English Language Studies Subjects

Below find descriptions and sample syllabi of our course offerings. To see dates and times of this semester’s offerings, see the MIT subject catalog.

21W.219/220[J] Foundations of Academic and Professional Writing (ELS)
Writing module for high-intermediate ELS students who wish to review and practice accurate grammar, effective sentence and paragraph structure, punctuation, and word choice. Short weekly writing assignments with extensive editing required. Meets with 21W.220 when offered concurrently. Limited to 18.

21W.222[J] Expository Writing for Bilingual Students
Formulating, organizing, and presenting ideas clearly in writing. Reviews basic principles of rhetoric. Focuses on development of a topic, thesis, choice of appropriate vocabulary, and sentence structure to achieve purpose. Develops idiomatic prose style. Gives attention to grammar and vocabulary usage. Special focus on strengthening skills of bilingual students. Intended to be taken during the student’s first year at MIT. Limited to 15; undergraduates only.
Staff

21W.223/224[J] Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation (ELS)
Designed for high intermediate ELS students who need to develop better listening comprehension and oral skills. Involves short speaking and listening assignments with extensive exercises in accurate comprehension, pronunciation, stress and intonation, and expression of ideas. Includes frequent video- and audio-recording for analysis and feedback. Meets with 21W.224 when offered concurrently. Limited to 18 per section.

21W.225/226[J] Advanced Workshop in Writing for Science and Engineering (ELS)
Analysis and practice of various forms of scientific and technical writing, from memos to journal articles. Strategies for conveying technical information to specialist and non-specialist audiences. The goal of the workshop is to develop effective writing skills for academic and professional contexts. Models, materials, topics, and assignments vary from term to term. Meets with 21W.226 when offered concurrently. Limited to 18 per section.

21W.227[J] Advanced Workshop in Writing for Social Sciences and Architecture (ELS)
Focuses on techniques, format, and prose used in academic and professional life. Emphasis on writing required in fields such as economics, political science, and architecture. Short assignments include business letters, memos, and proposals that lead toward a written term project. Methods designed to accommodate those whose first language is not English. Develops effective writing skills for academic and professional contexts. Models, materials, topics, and assignments vary from term to term. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Limited to 18 per section.
Staff

21W.232[J] Advanced Speaking and Critical Listening Skills (ELS)
For advanced students who wish to build confidence and skills in spoken English. Focuses on the appropriate oral presentation of material in a variety of professional contexts: group discussions, classroom explanations and interactions, and theses/research proposals. Valuable for those who intend to teach or lecture in English. Includes frequent video- and audio-recording for analysis and feedback. Develops effective speaking and listening skills for academic and professional contexts. Models, materials, topics and assignments vary from term to term. May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Meets with 21W.233 when offered concurrently. Limited to 15 per section.
A. C. Kemp

21W.237[J] MIT Out Loud: Public Speaking for Bilingual Students
Develops oral communication skills for bilingual students through the lens of the MIT experience. Speaking assignments in informative and persuasive speech forms draw on examples of popular culture and MIT touchstones, such as “alternative” campus tours, interviews, MIT 100K pitches, and TED talks. Explores the role of voice and body language through improvisation and impromptus. Focuses on spoken accuracy and vocabulary through oral exercises designed for bilingual students. Frequent video-recording will be used for self-evaluation. Limited to 15.
A. C. Kemp

21W.240[J] Imagining English: Creative Writing for Bilingual Students
Instruction for bilingual students in writing short stories and poems in English. Involves the study of craft, revision, and creativity, as well as close reading of important works by American, British, and non-native writers’ writing in English. Analyzes “the limits of English” through group discussions of student writing to distinguish linguistic freshness from grammatical incorrectness, with review of relevant rules. Includes academic and non-academic vocabulary building, a formal writing process, literary analysis essays, short translations to and from students’ native languages, and the workshopping (peer reviewing) of creative work. Limited to 18.