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The English Program helps students excel in their courses as well as in their future careers in the professional field of International Relations. English for academic and specific purposes is stressed. Courses are offered for non-native English speakers at the Advanced and Superior levels. Authentic materials are used in both courses to ensure continuous up-to-date exposure to the language and foster skill development.
The program for non-native speakers of English follows a proficiency-based, thematic, and communicative approach to language learning.
Pre-proficiency tutorials for focus on a specific skill
Advanced English I
The course aims to enhance academic writing and reading skills, develop listening comprehension, and improve presentational and argumentative skills. In the reading portion, students develop the ability to understand the nuances of academic definitions, summaries, short essays, and critical responses. The writing portion focuses on acquiring the skills necessary to produce the latter. Emphasis is placed on the effective use of various structural and syntactical models, as well as cohesive devices and advanced vocabulary and grammatical structures. Students are given practice in structuring and developing compare-contrast, cause-effect and problem-solution essays, while the narration of historical events is another key area of study. To hone speaking skills, students practice these same tasks in a discussion format, give an academic presentation and participate in a formal debate.
Advanced English II
The goal of this course is to help students develop Superior-level skills in the areas of reading, writing and listening, and to develop Advanced High- to Superior-level skills in the area of speaking. Emphasis is placed on writing effectively by using various structural and syntactical models, as well as cohesive devices, advanced vocabulary and grammatical structures. Writing topics include speculating and exploring alternative scenarios, weighing pros and cons and presenting an argument. Students are also given practice in developing other parts of the research paper. The reading portion analyzes examples of these specific topics. To hone speaking skills, students practice these same tasks in a discussion format, give an academic presentation and participate in a formal debate.
Writing Workshop I
This course is designed to help students refine their writing skills for specific academic purposes. Students practice writing academic definitions, summaries, critical responses, and short essays. They are also asked to analyze and reproduce specific linguistic structures and conceptual patterns associated with the research paper. For the short essays, students learn to structure and develop compare-contrast, cause-effect and problem-solution arguments. In addition, vocabulary-building is emphasized, as is the use of proper register, advanced grammar, precise vocabulary and usage. Emphasis is placed on enhancing textual cohesion through the use of effective paragraph structure, correct syntax and appropriate transitions.
Writing Workshop II
This course is designed to help students refine their writing skills for specific academic purposes. Students practice developing arguments for short essays and the research paper. In particular, students hone skills in writing recommendations, speculating and exploring alternative scenarios, weighing pros and cons and crafting academic introductions and conclusions. In addition, vocabulary building is emphasized as is proper register, advanced grammar, and usage. Emphasis is placed on enhancing textual cohesion through the use of effective paragraph structure, correct syntax and appropriate transitions.
Writing Workshop I and II
These courses (outlined above) are also appropriate for post-proficiency students.
In order to pass the exams, students need to obtain the following levels for each language skill:
Academic and Professional Writing websites
Purdue Library (This is the Purdue online writing lab.)
Effective Business Writing
ESC Business Writing (These resources will provide help with academic as well as business writing.)
University of Toronto, Advice on Academic Writing
Using English for Academic Purposes
University of Manchester Phrasebank
Writing and citation styles
Chicago Style (Chicago Manual of Style Quick Guide)
MLA Style (Purdue University, Online Writing Lab)
Harvard Style (University of Exeter)
Books on Academic Writing:
Gay N. Washburn, PhD
English Language Coordinator
Writing Center Director
Rome Building, Office 305
Rebecca Hopkins, PhD
+39 051 2917 885