This certificate course English and Academic Preparation is designed to help domestic and international students develop the academic skills necessary for success in undergraduate studies at an American university while strengthening their English proficiency.
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About this Course
The English and Academic Preparation – Pre-Collegiate non-credit course is for students with a (minimum) high-intermediate level of English. Ideally, prospective students have completed or are near completion of a high school diploma in their country and would like to come to the United States to study for a bachelor’s degree.
The total length of time required to complete the course is approximately 4 weeks. Students should expect to spend about 5-7 hours per week working with the materials and assignments.
The course is made up of 4 modules:
- Listening, Speaking, and Critical Thinking
- Writer’s Workshop
- Reading and Note-taking
- Capstone Project
Each module consists of video lessons, opportunities for practicing English and academic skills, interactive discussion boards with classmates, and graded activities. All courses are asynchronous, which means that the lessons and their activities can be completed at any time of day or night, provided that all course assignments are completed by the final day of class.
What You Will Learn
- Academic English language skills to communicate effectively in spoken and written contexts
- Strategies to read academic materials and take notes more efficiently
- Guidelines for common assignments in undergraduate courses such as academic presentations and essay writing
Skills You Will Gain
- Academic Writing
- Academic reading
- Oral presentations
7 hours to complete
English and Academic Preparation: Listening, Speaking and Critical Thinking
In this module, we will learn some skills necessary for listening to and speaking about academic topics at the undergraduate level.
5 videos (Total 21 min), 7 readings, 7 quizzes
6 hours to complete
English and Academic Preparation: Writer’s Workshop
In this module, we will learn some skills necessary for academic writing at the undergraduate level.
4 videos (Total 25 min), 7 readings, 8 quizzes
8 hours to complete
Reading and Note Taking
In this module, we will learn some skills necessary for reading and taking notes about academic texts and at the undergraduate level.
4 videos (Total 14 min), 8 readings, 9 quizzes
2 hours to complete
The Pre-Collegiate application project is the final module of the English and Academic Preparation Program. In this module, you will not learn new information as you did in the previous modules, but rather apply the knowledge and skills you learned from the other modules in this academic certificate in order to complete a series of four tasks.