About this Course
This course prepares you to embark upon your future graduate studies in the U.S. with confidence. In this MOOC, you'll have the opportunity to meet other prospective graduate students, hear from experienced international graduate students in the United States, and to practice sharing your own thoughts, stories, and expertise in English. You’ll select a “target” graduate program at a U.S. college or university to use as a case study throughout the course. You may already be admitted to this program, or it may be an institution you hope to attend in the future. You will identify resources that support international graduate students in your target campus. You will have multiple opportunities to practice your English language skills through practice assignments and through interactions with one another. Objectives By completing the course, you should enhance your ability to reach the following objectives for the purpose of communicating successfully as a new international graduate student studying in the United States. 1. Introduce yourself professionally a. Explain your expertise b. Begin networking with members of your target institution 2. Explore the campus climate of your target institution a. Identify the local vocabulary used at your target institution to describe campus climate topics such as diversity, inclusion, or equity b. Identify skills and perspectives you can contribute to the diversity of your target institution 3. For collaboration a. Use English to negotiate group roles b. Use English to express opinions 4. For academic writing a. Identify disciplinary norms in academic writing b. Cite source material appropriately in academic writing 5. For improving English a. Use at least three digital resources to investigate language use b. Use at least three digital resources to practice English fluency c. Use at least two new daily life opportunities to improve English for academic, social, or teaching purposes
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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

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Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: Plan on setting aside 2-3 hours each week to explore life in graduate school in the U.S. together.
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English

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100% online course

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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Clock

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: Plan on setting aside 2-3 hours each week to explore life in graduate school in the U.S. together.
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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2 hours to complete

Week 1: Getting Acquainted

In this first week together, we will begin getting to know one another, not just in writing, but by video too. We will also start getting to know a variety of graduate programs in the U.S., as we will each select a "target" graduate program at a U.S. college or university to use as a case study throughout the course. We will offer examples from our institution, the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, where this course was created....
Reading
7 videos (Total 18 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Meet Your Course Instructor1m
Introducing Your Target Institution0m
Review Example Introduction to Michigan (From U-M Rackham Graduate School)4m
Graduate Student Identity1m
Reflection: Walking in new shoes (From U-M School of Information)2m
Getting Ready for Graduate School (From the U-M Rackham Graduate School)7m
Reading2 readings
Community Guidelines for Participation10m
Help us learn more about you!10m

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2 hours to complete

Week 2: Introducing Yourself Professionally

Upon arrival on campus, we'll all have the opportunity to introduce ourselves and our graduate work over and over again. To become well-prepared to seize these opportunities for building solid relationships on our new campuses, we'll focus this week on developing an "elevator pitch" or short introduction to who we are, what we are studying, and why....
Reading
5 videos (Total 26 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video5 videos
Language for the Elevator Pitch1m
Expanding Your Speaking Vocabulary1m
Introduction to MICASE Transcribed Real Speaking Situations11m
Introduction to Vocabulary.com to Generate Personalized Lists and Quizzes9m
Reading1 readings
Our First and Second Language Selves10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Verbs to Describe Your Experience4m
Language for Introducing Yourself Professionally10m
Reflect on Your Elevator Pitch10m

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2 hours to complete

Week 3: English for Interactive Learning & Teamwork

This week focuses on the many ways in which graduate students work together and with faculty in groups and teams. We'll look at the value of diverse group composition. We will explore language used to negotiate roles and prevent misunderstandings in collaborative settings....
Reading
5 videos (Total 9 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
How Diverse Groups Can Positively Impact Learning0m
Tips to Promote Mutual Understanding in Groups1m
Language for Negotiating One's Group Tasks (Part 1)2m
Language for Negotiating One's Group Tasks (Part 2)2m
Reading1 readings
Strategies for Negotiating One's Group Responsibilities10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Reflection on Group Project10m

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3 hours to complete

Week 4: English for Research & Scholarship

Of course the primary reason to pursue graduate studies is to learn about and participate in research and scholarship in your field. This week, we'll be looking at framing our own expertise, collaborating with faculty, and conventions around engaging with published scholarly writing....
Reading
5 videos (Total 18 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Munger Graduate Residences (From U-M Housing)4m
Introducing Your Research (From U-M Engineering)3m
Communicating and Collaborating with Faculty6m
Ownership & Sharing of Scholarship0m
Reading1 readings
Using the MICUSP Corpus to Explore Language Use, Organization, and Citations in Academic Writing10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Using the MICUSP Corpus to Explore Language Use, Organization, and Citations in Academic Writing24m

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3 hours to complete

Week 5: English in Campus Life

In this last week of our course together, we'll turn our attention to the transition to graduate student life on a new campus. We'll identify ways to connect with individuals and groups, and to foster a supportive community around us. We'll cap off the course with a "final draft" version of everyone's elevator pitches....
Reading
3 videos (Total 16 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Advice from Experienced Graduate Students (From U-M Rackham Graduate School)7m
Exploration: Work-life Balance (From U-M Rackham Graduate School)6m
Reading1 readings
Post-course Survey10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Final reflection: Using Your Elevator Pitch in Your Target Institution10m
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Pamela Bogart

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