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English as a Second Language Instruction

The Program in Writing & Communication understands how challenging it can be for non-native English speakers to pursue academic writing and research endeavors. We support international students through a variety of programming and coursework to help them become more successful throughout their Rice career.

UNIV Seminars

The PWC offers two credit-bearing seminars for graduate students who could benefit from improving their English speaking and writing. UNIV 601, Oral Communication Skills for International Graduate Students, is designed for first-year graduate PhD students and is offered both fall and spring semesters. UNIV 602, Academic Writing for International Graduate Students, is designed for advanced students and is offered each spring. UNIV 602 may also be appropriate for first-year students, but is most useful for students with material about which to write.

Workshops

The Center for Written, Oral, & Visual Communication offers multi-week workshops every year on topics such as “Grammar in Writing” and “Oral Presentation Skills.”  These free workshops are taught by instructors experienced in working with international graduate students and last several weeks.  Students can view the schedule and sign up for these workshops at cwovc.rice.edu/workshops.

Individual Consultations

The Center for Written, Oral, & Visual Communication offers students up to 14 appointments per semester to receive feedback on papers, articles, slides, presentations, posters, and related material. There is no line-editing that occurs in these sessions; instead, international students will learn strategies to improve their English language skills. Students can make appointments at cwovc.rice.edu.