Summer Practice for Incoming or Continuing International Graduate Students
From 2007 - 2010, SEAS offered a one-month course called English for Engineers. Due to changes in admission policy, the need for such a class has dwindled. The class will no longer be offered. However, many incoming and current graduate students still need work using technical English in oral presentations and in writing. They may also appreciate practice understanding technical lectures.
Students who are on campus during the summer (June - August) are encouraged to contact Mary Westervelt, Director, Technical Communication Program, to arrange instruction and practice in speaking and writing using technical English. If a group is interested, mini-workshops can be arranged. Here are some possible topics:
- The English sound system. Attention to specific sounds as needed.
- English pronunciation of syllables: stressed, unstressed, and reduced syllables
- Sentence level: rhythm, emphasis, pausing.
- Pronouncing technical terms
- Choosing appropriate language for explaining technical terms orally and in writing
- Introductions and closings
- Definitions and descriptions
- Using graphic elements (figures, charts, and the like) in presentations
- Answering audience questions
- Coherence and conciseness in technical writing
- Accurate use of basic grammar (especially articles, passive voice, and verb time)
- Coherent paragraph structure: Order of information, use of logical connectors, use of complex grammatical structures.
- Ethical use of source material without plagiarism
For more information, contact Mary Westervelt.