The PWC offers two credit-bearing courses for graduate PhD students who could benefit from improving their English speaking and writing.
UNIV 601 Oral Communication Skills for International Graduate Students
This course will introduce students to expectations and assumptions of North American audiences, strategies for expressing ideas in individual and group conversations, and oral and visual skills needed for academic presentations. Pronunciation challenges will be diagnosed for individual students; students will use appropriate speaking programs in the Rice Language Lab; and, final projects will be related to students' studies or research.
UNIV 602 Academic Writing for International Graduate Students
This course will address writing at both the macro- and micro-level, engaging students in such academic writing tasks as critiquing, reporting, and interpreting research findings, illustrating and justifying the significance of research, while also attending to mechanical topics. Writing assignments in the course will be linked to students' studies, courses, or research. The course also provides space for required one-on-one conferences with instructors and CWOVC staff.
This course will be offered again in Spring 2017.