English Communication

English Communication

English communication proficiency is important for academic achievement and career success. The courses are designed to help MA and PhD students improve their English proficiency for written and spoken communication. In a small group setting (15-20 students), students will interact with the instructor and fellow classmates to improve communication skills and cultural awareness. Individual tutoring sessions are offered. 

These courses are zero credit, and grading is Pass/D/Fail. Each class is composed of eight sessions.

If you are interested in taking the course, please fill out the following form to receive the best recommendation for classes. Your submission will be reviewed, and Professor Lee will contact you with the appropriate course that you should take. Then, add yourself to the waitlist of the course (*not wish list).

MS English Communication Course Form

PhD English Communication Course Form

 

 

ENGI 5000 Workplace Communication English

This course is designed for graduate students (non-native English speakers) who would like to improve their oral English proficiency and confidence in speaking in the workplace and daily conversations. Students will learn how to conduct professional interviews, engage in small talk, use idioms, discuss and facilitate conversations, and summarize news. In addition to improving spoken proficiency, students will enhance their writing skills for cover letters and emails. Exercises and interactions prepare students to be successful in job interviews and collaborations in the workplace. This course is recommended for first-time students taking English Communication courses at Columbia Engineering. After completing this class, the instructor will recommend other advanced English Communication courses for you in future terms (i.e. ENGI 5001, ENGI 5002, or ENGI 5003.)

ENGI 5001 Professional Presentation

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed for professional presentations. Students learn the components for effective presentation materials, the rubrics for professional presentations, and useful strategies for presenting ideas (such as gesture, tone, and pronunciation). Students will analyze peers’ presentations and self-recorded video presentations using a framework. Presenters will reflect and improve their presentation skills. Students can discuss their own presentation anxieties and practice individual coping strategies. This course is recommended for students after completing ENGI 5000.

ENGI 5002 Professional Communication in English (Pronunciation)

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to improve their intelligibility when speaking English. Topics include: vowel and consonant sounds, rhythmic and musical aspects (i.e. syllable, stress, and intonation). Students improve their pronunciation through in-class activities such as practicing International Pronunciation Alphabet (IPA), minimal pair, tongue twisters, vowel diphthongs, word stress, intonation, and reading books/news. Students will identify personal pronunciation challenges and obtain feedback. Useful techniques and resources are provided for students to continue to practice outside the classroom. This course is recommended for students after completing ENGI 5000.

ENGI 5003 Academic Writing

This course is designed to improve writing skills that will be used for academic and workplace writing. This graduate-level writing course is designed to help students develop the rhetorical and language skills necessary to write about and present research findings. It also exposes students to conventions regarding the fair creation and use of intellectual property. Students practice reading critically, summarizing information, and writing and presenting research following the preferred conventions. This course serves as a cultural guide for students who may be unfamiliar with academic practices in American graduate education. To develop workplace writing skills, students will practice writing formal emails. Students will get resources for improving useful expressions and accurate grammar. This course is recommended for students after completing ENGI 5000.

ENGI 5009 Independent Studies

This course is designed for students who want to develop English communication skills continuously. Each student will set up his/her own goal for the class in consultation with the faculty member.

ENGI 7000 Academic Communication in English

This course is designed to help doctoral students shape a novice scholarly identity in terms of spoken and written communication. Students will engage in group conversations with appropriate discussion manners. While practicing writing assignments, students can understand the academic convention and develop rhetorical and language skills necessary for the research papers. Students will practice summarizing papers academically and exchanging peer feedback. This course serves as a cultural guide for students who are unfamiliar with American academic practices, conventions, and culture. In addition to composition development, students will practice facilitating discussion and engaging in discussions by choosing a topic, generating discussion questions, leading and participating in discussions, and sharing ideas on online discussion board. Through the activities, students will gain confidence in academic communication. This course is recommended for first-time students taking English Communication courses at Columbia Engineering. After completing this class, the instructor will recommend other advanced English Communication courses for you in future terms (i.e. ENGI 7001 or ENGI 7002).

ENGI 7001 Professional Presentation

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed for professional presentations. Students learn the components of effective presentation materials, the rubrics for professional presentations, and useful strategies for presenting ideas such as gesture, tone, and pronunciation. By analyzing peers’ presentations and self-recorded video presentation with rubrics, presenters will reflect and sharpen their presentation skills. Students can discuss their own presentation anxieties and practice individual coping strategies.

ENGI 7002 Advanced Academic Writing I

This course is designed to help doctoral students develop the necessary skills in addressing problems and solutions as well as evaluating papers. By the end of the course, students are expected to write a polished problem and solution essay that incorporates organizational patterns most frequently found in academic prose. Closely related activities include coverage of grammatical points relevant to the types of essays students are expected to write and revise. In addition to composition development, students will develop professional presentation skills for conference presentations.

ENGI 7003 Advanced Academic Writing II

This course is designed to help doctoral students develop the skills necessary to write about and present research findings. Students learn to locate, evaluate, and synthesize data from various print and online sources, employ appropriate genre and documentation conventions, and present their ideas in a coherent and scholarly manner. By the end of the course, students are expected to write a polished data commentary or research findings that incorporate organizational patterns most frequently found in academic prose. Grammatical instruction is tailored to the specific writing assignments.

ENGI 7009 Independent Studies

This course is designed for students who want to develop English communication skills continuously. Each student will set up his/her own goal for the class in consultation with the faculty member.

Customized Tutoring Service will be offered to meet students’ individual needs. Students can sign up for a tutoring session no more than once a week. Tutoring sessions are 20 minutes each. You can sign up using your name and email address and briefly write what you work on during the tutoring session.

Tutoring Sign-Up

If you have any questions about the courses, please contact Professor Sophia Lee.