ENGL 62000 Professional Development Section

Students who have been certified may be interested in the Professional Development Section of ENGL 62000. This section allows students to continue improving their spoken English proficiency and focuses on skills important to students nearing graduation and planning to enter the job market. Students must apply for and be accepted in to the class. Students may apply at any time.

Because the OEPP must first meet the demand for ENGL 62000 by students who have not yet been certified, the Professional Development section is not offered on a regular basis. Students who have submitted an application will be notified via email when the next class is scheduled.

This course offers 5 equivalent credits* to represent the amount of time and work necessary in the class. It takes time to improve oral English skills, so students need to be aware that class attendance and participation is very important and necessary. Students should not apply to this course unless they are willing to make this commitment. Enrollment in the course is limited to 8 students and demand for the course is great. It is important that students apply only if they are willing to make the commitment to regularly attend class and to remain in the class for the entire semester.

*Equivalent credit represents the amount of work required by the course. However, equivalent credit is not factored in to a student's GPA and the credit does not count toward a plan of study.

The course will have six main components:

I. Goal Setting/Community Involvement — Focus is on individuals' motivation to increase English proficiency and identify community resources available to support students' goals.

II. Explication & Presentation Skills — Instruction, demonstration, practice (with short presentation opportunities) and evaluation of: defining terms and explaining processes or concepts in settings of varying formalities.

III. Interaction in Group Settings — Instruction, demonstration, practice (with case studies of real problems) and evaluation of interaction in group meetings, including individual style and general social rules of conduct.

IV. Preparation for Recruitment — Instruction, demonstration, practice (with a mock interviewer) and evaluation in preparation for the academic job recruitment process.

V. Coordination of Academic Writing with Oral Proficiency Transcription — Assessment of oral and technical writing skills including grammar, sentence structure and overall cohesion, and overview of strategies for writing in a systematic manner.

VI. One-on-One Interaction — Accent reduction instruction and/or discourse practice with the course instructor and/or another outside participant, individually for 30 minutes per week.

Students will receive a grade of "S" or "U." This course is not repeatable.

If you would like to be considered for the course, you must complete a course application and email it to oepp@purdue.edu.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the course, please email oepp@purdue.edu.

Students who would like additional ESL instruction are also encouraged to consider the options listed on our list of Community Resources in ESL.

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