Professional and Academic English Program (PAEP)

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Program Description

The English Language Institute's Professional and Academic English program immerses students in culture and language experienced in academic and professional environments. This is an intensive, 6-week program developed by the ELI for international students who will attend graduate programs in the US or require English in a professional capacity. The program uses a variety of professional and academic content as the basis for English language classes. Content includes texts from journals and textbooks, lectures, research papers, and report requirements, and work with librarians. PAEP is designed for students who have a high level of English proficiency.  

Classes are non-credit and meet for five hours a day, four days a week during the six-week program.  In this program, students will develop in the following skill areas:

  • Language Skills
    • Giving professional oral presentations
    • Expanding reading strategies
    • Expanding listening comprehension
    • Strengthening speaking skills and fluency
    • Strengthening writing skills and fluency
    • Exploring the interaction of language and culture
    • Enhancing academic communication skills
  • Academic and Professional Skills
    • Small group interaction for project work
    • Educational styles in US graduate schools
    • Communication styles
    • Research using library databases and resources

Program size is usually limited to 16 students.

Last updated Nov 2020

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