Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Below you will find a brief description of each of the courses in the Fulbright English Refinement for Graduate Studies program.

Graduate Writing for Specific Purposes

This course follows the Institute’s English for Academic and Professional Purposes curriculum, focusing on the academic rhetoric of various academic disciplines and asking students to conduct field specific research in their academic areas. The goal of this course is to provide students the foundation for written competency at the graduate level in their fields enabling them to become independent writers and readers of academic English. Students will draw upon skills learned in the Library Research sessions as they compose course assignments and submit them to peers and their professor for feedback.

Content for this course will be tailored to academic disciplines, and course activities will familiarize participants with the lexical and rhetorical conventions of their chosen fields. Students will write a 4- 6 page focus paper, following the guidelines for either the natural or social sciences, depending on the students’ field of interest. In this course students will:

 develop reading and rhetorical skills specific to the academic context through practice with a variety of sources such as textbooks, periodicals, journals, and books;

 conduct research through writing a brief source-based paper;

 learn to write from sources and use published material in research

 practice strategies to avoid plagiarism.

Public Speaking For Academic Purposes

Public Speaking for Academic Purposes is specifically designed to give participants the necessary skills and confidence to deliver professional and articulate presentations for academic and professional forums where English is the medium of communication. This course is also intended to provide students with an arena for sharing research components from their Graduate Writing class in the form of a PowerPoint presentation. In this workshop, students will:

 practice impromptu and expository speaking and formal debating style;

 analyze their audience;

 improve verbal and non-verbal communication skills, articulation, and projection;

 problem solve at the podium;

 develop a PowerPoint presentation;

 analyze and critique professional speeches;

 provide constructive feedback of their own speeches and those of their peers;

 target specific strengths and areas for improvement;

 prepare and deliver a final presentation

 conduct a question and answer session.

Active Listening Strategies

Listening is not a passive skill; it requires attention and concentration. An effective listener combines both analytic and holistic approaches at the same time. An analytic approach concentrates on identifying “pieces” of language that lead to word recognition, and a holistic approach utilizes your background knowledge and experience to aid in comprehension of new material. The goal of this course is to increase students' knowledge of both analytic and holistic strategies used to improve listening comprehension through concentrating on the differences in listening genres such as conversations, lectures, meetings, conferences, news, and other media. After understanding the organization of these speech acts, it is much easier to apply your listening strategies effectively.

In conjunction with the listening and note-taking portion of the course, the program also offers a lecture series in which students attend academic lectures from a variety of fields and have the chance to participate in authentic way through questions and discussions.

Lecture Series: American Issues/Academic Discussions

The goal of the Lecture Series: American Issues/Academic Discussions is to offer background knowledge in American culture, government, politics, and the media while providing students with the opportunity to practice the skills they are learning in the Academic Communication course. Faculty from the Institute and other Monterey area institutions will lecture on selected topics each Thursday for approximately one hour. Prior to each lecture, students will learn strategies for effective listening and note-taking skills to be used in context. Immediately following the lecture, students will take part in faculty-led seminar discussions using their note-taking and participation skills.

Computer Training and Research Basics

Research is at the heart of graduate education. Preparing students for graduate research is the goal of this course, which uses the resources of the Institute library, computer labs, and multimedia centers to familiarize students with research basics. As graduate students are now both required and expected to be conversant in the use of computers to conduct and report research, as well as to participate in courses in and out of the classroom, this course will enable students to use the Internet to conduct research in their field of study, and communicate effectively and appropriately with their classmates and others through online learning platforms (such as Moodle) and email correspondence.

Library Research Workshops

Research is at the heart of graduate education. Preparing students for graduate research is an essential goal of the program. Students will work closely with our research librarian, Ms. Ann Flower, to investigate the online tools and databases available to them and to learn effective research strategies. Participants will also become familiar with the digital resources that will aid them in conducting research and developing multi-media presentations to convey results to their audiences. The topics of academic integrity and responsible research will also be addressed.

Graduate Life Skills Workshop

Fulbright students will have the opportunity to meet a broad cross-section of speakers and personalities from the local community. Students will learn from housing placement counselors what the options and challenges of graduate life living arrangements can be. Students are also given tips on living with a roommate and versed in strategies of conflict resolution. Sessions will include the topics of health and wellness resources and strategies, as well as safety and security on campus and in the community. Additionally, students are made aware of the kinds of organizations and events that are usually found on most American university campuses and discuss ways students can get involved with their campus community. The class also includes a graduate student panel of both American and international students who offer the new students insight into the American university system. Topics may include gender issues, intercultural communication, and American customs.