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EFS Courses for Continuing Students
Summer 2014

 

Regular EFS Courses
8 Weeks: June 23 - August 15

EFS offers several of its academic year courses during the 8-week summer session June 23-August 15. Available courses for 2014 are listed here. 
  
EFS 691. Oral Presentation (3 units).
For advanced graduate students.  Practice in academic presentation skills, including strategy, design, and organization of speeches and use of visual aids.  Focus on improving fluency and delivery style, with videotaping for extensive feedback on language accuracy and usage.

EFS 695A.  Pronunciation and Intonation (3 units). Recognition of American English sounds, stress, and intonation patterns for greater comprehension and intelligibility.  Strategies and practice in self-monitoring and self-correction. 

EFS 698A.  Writing Academic English (3 units). Prepares graduate students to write academic papers; emphasis on fluency, organization, documentation, and appropriateness for specific writing tasks.

EFS 698B.  Advanced Graduate Writing (3 units). For graduate students who are experienced in writing English and who are currently required to write papers for a course or publication, or a thesis, proposal, or dissertation.  Class meetings and frequent individual conferences.  Prerequisite: 698A.


Intensive English Courses Open to Continuing Students
6-Weeks: July 5 - August 16

EFS 688A. Intensive Spoken English (3 units). For current graduate students. This 10-hour/week course includes work on listening, oral presentation, discussion, and conversational interaction. May fulfill up to two of the following EFS requirements, subject to approval by the EFS Director: EFS 690A, EFS 690B, EFS 691, EFS 693B.  MTuThF 1:15-3:05, plus required lectures Tu 11:00-12:00 and Friday 3:15-4:15.

EFS 688B. Intensive Academic Writing (3 units). For current graduate students.  This 7-hour/week course focuses on academic writing, with some work in reading and vocabulary development. Engineering, science, humanities, and social science students prepare a research paper; business students write one or more case studies.  Fulfills requirement for EFS 697 or 698A, subject to approval by the EFS Director. MTh 9:30-11:50; Tu 9:30-10:50 plus optional orientation to graduate study section F 10:00-11:50 and lectures Tu 11:00-12:00 and F 3:15-4:15.

Note: These courses will mix you with incoming graduate students and visiting scholars in the EFS 688 and 688V programs. They are generally recommended for students who have just completed their first year of graduate study rather than those who have been here longer.

 


Special Interest Courses
6-weeks: July 7 - August 15

These are SIX-WEEK courses and will mix you with incoming graduate students and visiting scholars in the EFS 688 and 688V programs. Note that they start during the third week of the regular summer quarter.

EFS 689B.  Building Communication Skills through Improvisation (1-unit)
Would you like to be a more confident and spontaneous speaker in English?  How about a better listener and more effective team member? Improvisation gives you the tools to be more confident and collaborative with friends, in your classes, and in the workplace.  In this class, you will learn and practice theatrical improvisation games and techniques that will help you with spontaneity, team building, storytelling, and confident public speaking—all in a friendly and supportive environment. The course is co-taught by an improvisation expert and an English language instructor. No previous improvisation or theater experience necessary.

EFS 689H.  American Humor (1-unit)
Humor is an important part of life at American universities.  Professors often tell jokes during lectures and group meetings, students like to “kid around,” and campus newspapers feature editorial cartoons and humor columns.  In this course, students study many examples of jokes and humorous stories that Americans find amusing, practicing advanced listening comprehension and expanding your understanding of English idioms at the same time.  Note that this is an advanced class:  An iBT TOEFL score of 100 or above or equivalent is strongly recommended.

EFS 689L.  Living in the USA  (1-unit)  
This course focuses on life and relationships outside the university classroom. The goal is to help you become familiar with the multiple expectations and the language usage that Americans bring to a variety of situations in the university and in other social situations you may encounter.  Among the many areas to be discussed are strategies for both casual and serious conversation, professional relationships in academe (including with professors, colleagues, and undergraduate students), interacting with neighbors and acquaintances, American social customs, and an introduction to the intersecting issues of race, religion, politics and gender. Activities include discussions of short readings and films and role plays of challenging situations.  This course is particularly recommended for doctoral students or others who are anticipating an extended stay in the US.

EFS 689S. Exploring Silicon Valley Language and Culture (1 unit)
This course focuses on developing the communicative skills in the context of Silicon Valley with its unique culture and language patterns. By interacting with authentic materials, such as blogs and videos, you will gain familiarity with local norms for interacting with the people who live and work in Silicon Valley. You will engage in discussions about topics relevant to local entrepreneurs, workers, and students; in doing so, you will improve your ability to understand and produce appropriate language forms for various purposes. At the end of the term, you will be responsible for an individual project that demonstrates your understanding of issues pertinent to Silicon Valley culture or business such as an elevator pitch, a business proposal, or a critical essay. This class is particularly recommended for those who plan to live, work, or study in Silicon Valley.

EFS 689T.  Interacting in California's Vineyard Culture (1 unit)
This course serves as a vehicle for developing focused communicative skills in the context of California's renowned wine culture.  You will learn the language of wine: how to talk about wine informally using appropriate terminology, navigate restaurant wine lists, and interact knowledgeably with restaurant and retail wine staff. At the same time, you will become a more sophisticated consumer of wine by learning the fundamentals of vineyard techniques, varietal characteristics, tasting techniques, and drinking and ordering etiquette. Classes are co-taught by a wine expert and an ESL instructor.  Each class meeting will consist of a short interactive lecture, a communicative activity such as role playing, and a tasting of four specially selected wines. Participants must be at least 21 years old.  Additional  fee of $100.00 (cash only) must be brought to the first class meeting.  To enroll, please contact Connie Rylance connie@stanford.edu

EFS 689V. Vocabulary and Idiom (1 unit)
One of the most difficult aspects of a new language is learning to use and understand idioms and metaphors.  This course takes an analytical approach to the study of idiomatic language, analyzing idioms and metaphors in order to understand what they reflect about American culture and offering general strategies for increasing your vocabulary.  We also discuss the history of words and the ways that Americans combine words to invent new ones.  Class time will include exercises to practice idioms and advanced vocabulary.

Updated April 18, 2014