Academic Communication Skills: Conversation Strategies for International Graduate Students

Academic Communication Skills: Conversation Strategies for International Graduate Students

by Li-Shih Huang

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Overview

Academic Communication Skills is designed to assist international graduate students as they create their own opportunities to expand their linguistic and strategic repertoires in academic English conversations. The needs of international graduate students are often different than those of others who have learned English as an additional language because they participate in academic conversations at advanced levels, encounter daily opportunities to discuss topics about which they have sophisticated knowledge, and are required to share their expertise with others (in their roles as teaching assistants or research assistants). As students progress in their academic studies, they increasingly understand that their fluency in academic oral communications plays an important role in their academic performance and future career options. While they recognize the importance, many voice frustrations, finding that speaking English is more difficult than writing and engaging in impromptu dialogues is more difficult than presenting prepared monologues. This book is an excellent resource for either classroom instruction or for self-study. It provides effective confidence-building strategies that speakers can try when participating in a range of different academic interactions. By guiding both students and instructors in examining common conversational challenges in academic environments, including many of the assumptions that frequently cause miscommunication, the book provides proven strategies for increased effectiveness and confidence in cross-cultural academic conversations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761852803
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 09/23/2010
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Li-Shih Huang, assistant professor of applied linguistics and learning and teaching scholar at the University of Victoria, has a decade of EAP (English for academic purposes) and EAL (English as an additional language) instructional and curriculum design experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She was also the recipient of TESOL's Award for Excellence in the Development of Pedagogical Materials.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 UNIT 1 GETTING STARTED: A GUIDE TO KEY TERMS AND CONCEPTS Chapter 4 UNIT 2 ENGAGING IN INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION Chapter 5 UNIT 3 PARTICIPATING IN SMALL GROUP SETTINGS I Chapter 6 UNIT 4 PARTICIPATING IN SMALL GROUP SETTINGS II Chapter 7 UNIT 5 GIVING DEPARTMENTAL PRESENTATIONS Chapter 8 UNIT 6 TEACHING IN THE CLASSROOM Chapter 9 UNIT 7 STEPPING OUT - CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS, RESEARCH TALKS, TEACHING DEMONSTRATIONS, AND INTERVIEWS Chapter 10 NOTES ON THE UNITS Chapter 11 REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING Chapter 12 SUBJECT INDEX Chapter 13 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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