ESL Advanced Elective Courses

The ESL Writing Program offers two 8-week, graduate-level, advanced elective courses designed to give international students field-specific, individualized feedback: ESL 592 and 593. Classes and individual conferences with the instructor serve to support students’ work in their other coursework and professional pursuits. All international graduate students, postdocs, faculty, staff, and visiting scholars are eligible.

Note: These courses are not sequential (i.e. you can take 593 first or take just one of the two courses).

ESL 592 Advanced Academic Writing: Dissertation and Research Article Writing

Students will learn the conventions of academic writing in their own fields through self-directed learning with support from the ESL instructor.

  • Contract Learning: Students will set goals and design their own assignments, such as working on writing for their other courses, conferences, and/or dissertations.
  • Field-Specific Conventions: Lessons in genre analysis will enable students to derive field-specific patterns in writing and apply them to their own writing.

ESL 592 is typically offered in Session I (POT A) in the Fall and Spring semesters and is 8 weeks long.

Link to ESL 592 in Course Catalog

ESL 593 Academic Presentation Skills

This course will improve students’ skills in speaking and presenting research in academic settings. With the aim of creating and delivering compelling and professional presentations, students will practice orally explaining their research, adapting to different audiences, writing conference proposals, and giving and receiving feedback.

ESL 593 is typically offered in Session II (POT B) in the Fall and Spring semesters and is 6.5 weeks long.

Link to ESL 593 in Course Catalog

Eligibility and Registration

  ESL 592: Advanced Academic Writing ESL 593: Academic Presentation Skills
International Undergraduate Students Undergraduate junior and senior international students who have completed their composition requirements and are working on an advanced writing project should contact the Course Supervisor for consideration before enrolling. Do not qualify.
International Graduate Students

Graduate students must fulfill one of two categories based on English proficiency:

  1. If you were admitted as a "limited status" student, you must first take the Illinois English Placement Test and pass ESL 511-512 or 515 before taking this course.

  2. If you were admitted as a "full status" student, you were exempted from any ESL course requirements, and you qualify to take this course.

See the Graduate College website on the English Proficiency Requirement for Admission.

All international graduate students are eligible to take this course at any time, no matter their English proficiency status. ESL 593 can be taken alone or even simultaneously to other ESL courses.
International Postdocs, Faculty, Staff, and Visiting Scholars All are eligible. ESL 592 and ESL 593 can be taken independently or together. For more information on how to register for a course, see ESL Courses for International Visiting Scholars, Faculty, and Staff.