Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange (PLaCE) Department of English

Courses Overview

PLaCE — Language and Cultural Support for International Students

PLaCE supports international students who learned English as a second language and who will benefit from language and cultural support as they adjust to life at a U.S. university. We offer two 3-credit courses designed to help you improve core language skills in English. Additionally, short courses are offered in target areas on a periodic basis.

PLaCE courses are a good fit if you are a first-year international student who scored below 101 on the TOEFL or less than or equal to an overall 7.5 on the IELTS. ENGL 110/ENGL 111 may also be a good fit at any level if you speak English as a second language and want to improve your core language skills and cultural knowledge.  ENGL 110/111 were previously called GS 100/101.

ENGL 110/ENGL 111

  • ENGL 110: American Language and Culture for International Students I
    • Work individually to develop reading fluency
    • Work in groups to apply what you learn through problem-solving activities
    • Complete writing assignments to develop efficiency and clarity in writing
  • ENGL 111: American Language and Culture for International Students II
    • Prepare, practice and deliver several kinds of presentations to improve your spoken clarity, fluency and confidence
    • Develop effective communication skills and strategies for the college classroom and beyond, including public speaking and language learning strategies
  • Both classes will:
    • Focus on language skills necessary for success at Purdue University and beyond
    • Further develop interpersonal and intercultural communication skills
    • Foster collaborative learning and critical thinking
    • Raise social and environmental awareness on local and global levels

Short Courses

PLaCE short courses provide additional 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. Topics vary by session, but past courses have included Public Speaking, Pronunciation and Prosody, Academic Writing-Grammar, and Social Language Use. 

Graduate Courses

The Oral English Proficiency Program (OEPP) works with University departments to support international graduate students who are, or would like to be, teaching assistants.

Purdue University benefits from the knowledge and talents of non-native, English-speaking graduate teaching assistants in many aspects of its instructional program. These persons bring an essential diversity of culture to the campus and thus enrich our total academic environment. These benefits cannot be realized, however, if there is a language barrier between instructors and students.

Before being appointed to a teaching assistant position, a student must be certified for oral English proficiency by one of the accepted methods. Students should work with departmental liaisons to register and prepare for the Oral English Proficiency Test (OEPT), and, if necessary, enroll in English 62000: Classroom Communication for International Graduate Students.

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