American Culture & English Program (ACE)

ACE 111. American Academic Culture for International Students. (2)

An orientation to the principles, values, conventions, and practices of the American university, with an emphasis on the intellectual competencies, cultural knowledge, and communication skills needed for success. Intended for first-year international students. Topics include academic integrity and ethics, comprehension and critical analysis of texts, effective classroom participation and interaction, and basic communication tools and strategies. (Open only to international students).

ACE 112. Advanced Communications Strategies: Speaking and Listening for Academic Contexts. (5)

For non-native, English speaking students, intensive practice in spoken English in an academic context; includes discussion, formal presentations, understanding lectures and note-taking; to promote advancement of language fluency as well as acculturation to the American classroom experience; also includes casual spoken English. Only open to conditional admission students in ACE Program.

ACE 113. Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts. (4)

For non-native, English speaking students, an intensive reading and writing course focusing on reading comprehension, textual analysis, vocabulary, composing, and rhetoric. Students learn critical skills needed for success in academic writing. Open only to conditional admission students in ACE Program.

ACE 212. Advanced Communication Strategies II: Speaking and Listening for Academic Contexts. (3)

For students for whom English is not their first language, a continuation of skills developed in ACE 112. Intensive practice in English speaking and listening skills for academic contexts including understanding lectures, note-taking, class discussion, formal and informal presentation, and pronunciation. Open only to international students.

ACE 310. Special Topics in American Academic Culture for International Students. (1-3; maximum 6)

Orientation to American academic culture for international students. Primary emphasis on strategies, practices, and conventions of academic writing and speaking/presenting. Variable topics include: strategies for academic writing and discussing/presenting; practical grammar; collaboration and team work; citation practices; written genres common in various disciplnes. Open only to international students.

ACE 612. Advanced Communication Strategies for Graduate International Students. (5)

For non-native, English speaking graduate students, intensive instruction and practice in oral English, both listening and speaking, in graduate-level academic and professional contexts. Includes conversation, discussion, formal presentation and lecturing, interviewing, working in teams with speakers of different languages, and note-taking.

ACE 613. Advanced Reading and Writing for Graduate International Students. (4)

For non-native, English speaking graduate students, an intensive reading and writing course focusing on English vocabulary development, reading comprehension and analysis, composing and rhetoric within graduate-level academic and professional contexts.

ACE 619. Advanced Speaking and Presentation for Graduate International Students. (2)

For non-native, English speaking graduate students, an intensive course in English speaking, pronunciation, and presentation, with an emphasis on improving accuracy, fluency, comprehensibility, and clarity of speech, particularly for instructional contexts.