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About ELSO Courses
ELSO courses provide space for international multilingual graduate and professional students to learn strategies, practice skills, make progress toward their own goals, receive feedback from experienced instructors, and form community with peers from across Cornell in a supportive setting. ELSO courses are not required but are self-selected by students who want to excel as writers, speakers, and English users across academic and professional contexts and fields.
We encourage students to look over sample course syllabus in our Canvas site (“English Language Support for International Graduate and Professional Students”) to determine if a course is right for you.
ELSO Course Announcements
New Writing Course Sequence: In fall 2020, ELSO is introducing a revised curriculum for our writing courses, with new course numbers, titles, and course descriptions (see below). The ELSO writing courses now have less overlap among them, more clearly form a sequence, and target different phases of the writing process. Further, they now all use a "workshop" format, meaning that in each class meeting, students are introduced to writing strategies that they then apply directly to current writing projects, and class-time is dedicated to writing, so that students may try the strategies while within a supportive writing community. Read more about the new writing courses here. Have questions? Speak to an ELSO faculty member during our Open Hours.
Continuing COVID-19 Response: In fall 2020, all ELSO courses will be offered remotely, with options for synchronous and asynchronous participation.
ELSO Course Eligibility and Policies
- All Ithaca-campus Cornell international graduate and professional students who are able to enroll in courses through Student Center may enroll in ELSO courses. (Cornell students enrolled at Cornell Tech and Weill are not eligible for ELSO courses.)
- Students who are not able to enroll through Student Center (i.e. Continuing Education students, visiting students who do not pay tuition to Cornell, visiting students who are classified as undergraduates at Cornell but are registered in graduate degree programs in their home countries) should contact the course instructor for permission to enroll in the course. Typically, permission is only granted if seats are unfilled on the first day of class.
- Students are not permitted to audit ELSO courses.
- Students must be in attendance during the first or second class meeting to participate in the course.
- If a course is full, you may email the course instructor to be put on a waitlist. Waitlisted students should attend the course on the first day of class. If seats open on the first day, the instructor will add students according to their position on the waitlist and who is present in class that day.
- ELSO courses are 7-weeks, S/U, and credit-bearing (1.5 credits).
- Though ELSO courses are credit-bearing, individual programs determine whether those credits may apply toward degree requirements or for elective credit. Questions about how these credits are applied should be directed to director of your graduate program (DGS), graduate field assistant (GFA) or your advisor.
- ELSO courses have attendance policies. Typically, in face-to-face classes, no more than one absence is permitted for 7-week courses that meet once a week and no more than two absences are permitted for 7-week courses that meet twice a week. If more absences are anticipated, speak to the course instructor before enrolling in the course to see if exceptions may be granted. (Attendance and participation expectations will vary for remote courses.)
Fall 2020 ELSO Course Schedule
Registration is through Student Center. Students may enroll for courses during the pre-enrollment period (April 22-24 for continuing students; July 13-17 for new students) or during the add period (7W1: dates not yet set; 7W2: dates not yet set). (See the full registration calendar here.)
If the course doesn’t appear in Student Center, it has reached its cap of twelve students. To be added to the waitlist, email the course instructor (click on the instructor's name below). You may also attend class on the first day to see if a seat has opened. Students who are both on the waitlist and in class on the first day will be given priority should seats open.
*ELSO 6535.001 Research Paper Writing Workshop is enrolled by permission of the instructor (Dr. Cox). Apply here.
*ELSO 6565.001 Thesis and Dissertation Writing Workshop is enrolled by permission of the instructor (Dr. Cox). Apply here.
*ELSO 6595.001 Revising and Editing Workshop is enrolled by permission of the instructor (Dr. Lindberg). Apply here.
Set 1 (7W1): September 2 to October 20 (schedule revised in August 2020)
|Course Number||Course Title||Instructor||Days/Times||Location|
|ELSO 6210.001||Improving Pronunciation||Myers||Tues/Thurs 9:55-11:10 am||remote|
|ELSO 6220.001||Taking Part in Discussions||Myers||Tues/Thurs 1:25-2:40 pm||remote|
|ELSO 6515.001||Preparing to Write||Lindberg||Tues/Thurs 4:55-6:10 pm||remote|
|ELSO 6515.002||Preparing to Write||Cox||
Mon/Wed 3:00-4:15 pm
|ELSO 6535.001*||Research Paper Writing Workshop||Cox||
|ELSO 6620.001||Preparing for the Professional Job Search||Lindberg||
Set 2 (7W2): October 21-December 16 (schedule revised in August 2020)
|Improving Pronunciation||Lindberg||Tues/Thurs 4:55-6:10 pm||remote|
|ELSO 6230.001||Designing and Delivering Presentations||Myers||Tues/Thurs 9:55-11:10 am||remote|
|ELSO 6515.003||Preparing to Write||Myers||Tues/Thurs 1:25-2:40 pm||remote|
|ELSO 6565.001*||Thesis and Dissertation Writing Workshop||Cox||Mon/Wed 7:30-8:45 pm||remote|
|ELSO 6595.001*||Revising and Editing Workshop||Lindberg||Mon/Wed 4:55-6:10 pm||remote|
|ELSO 6610.001||Communicating in the Workplace||Cox||
Mon/Wed 4:55-6:10 pm
ELSO Course Descriptions: Speaking
ELSO speaking courses are designed to create a safe space to explore questions about the linguistic and cultural aspects of speaking English in U.S. academic settings, learn strategies, and practice oral communication.
