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Suggested: Plan on setting aside 2-3 hours each week to explore life in graduate school in the U.S. together. ...

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Intermediate Level

Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: Plan on setting aside 2-3 hours each week to explore life in graduate school in the U.S. together. ...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Week 1: Getting Acquainted

In this first week together, we will begin getting to know one another, not just in writing, but by video too. We will also start getting to know a variety of graduate programs in the U.S., as we will each select a "target" graduate program at a U.S. college or university to use as a case study throughout the course. We will offer examples from our institution, the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, where this course was created....
7 videos (Total 18 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Meet Your Course Instructor1m
Introducing Your Target Institution51s
Review Example Introduction to Michigan (From U-M Rackham Graduate School)4m
Graduate Student Identity1m
Reflection: Walking in new shoes (From U-M School of Information)2m
Getting Ready for Graduate School (From the U-M Rackham Graduate School)7m
2 readings
Community Guidelines for Participation10m
Help us learn more about you!10m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Week 2: Introducing Yourself Professionally

Upon arrival on campus, we'll all have the opportunity to introduce ourselves and our graduate work over and over again. To become well-prepared to seize these opportunities for building solid relationships on our new campuses, we'll focus this week on developing an "elevator pitch" or short introduction to who we are, what we are studying, and why....
5 videos (Total 26 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
5 videos
Language for the Elevator Pitch1m
Expanding Your Speaking Vocabulary1m
Introduction to MICASE Transcribed Real Speaking Situations11m
Introduction to Vocabulary.com to Generate Personalized Lists and Quizzes9m
1 reading
Our First and Second Language Selves10m
3 practice exercises
Verbs to Describe Your Experience4m
Language for Introducing Yourself Professionally10m
Reflect on Your Elevator Pitch10m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Week 3: English for Interactive Learning & Teamwork

This week focuses on the many ways in which graduate students work together and with faculty in groups and teams. We'll look at the value of diverse group composition. We will explore language used to negotiate roles and prevent misunderstandings in collaborative settings....
5 videos (Total 9 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
How Diverse Groups Can Positively Impact Learning34s
Tips to Promote Mutual Understanding in Groups1m
Language for Negotiating One's Group Tasks (Part 1)2m
Language for Negotiating One's Group Tasks (Part 2)2m
1 reading
Strategies for Negotiating One's Group Responsibilities10m
1 practice exercise
Reflection on Group Project10m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Week 4: English for Research & Scholarship

Of course the primary reason to pursue graduate studies is to learn about and participate in research and scholarship in your field. This week, we'll be looking at framing our own expertise, collaborating with faculty, and conventions around engaging with published scholarly writing....
5 videos (Total 18 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Munger Graduate Residences (From U-M Housing)4m
Introducing Your Research (From U-M Engineering)3m
Communicating and Collaborating with Faculty6m
Ownership & Sharing of Scholarship51s
1 reading
Using the MICUSP Corpus to Explore Language Use, Organization, and Citations in Academic Writing10m
1 practice exercise
Using the MICUSP Corpus to Explore Language Use, Organization, and Citations in Academic Writing24m
Week
5
3 hours to complete

Week 5: English in Campus Life

In this last week of our course together, we'll turn our attention to the transition to graduate student life on a new campus. We'll identify ways to connect with individuals and groups, and to foster a supportive community around us. We'll cap off the course with a "final draft" version of everyone's elevator pitches....
3 videos (Total 16 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Advice from Experienced Graduate Students (From U-M Rackham Graduate School)7m
Exploration: Work-life Balance (From U-M Rackham Graduate School)6m
1 reading
Post-course Survey10m
1 practice exercise
Final reflection: Using Your Elevator Pitch in Your Target Institution10m

Instructor

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Pamela Bogart

Lecturer IV
English Language Institute

About University of Michigan

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future....

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