Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange (PLaCE) Department of English

Short Courses

PLaCE Short Courses provide additional options for support in English language development and are open to all students. Short courses are six-week-long courses (shorter than a full semester). These classes are longer than a workshop and do not count toward your GPA or show up on your academic transcript.

Popular Courses

Speaking and Listening: Pronunciation and Prosody

This short course will help non-native speakers of English develop a more "listener friendly" pronunciation through practice of the sound patterns in spoken English (rhythm and melody). You'll also meet with an instructor individually to receive personal feedback on pronunciation.

Speaking and Listening: Public Speaking

This short course gives students the opportunity to practice and fine-tune their public speaking skills. The course is student-driven, and the bulk of class time will be spent preparing for and delivering speeches in front of an audience. While no formal grades are given, the teacher will provide both written and verbal feedback. Attendance and participation are critical to the overall mission of the course.

Speaking and Listening: Social Language Use

This course will give non-native speakers of English a chance to expand their conversational skills and cultural perspectives. The class will choose social topics and explore them through readings, video, media, discussions and other activities. This course will also help you navigate the complexities of social interaction in America through various interactions including apologies, complaints, compliments, requests and refusals. A theme of the class is the respectful exchange of ideas among a diverse group of people.

Academic Writing: Focus on Grammar

This course is for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve the grammatical accuracy of their academic writing. Specific topics covered will vary by session, but may include verb tenses and aspect, relative clauses, sentence structure, and punctuation patterns. You'll learn to self-diagnose the most common grammatical errors, to apply grammatical rules learned in the course and to develop strategies to enhance grammatical correctness.

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