Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange (PLaCE) Department of English

ENGL 110: American Language and Culture for International Students I

Course Overview

This course is the first of the PLaCE sequence (preceding ENGL 111). In ENGL 110, students will develop the foundational language skills and knowledge that they need to succeed in their other classes at Purdue and to prepare for further academic and professional opportunities. Students will also deepen their understanding of American culture (especially as it relates to being a university student in the U.S.) and improve their ability to think about cultural differences in positive ways. In a sense, this class will be a bridge to help students transition to other language-intensive courses at Purdue where they need to read, write, and speak frequently and/or work in groups (such as business, composition, engineering, literature, public speaking, and social sciences).  The PLaCE courses were previously named GS 100 and GS 101.

Course objectives


  • Identifying topics, main ideas and supporting details in a range of authentic texts
  • Determining the meaning of unknown words or phrases by using contextual clues
  • Processing written texts at an efficient speed for specific purposes (e.g., exams, homework)


  • Forming complex sentences and complete paragraphs free from major grammatical and mechanical (spelling, capitalization, punctuation) errors
  • Crafting strong arguments and supporting them with evidence
  • Accurately summarizing, paraphrasing and quoting information from source materials with accompanying citations
  • Producing written texts at an efficient speed for specific purposes (e.g., essay exams, term papers)


  • Selecting appropriate vocabulary and discourse markers for class discussions and presentations
  • Utilizing stress patterns, rhythmic structures, and reduced sounds to focus attention, indicate attitudes and regulate conversation
  • Engaging in small talk and speaking extemporaneously on a variety of topics
  • Monitoring mistakes and making productive self-corrections while speaking in public

You'll have the opportunity to complete three extracurricular activities, such as attending a Student Success workshop or volunteering to observe a graduate student presentation in English 620.

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