English Language Courses at the University
An international graduate student who successfully completes any of the following MU courses automatically qualifies for a language reassessment at the end of the semester in which the course is taken.
International teaching assistant (ITA) candidates may also qualify for reassessment if they complete an Individual Language Development Plan or other off-campus classes with proper documentation.
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ELSP 400 Oral Communication
This course is offered by the English Language Support Program. For more information, call 573-882-7523, or go to 208 McReynolds Hall for information about and consent to take this course.
Intensive English Program
Graduate students also often enroll in the Intensive English Program (IEP) summer program which emphasizes oral skills. This special summer section is open to graduate students and prospective ITAs. For more information, call 573-882-7523, or go to 208 McReynolds Hall for information about and consent to take this class.
Courses requiring an ITAP course application form
Please complete an International Teaching Assistant Program course application form and return in to the ITAP office in 305 McReynolds hall to be admitted to any of the courses below: ita-application.pdf
GRAD 7302: Tools for Teaching American Students
This class focuses on advanced academic listening, discrete pronunciation skills, techniques for leading lab sections and one on one interactions, as well as give a general overview of American classroom culture. Requires an MU Oral Language Proficiency Assessment score of provisional 2 or level 1, previous completion of ELSP 400 and course consent. Offered fall and spring semesters.
GRAD 7303: Communication and Culture for American College Teaching
This class focuses primarily on the linguistic aspects of teaching and specific pedagogical and cultural aspects of the American classroom. It will emphasize fluency development at the suprasegmental level and interactive teaching skills, such as organizational, questioning and compensation strategies. Requires an MU Oral Language Proficiency Assessment score of 2 or previous completion of GRAD 7302 and course consent. Offered in fall, spring and summer semesters.
GRAD 9304: Instructional and Communication Strategies for Effective College Teaching
This class focuses on teaching and presentation strategies such as presenting with technology, using case studies and problem based learning, interactive learning, and classroom and course management. The linguistic emphasis will be on reduction, linking and speech patterns. Requires an MU Oral Language Proficiency Assessment score of 3 or previous completion of GRAD 7303 and course consent. Offered fall and spring semesters.