ELI 592 - Topics in English for Academic Purposes
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Culture and Communication in the US
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language Institute (ELI)
Department: LSA English Language Institute
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Grading basis of 'S' or 'U'.
May be repeated for credit.
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Do you sometimes feel that you understand the words but not the meaning of what someone is saying? Do you feel you lack important cultural knowledge to fully participate in conversations in English? In this class, you will gain useful strategies to bridge cultural differences in order to discuss “challenging topics” like cultural values and social justice. You will deepen your experience socializing in English so that you feel more comfortable and confident in intercultural interactions. You will learn how to make connections across cultures, talk about your own culture in English and explore your own identity and culture in relation to others so that you can participate in campus conversations about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

This course may be right for you if you are a graduate student in your second semester or beyond and are relatively comfortable speaking English, but feel that you sometimes lack the cultural knowledge to participate in conversations on and off-campus. It might also be right for you if you are a more advanced student but have limited opportunities to use English in your daily life. Students often take this course after completing ELI 531 Language and Communication, ELI 533 Interactive Listening and Communication or ELI 534 Discussion and Oral Argumentation.

Course activities include:
  • Weekly short readings or video viewing on topics in US culture
  • Pair and group discussions
  • Visiting speakers on topics in US culture
  • Discussions with US-raised U-M students

Intended Audience:

International graduate students in their second semester or beyond


ELI 592 - Topics in English for Academic Purposes
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
5Graduate Standing
Th 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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