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EMI series: Graduate student professional development program (CTL, Korea University)

Notice: This program / series has ended, as of June 2014. I will not be conducting this program, as I am moving to a different department. Students and others are welcome to use these materials for their own benefit.


1 Seminar descriptions

Below are the main seminar handouts that you need, and some extra handouts for your own edification and pleasure. The links for each seminarshould be active at least a few days beforehand (the main handout first, followed later by additional or optional handouts, and a video link after the talk). Those with asterisks [*] pertain to assignments for the certificate program, and are thus strongly recommended for certificate seekers.

2 Module A: General

2.1 A1. Strategies for academic English [14 March]

General strategies for improving one's academic English will be discussed, as well as general tips for English academic writing and presentations. This includes the writing process, dealing with mental blocks, and the difficulties in working in English as a second language. Main handout:

Other handouts & materials [optional / extra]

  1. Differences between ordinary and academic writing
  2. ESL writing issues for Koreans
  3. The writing process
  4. EMI Lecture video #1 [Spring 2013, on Youtube]
  5. Freedom from English, 세바시 talk by Kent Lee [세상을 바꾸는 시간 15분, Korean CBS-TV].

2.2 A2. Preparing for academic and professional careers* [21 March]

This seminar will discuss career prospects for graduate students, and how students can prepare themselves. Interviews, CVs, résumés, cover letters and other materials will be covered. Main handout:

Other materials

  1. Typical job interview questions
  2. Job interview mistakes to avoid
  3. Cover letter sample / template #1 | Cover letter sample / template #2
  4. CV sample
  5. CVs, résumés, cover letters - see GSP Portfolios page
  6. Lecture video

3 Module B: Pedagogy & professional development

3.1 B1. Preparing for the teaching career* [28 March]

Those interested in teaching can learn how to examine and explain their teaching philosophy and style, and learn skills such as writing teaching philosophy statements and interviewing for teaching jobs. Note: Please fill out the PAEI below and calculate your scores before you come, so that you can discuss your results at the seminar.

Other materials

  1. Philosophy of Adult Education Inventory [PAEI ]
  2. PAEI - compact print-out
  3. TPS manual (with examples)
  4. Interview questions for academic jobs
  5. A few more handouts on teaching statements on the portfolio page
  6. Informal MBTI survey and explanation of MBTI
  7. Teaching Styles Inventory (spreadsheet) and explanation
  8. Lecture video [Youtube]

3.2 B2. Course and lesson planning* [04 April]

Future teachers can learn tips for efficiently designing courses, writing syllabi, creating materials, and creating lesson plans with clear learning objectives in mind.

Other materials

  1. Course, syllabus and lesson design
  2. Sample syllabus 1: English composition
  3. Sample syllabus 2: Language teaching methods course
  4. Lecture video[Youtube]

3.3 B3. Teaching methods & strategies [11 April]

Teachers can develop their teaching skills by learning basic techniques for teaching contents and concepts, such as how students learn, scaffolding, conceptual learning, and interactive learning methods.

Other materials

  1. Course, syllabus and lesson design
  2. Scaffolding
  3. Videos: [1] Walter Lewin, MIT; [2] excerpt from Mona Lisa Smile: "It's art"; [3] excerpt from The Mirror Has Two Faces: baseball physics; [4]
  4. Lecture video [Youtube]

3.4 B4. Assessment and feedback in teaching [18 April, 10am]

Future educators can learn how to use assessments more effectively, such as exams and assignments. This includes (1) grading, using rubrics, and giving better feedback; (2) common student difficulties in writing essays and research papers.

Other materials

  1. Assessment and rubrics
  2. Formative assessment
  3. Giving feedback
  4. Using questions and leading class discussions
  5. Video: exam commercial
  6. Lecture video [Youtube]

3.5 B5. Interactive classroom activities [18 April, 2pm]

Teaching can be enhanced with effective questions, and interactive and group activities. We will learn about activities such as group work, problem based learning, discovery based learning, and others, as well as assessing group work.

Other materials

  1. Introduction to group activities
  2. Types of group activities
  3. Using questions and leading class discussions
  4. Invention activities [science/math]
  5. Grammar Cookbook [language teaching: guide to grammar activities, including pair/group activities]
  6. Mazur: Interactive teaching in physics
  7. Lecture video [Youtube]

4 Module C: EAP Speaking

4.1 C1. Conference proposals and presentations* [02 May]

Conference presentations are the first step in building your academic career, and this seminar will cover the basics of poster presentations, conference proposals, and formal conference presentation skills.

Other materials

  1. Conference proposal samples
  2. Poster template and
  3. Lecture expressions (booklet)
  4. Word choice issues (booklet)
  5. Lecture video [Youtube]

4.2 C2. English speaking & listening skills [09 May]

Problematic issues of English pronunciation for Koreans will be discussed, such as certain consonants, long vowels, word stress (“accent”) and other stress patterns, intonation, and vocal delivery. * C2 Seminar handout

Other materials

  1. Typical pronunciation issues for Koreans (similar to #1)
  2. EAP & pronunciation handouts and practice materials (on another website)
  3. The 'th' sounds of English
  4. Phonetics tutorial: flash-based tutorials for English vowels & consonants, showing how sounds are made in the mouth
  5. Word choice issues (booklet)
  6. Lecture video [Youtube]

4.3 C3. Lecture and presentation skills [16 May]

We will discuss further lecture and presentation skills for teaching and presentations, such as using technology, body language, vocal delivery, structure, transitions, and English lecture expressions.

Other materials

  1. Presentation file (Prezi)
  2. Brief summary of body language & gestures
  3. Graphics software & Latex
  4. The Memory Book - techniques for memorizing lists, contents, faces, new words, or the main points of a talk
  5. Lecture video [Youtube]

5 Module D: EAP Writing

5.1 D1. Writing academic papers [23 May]

The writing process and difficulties of English academic writing in particular fields will be discussed, and various types of academic writing will be surveyed.

Other materials

  1. Differences between ordinary and academic writing (same as for A1 above)
  2. Counter-arguments
  3. Lecture video [Youtube]

5.2 D2. Using sources [30 May]

Students often have difficulty with appropriate use of sources. This seminar will cover paraphrasing and summarizing techniques, citing sources, and integrating sources into one's writing.

Other materials

5.3 D3. Coherence and flow in writing [13 May, 10am]

New writers often have difficulties in creating smooth, logical flow in writing, and in incorporating information from other sources into their writing. To help with these difficulties, techniques for properly summarizing and paraphrasing from sources in order to avoid plagiarism will be discussed, as well as transitional expressions and devices in writing.

Other materials

5.4 D4. Cohesion, style and wording [13 May, 10am]

This seminar will cover typical problems that Korean writers face with definite and indefinite articles, demonstrative pronouns (‘this, that'), other structural devices, and various types of word choice issues.

Other materials

You can also find a few more relevant handouts on my EAP page (English for academic purposes), or on my writing aids site.

6 Module E: Practicum

The following are only for graduate students who have applied for the EMI certificate.

6.1 E1. Small group workshops [Weeks 7-9: Various times, 21-30 April]

4-8 students will meet around or after mid-semester for peer editing of some of the written assignments, and groups discussion. Participants should brind a draft of the CV, sample syllabus, and if possible, other portfolio assignments.

6.2 E2. Micro-teaching workshops [Weeks 14-16+: Various times, 09-23 June]

4-5 students will meet per session, and each student will present a ten minute demo lecture, followed by critique from peers and from the session facilitator. Several sessions will be offered, depending on demand and peoples' schedules.

Those seeking the EMI certificate should refer to the pages for the micro-teaching and portfolio assignments.