ELSO 6210 Improving Pronunciation: When we think about pronunciation, we often think about individual sounds, but other features of speech are often more important for making oneself understood. These features, such as pausing, intonation and stress, make up the melody of English. By the end of this course, students will increase their awareness of and control over the aspects of spoken English that most affect intelligibility, gain confidence for being understood by listeners, and develop strategies for more self-directed learning beyond the course.
ELSO 6220 Taking Part in Discussions: In academia, students participate in discussions to share knowledge, create new knowledge, and challenge ideas. This course gives students strategies and practice working in range of discussion contexts, from one-on-one to planning and leading class discussions. By the end of this course, students will have learned strategies for preparing for, entering in, responding to, and leading different types of discussions, as well as gain more confidence to assert their voices.
ELSO 6230 Designing and Delivering Effective Presentations: Whether presenting for seminars, journal club meetings, conferences, or in classes, being comfortable presenting is an essential part of graduate studies. This course will provide students with strategies for preparing and delivering presentations that are clear, compelling, persuasive, concise, and visually effective, as well as offer opportunities to practice delivering presentations in front of a supportive audience.
ELSO Course Descriptions: Writing
Starting in fall 2020, ELSO is offering a redesigned set of writing courses. These writing courses target specific phases in the writing process—from preparing to write (ELSO 6515), to generating drafts (ELSO 6535 and 6565) and revising and editing drafts (ELSO 6595). Read more about the new writing courses here.
ELSO 6515 Preparing to Write Workshop: This course is designed for international graduate and professional students who are in the early stages of a writing project or who want to learn strategies in preparation for future writing projects. During this course, students will explore general and discipline-specific writing processes, approaches to understanding types of writing in their field, strategies for reading and note-taking, library resources specific to their field, and approaches for generating ideas and prose with more ease. Students will have time during class to apply the strategies to a current or upcoming writing project.
ELSO 6535 Research Paper Writing Workshop: This course is designed to assist international graduate and professional students in making progress on drafting a research paper (e.g. article for publications, dissertation chapter, seminar paper, or conference paper). Students will learn strategies for setting and meeting writing goals as well as strategies for developing particular sections of research papers. Each class meeting consists of a lecture/discussion on an aspect of research paper writing, quiet writing time, optional meetings with the instructor, and group meetings. It is advised (but not required) that students take ELSO 6515 before enrolling in this course. This course is enrolled by permission of the instructor. The application link may be found above, with the semester schedule.
ELSO 6565 Thesis and Dissertation Writing Workshop: This course is designed to assist international graduate and professional students in making progress on drafting parts of their theses and dissertations. This course provides structured writing time, a supportive writing community, and access to writing resources. Each class meeting consists of small group discussions on aspects of thesis/dissertation writing, quiet writing time, and consultations with the instructor. It is advised (but not required) that students take ELSO 6515 and/or ELSO 6535 before taking this course. This course is enrolled by permission of the instructor. The application link may be found above, with the semester schedule.
ELSO 6595 Revising and Editing Workshop: This course is designed to assist international graduate and professional students who have completed drafts of written pieces and wish to learn strategies for improving them. Students will learn how revise for organization and structure; edit for style, including flow, cohesion, and syntax; proofread for surface-level errors; assess the incorporation of source material (i.e. references); and improve overall readability. Each class meeting consists of a lecture/discussion on strategies for revision and editing, quiet writing time, consultations with the instructor, and group meetings. It is advised (but not required) that students take ELSO 6515, ELSO 6535, and/or ELSO 6565 before enrolling in this course. This course is enrolled by permission of the instructor. The application link may be found above, with the semester schedule.
ELSO Course Descriptions: Professional Communication and the Job Search
ELSO 66xx courses intentionally blend writing and speaking instruction to focus on communication contexts outside of the classroom.
ELSO 6610 Communicating in the Workplace: This course is designed for international graduate and professional students who will need to communicate in English in professional contexts. Students will learn about differences between academic and workplace communication, explore communication strategies effective for different workplace situations, consider cultural aspects of workplace communication, and gain experience with oral and written professional communication.
ELSO 6620 Preparing for the Professional Job Search: This course introduces a series of professional job application steps, including the giving elevator pitches, networking, searching for jobs, interpreting job ads, attending job fairs, making digital profiles, writing resumes and cover letters, interviewing, and becoming familiar with relevant resources. By the end of this course, students will be aware of the different dimensions of applying for professional jobs, including their cultural and linguistic implications. This course will be useful to students to develop their job application documents and skills.
ELSO 6630 Preparing for the Academic Job Search: This course is designed to assist advanced international doctoral students as they prepare to apply for academic positions. Students will learn strategies for planning an academic job search, developing application materials (i.e. CVs, application letters, teaching statements, and research statements), and preparing for first- and second-stage interviews. This course is most useful to students who are preparing to apply for positions but may also be useful to those just starting to explore the process. This course is enrolled by permission of the instructor.