Academic Foundations for Non-native English Speakers


Academic Foundations for Non-native English Speakers 

The goal of this intensive is to prepare students for college coursework in a U.S. university.

The course covers the basics of academic writing, critical analysis, and group collaboration in a university setting.

Participants will engage in a variety of hands-on activities in a student-centered learning environment as well as attend lectures and presentations in both the arts and sciences and learn about working in university laboratories, libraries and studios. 

By the end of the program, students will be able to:

* Write a 2-3 page analytical essay using properly cited sources.

* Take notes on a lecture and produce a summary with appropriate paraphrasing.

* Synthesize ideas across texts and analyze them critically.

* Research topics using academic journals and credible online sources.

* Deliver a short presentation on an academic subject and field unanticipated questions.

* Exchange peer feedback and participate in peer editing workshops effectively.

* Collaborate effectively with peers on a group project.

This intensive is a collaborative offering between the International Language Institute of Massachusetts and UMASS Amherst Summer College


Note: Participants wishing to apply for the Academic Foundations for Non-native English Speakers intensive should be at the intermediate level (IBT of 60 or above) with at least a score of 15 in spoken and written English. Applicants who have not taken the TOEFL will be asked to participate in an in-person interview or an online interview. China-based candidates can arrange for a Video recorded interview with Initialview. Candidates from other countries will have to arrange for an on-line interview conducted over Skype by contacting or call 001-413-577-2112.