republic and Portugal, were enrolled or are attending the course.

This course focuses on many of the language and communication skills necessary to achieving academic success in graduate school and beyond. Constructive feedback of students' videotapes and audio recordings is an essential component of the course. Students will have the opportunity to not only work weekly with the course instructor, but also work independently with an assistant course instructor outside of class.

The goals of the course are:

  • To encourage students to improve their pronunciation of American English so that they can be understood effortlessly in both formal and informal situations

  • To enable students to improve their listening comprehension and fluency in interactions which are typical of academic settings

  • To give students opportunities to practice making presentations

  • To encourage students to learn strategies for improving their communication skills throughout their careers

  • To develop students' confidence in their interactions with advisors, fellow students and other professionals in their field

Chian Chuan, a Malaysian doctoral student from the Mathematics Department, commented on the EAP course:

“I have gained a lot of valuable experience while attending the EAP course. Apart from improving my spoken English, I also manage to learn to provide a good presentation to my audience in the future. I really hope that all graduate students take advantage of this course to further improve their mastering of the English language.”

Chao Zhang, a doctoral student from China, who received outstanding scores for his teaching performance in the Physics Department in Fall 2016, said:

“I took the EAP course in 2016. Since that was the first year for me to be in Baylor, the course provided me with a good chance to improve my English skills, especially my speaking abilities. Besides, it also brought me an opportunity to meet with other international students and to share with opinions on the campus life in the U. S.”

This course will have two sections this fall semester, 2017:

  • Monday and Wednesday, 2:00-3:15 pm, Baylor Science Building (BSB) D410
  • Tuesday and Thursday, 7-8 pm, BSB D410

Meet the Course Director, Qingqing Chen

All international graduate students who will be teaching undergraduates should contact the Course Director, Qingqing Chen, regarding their placement in this course.

Students and advisors who are interested in learning more about this course should contact the Course Director, Qingqing Chen.

 

English writing Course (ENG 1301.02) for International ESL Students

The Graduate School and English Department co-sponsor a writing course available to all international ESL graduate students. The course is for three credit hours and Ms. Juliet Brown, lecturer in English, is the instructor during the fall semester of 2017 by. Students can enroll using graduate tuition, upon recommendation of their GPD and approval of the Graduate School Dean, and must contact Dr. Steven Driese (Steven_Driese@baylor.edu) prior to enrolling.

For more information on course content, please contact: Juliet_Brown@baylor.edu.

  This course will have one section this fall semester, 2017:

English 1301.02 taught MW from 4:00 to 5:15 pm, in Carroll Sciences 101

During Fall Semester of 2017 there are two additional opportunities at Baylor for International ESL Graduate Students, offered through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), specifically “Conversational English Partners” and the “Accent Reduction Speech Clinic

From Dr. Jungjun (Peter) Park, GPD for the CSD program and for the Conversational English Partners

“Since our approaches are very ‘individualized’ in terms of assessment and selection of best activities, it is very evident that the best beneficiary will be the ones who need more focused and extended supports due to their continuing difficulties than just participating in the existing EAP classroom activities. The numbers of students that we can take are: 8-10 for the Accent Modification Clinic and 5-6 (Conversational English Partners). The biggest differences between them are:

  1. Accent Modification Clinic would need high-level commitment to the weekly therapy sessions (typically 2 sessions per week);
  2. Conversational English Partners program is not a clinical one (i.e., flexible scheduling if needed), but it provides a wide range of learning
  3. opportunities based on mutually engaging conversational interactions (once a week).
Once you know who will be interested in either of these, please let me know so we can schedule initial orientation meetings.”

Please have interested students contact Dr. Park at Jungjun_Park@baylor.edu for Conversational English Partners and Ms. Deborah Rainer (Deborah_Rainer@baylor.edu) for the Accent Reduction Speech Clinic.