Academic English for Internationals
Tao Li, Graduate Assistant, Chemistry
An estimated 15 percent of UAB’s graduate students and post doctoral fellows are not native English speakers. Although they may have studied English for many years and may have attended an English-speaking university, most internationals are surprised to find that interacting and competing in a rigorous academic setting demand high levels of English language skills. Many want to improve their English proficiency in order to maximize their education, speak more confidently in professional settings, compete successfully for grants and scholarships, write and publish in English-language journals. Some plan to work in this country as teaching assistants, researchers, or professors. Others are collaborating with international, interdisciplinary teams that call for advanced levels of communication in English, both oral and written. For these individuals, the Professional Development Program offers four main types of support.
- Communicating Your Thoughts: Academic Writing. Designed for intermediate and advanced students, these courses assist students with everything from writing essays, critiques, and short academic texts to crafting conference posters, research papers, and journal articles. Additionally, we offer specialized instruction for dissertation authors.
- Getting Your Ideas Across: Speaking and Presentation. For intermediate and advanced speakers of English who need to express themselves clearly and confidently in seminar discussions, casual conversations, or class presentations, these dynamic communication courses can help students master the subtleties of language and boost their cultural interaction skills.
- Speaking With Confidence: Pronunciation. Designed for international students who want help with pronunciation, these introductory and advanced courses are for those who desire to improve and polish the speech and voice portion of their professional presentations. In addition, we offer individualized instruction in pronunciation and accent improvement. Testimonials from pronunciation graduate students and post docs
- Presenting Professionally: Presentation & Teaching. For individuals who need to make presentations for seminars, journal clubs, lab meetings, or professional conferences or want to learn how to teach effectively in American higher education settings, these courses offer expert instruction plus real-life scenarios, networking, and group problem-solving with other teachers and presenters.