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*NEW* Online Spring Seminars for Current Graduate Students

New for Spring 2020:
ELI Spring Seminars (Non-Credit)

NOTE: REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2020 SEMINARS IS NOW CLOSED

Open to current U-M Graduate Students only

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, all Spring/Summer 2020 programs at the University of Michigan will be delivered remotely. 

In order to provide ongoing language instruction and practice to currently enrolled U-M graduate students wherever they are located during this time of remote study, the English Language Institute is offering two new seminars that provide introductions to the English for Academic Purposes approach to graduate communication that guides our credit course offerings during the academic year. 

Seminar materials and activities will be delivered asynchronously. This means that you can complete activities and assignments according to your own schedule, at any time during the week, no matter what time zone you are in, as long as you meet weekly deadlines. Optional synchronous meetings will provide opportunities to interact with your instructors and classmates in real time. 

We are offering two seminars for Spring 2020. Each lasts six weeks, June 1 - July 10, and entails a weekly time commitment of approximately 4 hours per week. Each seminar is limited to 15 participants in order to maximize opportunities for practice and feedback. The course fee for each seminar is $490. 
 

Spring Seminar: Introduction to Academic Writing

This online non-credit spring offering from the English Language Institute (ELI) introduces you to some of the important organizational patterns and strategies graduate students must master in order to become more confident, effective writers. 

This seminar is based on the English for Academic Purposes approach followed in ELI courses. You will explore the choices academic writers make. You will practice academic writing in a variety of online activities, such as discussions, collaborative writing, and online versions of class activities in our textbook. You will write three short papers, respond to other students’ writing in peer reviews, and revise your papers in response to teacher and peer feedback. At the end of the seminar, you will receive personalized advising on future ELI courses that might be of benefit to you.
 

Spring Seminar: Introduction to Academic Speaking

This online non-credit spring offering from the English Language Institute (ELI) is designed to provide engaged, active speaking and listening practice to help you become a more confident and effective speaker in academic and professional settings. 

This seminar provides an introduction to the English for Academic Purposes approach of ELI courses. You will explore and practice academic communication through online activities that include developing small talk skills, crafting an elevator pitch, and giving brief informal presentations. You will improve your speaking fluency and ability to smoothly deliver prepared talks. You will also expand your range of vocabulary and useful set expressions. At the end of the seminar, you will receive personalized advising on future ELI courses that may be of benefit to you.
 

Spring Seminar Details

Dates: June 1-July 10 
Weekly time commitment: 4 hours 
Seminar Fee: $490
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Note: These spring seminars do not carry credit or appear on official transcripts. For information about ELI’s credit courses in English for Academic Purposes, click here

These spring seminars are open only to students currently matriculated U-M graduate students. Students who have been admitted for the Fall 2020 semester and are interested in a language experience should click here for information about ELI Summer Programs.