Language Support courses are designed for international UConn students who have at least an intermediate level of English proficiency. Courses meet twice a week for a total of 3 hours for 6 weeks. Courses are offered in the Spring and Fall semesters.
These courses are open to any active UConn student with a Peoplesoft number including: UCAELI Students, Graduate students, Undergraduates, and Non-Credit.
Fees will be added to your fee bill and payment is expected upon registration.
Oral Communication/Presentation Skills
Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
Dates: January 31 – March 9 (6 weeks)
Time: 8:00am – 9:30am
Location: Online, Zoom
This course will help participants develop oral skills necessary for academic success as a student, instructor, or presenter, as well as discussion and conversation skills necessary for every day communication. In the first session, participants will work on identifying problem areas and setting goals. The specific contents will then be determined based on the group’s needs and interests, but usually will include an overview of American English pronunciation, characteristics of effective presentations, expectations of American academic audiences, and aspects of cross-cultural communication. Participants will work on a variety of strategies to evaluate and develop their language and presentation skills. Participants will leave with a plan for continuing improvement beyond the course.
Focus on Pronunciation
This class will not be offered in Spring 2022.
In this course, participants will develop skills and strategies to work on their pronunciation both in and out of class. The goal is not to eliminate a foreign accent, but instead to help participants develop a command of spoken English that enables them to convey and understand intended meanings and attitudes. Individual sounds, sound combinations, stress, vowel reduction, linking, rhythm, intonation, focus, pauses, and conversational speech will be addressed. Content can be adapted to suit the groups’ needs.