Credit-bearing Courses

(ELC 101, ELC 102, ELC 203, and ELC 204)



Credit-bearing Academic English courses are open to UAB students and employees. If you are not a UAB student, please consider the part-time academic English courses available through the Intensive English Program.

ELC 101: Academic Writing for Non-native English Speakers I

This course prepares you for the type of writing required in university courses such as composition and social sciences. The course focuses on composition skills and language for various types of academic paragraphs and essays. In addition, grammar is reviewed and practiced. You will benefit from continuous feedback from the instructor. Class time is devoted to all aspects of the writing process:

  • Generating ideas
  • Drafting, revising, and editing
  • Organizing in American academic style
ELC 102: Academic Writing for Non-native English Speakers II

Build on skills learned in ELC 101 to improve the writing skills necessary for success in university coursework. This course focuses on library research, academic reading, and incorporating reading material into your writing. You will develop your skills in the following areas:

  • Use of UAB’s Sterne Library resources
  • Analyzing readings
  • Summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting sources
  • Acknowledging sources through citation formats
  • Writing a research paper
*Note: ELC 101 is a prerequisite for ELC 102.

ELC 203: Academic Listening and Speaking Skills for Non-native English Speakers I

This course emphasizes the development and practice of speaking and listening skills necessary for successful communication of non-native English speakers in the university environment. Specifically, this course focuses on effective strategies for participating in classroom discourse. It also addresses the communication skills needed for interaction with advisors, professors and other students. In addition, the course builds knowledge of formal and informal vocabulary as well as a focus on pronunciation and opportunities for oral fluency practice.

ELC 204: Academic Listening and Speaking Skills for Non-native English Speakers II

This course emphasizes the development and practice of speaking and listening skills necessary for successful communication of non-native English speakers in the university environment. Specifically, this course focuses on effective strategies for giving presentations as well as listening to and understanding lectures. In addition, the course builds knowledge of formal and informal vocabulary as well as a focus on pronunciation and opportunities for oral fluency practice.*Note: ELC 203 is not a prerequisite for ELC 204.

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UAB English Language Institute
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Birmingham, AL 35294-1250