Second-language acquisition research indicates that formal instruction is critical for most users of English as an academic language at the limited level.Students seem to make the greatest progress in modifying their pronunciation with instruction during their first year in an English-speaking environment.
They will be Students take academic subjects in ELS to(a) learn the norms for communicating in academic and professional life, (b) improve accuracy and appropriateness of expression within this new context, and (c) develop the intuition and habits needed for successful communication within disciplinary and international professional communities.
The program is informed by the current research and best practices from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including professional and cross-cultural communication, 2ndlanguage acquisition and pedagogy, discourse analysis, and contrastive rhetoric.
The activities and graded assignments allow students to tackle a wide range of academic speaking and writing activities, to receive frequent constructive feedback from peers and instructors, and to track their progress.
Any undergraduate and graduate student user of English as an academic language can register for an ELS subject. Students who are interested in an ELS subject, and who have not received FEE or EET recommendations, are encouraged to meet with one of the GSL faculty members to identify an appropriate subject.
Preference is given to students required to take the class according to the results of the FEE.
If space allows, other undergraduate bilingual undergraduates may register, with preference given to ELS concentrators and other pre-registered students.It allows for discussion of differences and similarities among Anglo-American and other cultural communication norms--important knowledge for global professionals.Students who are interested in an ELS subject, and who have not received FEE or EET recommendations, are encouraged to meet with one of the GSL instructors to identify a suitable subject, if necessary.Graduate students whose English Evaluation Test (EET) results indicate limited controlof the academic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) required for higher education will benefit from immediate instruction and guided practice in academic English.Two subjects, both offered fall and spring semesters, are designed for these students: 21G.224 and 21G.219.An undergraduate concentration consists of any three subjects in English Language Studies or related fields.For the online HASS Concentration Form, click through to edu!Students who are recommended to take the ELS subject Foundations of Academic and Professional Writing (21G.219) and take it within two or three semesters of arriving at MIT will be much better prepared to read critically within their discipline and to write up their ELS curriculum is designed for regular MIT undergraduate and graduate students; the materials, assignments, and pace are often a poor fit for the needs or desires of non-student members of the community.ELS subjects are part of the regular, academic curriculum, which is covered by tuition.Therefore, we think students for whom the ELS subject Listening, Speaking & Pronunciation is recommended, and who take 21G.224 in their first year at MIT, will benefit more than if they wait until subsequent years.For the same reason, students with limited reading comprehension and production of academic written texts require instruction to work toward accuracy, clarity and appropriate tone in academic writing.