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EFS 683/684 - English Courses for Summer Visitors for 2015

June 22 - August 13

EFS 683/684 courses  are for visiting international undergraduate and high school students who have been accepted to Stanford Summer Session and are looking to improve their English during their summer stay in the US. They do not collectively constitute an intensive program, but if taken together with all their tutorials (see below), would provide a semi-intensive English learning experience. Students interested in attending these courses should apply directly to Summer Session. Applicants are encouraged to pay particular attention to the recommended English levels at http://summer.stanford.edu/programs/international/international-requirements/. All EFS courses are at the high intermediate to advanced level.

Each of these courses is offered for 1-2 units (2-3 for 683P). Students taking the higher unit option will have additional individualized assignments as well as a weekly private meeting with a tutor from the EFS program.

IMPORTANT: These courses each only meet for two hours a week (four hours per week for 683P) during the 8-week summer quarter, so even students taking all the courses plus tutorials may not make the progress that they would in true intensive programs at some other institutions running 15 or more class hours per week. If you are looking for an intensive English experience, see www.studyusa.com for information on programs elsewhere.

EFS 683P. Workshop in Pronunciation for International Students (2-3 units). Provides support in the development  of clear, comprehensible English pronunciation. Includes attention to individual sounds as well as stress, rhythm, and intonation. Students taking the course for 3 units will have additional individual assignments and a 50-minute tutorial each week. Limited to visiting undergraduates and students in the High School Summer College program. 

EFS 683R. Workshop in Reading and Vocabulary for International Students (1-2 units). Provides support in the development of English reading skills for academic purposes, including work on comprehension, speed, and critical interpretation,  along with strategies for improving vocabulary. Students taking the course for 2 units will have additional individual assignments and a 50-minute tutorial each week. Limited to visiting undergraduates and students in the High School Summer College program. 

EFS 683S. Workshop in Oral Communication for International Students (1-2 units).  Provides support in the development of listening and speaking skills in English, including academic listening, small group discussion, oral presentation, and intercultural communication. Students taking the course for 2 units will have additional individual assignments and a 50-minute tutorial each week. Limited to visiting undergraduates and students in the High School Summer College program.

EFS 683W. Workshop in Written Communication for International Students (1-2 units). Provides support in the development of English writing skills for non-natives. Writing assignments are negotiated with the instructor and may include practice in composition, SAT or TOEFL writing, and writing university application essays and statements of purpose.  Students taking the course for 2 units will have additional individual assignments and a 50-minute tutorial each week. Limited to visiting undergraduates and students in the High School Summer College program. 

EFS 684A. NEW FOR 2015 Language and Culture of Sports in the USA (1-2 units). Provides an overview of America’s sports culture, focusing on three of the most popular sports: basketball, baseball, and American football. Through an introduction to their rules and histories, students gain familiarity with the unique language patterns that surround discussions of sports, as well as the many sports-related metaphors and idioms in non-sports conversations in business and everyday life. Students learn and practice relevant language forms across all skills. Students taking the course for 2 units will have additional individual assignments and a 50-minute tutorial each week. Limited to visiting undergraduates and students in the High School Summer College program.

EFS 684M. NEW FOR 2015 Language and Culture of Multimedia Communication (1-2 units). Develops students’ abilities to read, analyze, understand and produce multimedia and multimodal writing for digital contexts.  Students will learn how to read, analyze, and understand the content and the patterns of language typically used in different types of multimodal writing (writing that uses words, images, video, and/or music).  Students will create multimedia compositions for digital contexts. Students taking the course for 2 units will have additional individual assignments and a 50-minute tutorial each week. Limited to visiting undergraduates and students in the High School Summer College program.

EFS 684S. Language and Culture of Silicon Valley (1-2 units). Provides an overview of Silicon Valley’s unique culture and language patterns via exposure to authentic materials, such as blogs and videos, and interaction with students and professionals in local industry. Participants learn and practice language forms characteristic of this region across all skills. Students taking the course for 2 units will have additional individualized assignments and a 50-minute tutorial each week. Limited to visiting undergraduates and students in the High School Summer College program.

Updated February 15, 2015