About

  • ESL Mini-Courses are free, non-credit classes designed for those who speak English as a second language (ESL). They are offered by the Writing Center and taught by ESL Specialists.
  • Space is limited. Priority registration will be given to degree-seeking UNC graduate students. Others will be wait-listed until space is available. (See our writing groups and speaking groups pages for opportunities open to all UNC populations.)
  • A certificate of completion may be awarded to students who participate fully in a course if requested. There are no grades for these courses, and they will not appear on any UNC transcripts.
  • Please contact Dr. Gigi Taylor with any questions.

Fall offerings

Academic Writing for Graduate Students

This course will provide an overview of academic writing at the graduate level, then focus on critical tasks in graduate writing: summarizing and critiquing scholarly sources, writing a literature review, and using sources appropriately. Emphasis will be placed on disciplinary vocabulary development and advanced grammar. Required textAcademic Writing for Graduate Students. Degree-seeking UNC graduate students have priority registration. Others will be placed on a waiting list until space is available.

Section 1: Tuesdays, September 1-October 6, 1 – 3 PM FULL
Section 2: Mondays October 19-November 23, 1 – 3 PM Registration opens September 28
Location: The Writing Center @ SASB North 0127

Research Presentation Skills

This course will help non-native English speaking scholars prepare a presentation of their research for a conference, a class, or other presentation occasion. The course will focus on the language of effective presentations, with tips for engaging the audience, for keeping their attention, for managing questions and discussion periods, and general pronunciation feedback. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars have priority registration. Visiting scholars will be able to join the course if space is available.

Section 1: Mondays September 14-October 12, 1 – 3 PM FULL
Section 2: Tuesdays October 20-November 17, 1 – 3 PM Registration opens September 28
Location: The Writing Center @ SASB North 0127

US English Pronunciation

This course will provide instruction on the phonetics of American English and will allow for ample practice time in pairs with English native speakers and in small groups. Lessons will focus on segmental units such as vowels and consonants as well as suprasegmental units including syllables, stress and pitch. Required text: Clear Speech: Pronunciation and Listening Comprehension in North American English (4th Edition). Degree-seeking UNC graduate students have priority registration. Others will be placed on a waiting list until space is available.

Section 1: Tuesdays September 1-November 24, 11 – 12 noon REGISTER HERE
Location: Bondurant G10

Advanced English Mini-Course Descriptions

These classes are appropriate for new and returning graduate students. They can be taken concurrently (during the same period) or sequentially (one after the other). Registration is required.

Academic Writing for Graduate Students

This 6-week course will provide an overview of academic writing at the graduate level, then focus on critical tasks in graduate writing: summarizing and critiquing scholarly sources, writing a literature review, and using sources appropriately to avoid plagiarism. Emphasis will be placed on disciplinary vocabulary development and advanced grammar. Required text: Academic Writing for Graduate Students. Degree-seeking UNC graduate students have priority registration. Others will be placed on a waiting list until space is available.

Research Presentation Skills

This 5-week course will help non-native English speaking scholars prepare a presentation of their research for a conference, a class, or other presentation occasion. The course will focus on the language of effective presentations, with tips for engaging the audience, for keeping their attention, for managing questions and discussion periods, and general pronunciation feedback. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars have priority registration. Visiting scholars will be able to join the course if space is available.

US English Pronunciation

This 13-week course will provide instruction on the phonetics of American English and will allow for ample practice time in pairs with English native speakers and in small groups. Lessons will focus on segmental units such as vowels and consonants as well as suprasegmental units including syllables, stress and pitch. Required text: Clear Speech: Pronunciation and Listening Comprehension in North American English (4th Edition). Degree-seeking UNC graduate students have priority registration. Others will be placed on a waiting list until space is available.

Winter Intensive Program
This 1-week program is an intensive version of our Academic Writing and Research Presentation Skills courses. Required text: Academic Writing for Graduate Students. Participants may register for one or both courses. Registration opens November 16.

Academic Writing
Research Presentation Skills