Fulbright Calendar 2013

The calendar is still under construction, so please check back closer to the program dates for a more updated schedule. You will be given an official calendar at orientation.

Course Descriptions

Writing For Specific Purposes

This course follows the Monterey 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 and Digital Medial workshop 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.

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 also 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.

Library Research & Digital Media Workshops

On Tuesday & Thursday afternoons, students get hands on experience building their research and digital media skills. They will alternate between workshops in our Library and Digital Learning Commons. 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.