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FLE Courses

ORAL SKILLS COURSES

  • FLE 201 - Oral Communication in English
  • FLE 400 - American English Pronunciation
  • FLE 401 - Oral Communication for International Teaching Assistants

WRITTEN SKILLS COURSES

  • FLE 100 - Introduction to Academic Writing
  • FLE 101 - Academic Writing & Research
  • FLE 402 - Research and Technical Writing for International Graduate Students

FLE 201 - Oral Communication in English

This course includes both graduate and undergraduate students. In this course, students concentrate on improving their listening comprehension skills and refining their academic speaking skills and conversational strategies in English. The class includes the use of films, audio cassettes, simulated academic lectures and note-taking, extensive focused class discussion, and formal oral presentations.

FLE 400 - American English Pronunciation

This course is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. The course provides intensive pronunciation practice for non-native speakers of English who want to improve the clarity of their English speech. The primary focus of the course is improvement in the areas that are most important in making speech more understandable and native-like: word-stress and phrase-stress, intonation, and the rhythm of English speech. In addition, there will also be individual and class work on vowel and consonant difficulties throughout the semester.

FLE 401 - Oral Communication for International Teaching Assistants

FLE 401 is a seminar style teaching practicum for international graduate students who are or who hope to be teaching assistants (ITAs) at NC State. The goal of the course is to help ITAs improve their oral communication skills in a variety of instructional settings (e.g. lecture-discussion classes, teaching lab classes, and office hours) and to assist ITAs in becoming more effective in using an interactive teaching style through knowledge of and practice with different instructional options (questioning, teaching through problem solving, etc.) Enrollment preference is given to ITAs who are required to take FLE 401 because of their scores on the SPEAK Test.

FLE 100 - Introduction to Academic Writing

For non-native speakers of English. Intensive introduction to critical writing and reading in academic contexts. Exploration of writing processes and academic literacy skills: interpreting assignments; comprehending, analyzing, and evaluating college-level texts; inventing, drafting, and revising; seeking, providing, and responding to constructive feedback; collaborating effectively under varied learning models. Extensive writing practice and individualized coaching. Attention to grammar and conventions of standard written English. Intended as preparation for FLE 101.

FLE 101 - Academic Writing and Research

For non-native speakers of English. Intensive instruction in academic writing and research. Basic principles of rhetoric and strategies for academic inquiry and argument. Instruction and practice in critical reading, including the generative and responsible use of print and electronic sources for academic research, adapted for non-native speakers. Exploration of literate practices across a range of academic domains, laying the foundation for further writing development in college. Continued attention to grammar and conventions of standard written English. Satisfies freshman English requirements.

FLE 402 - Research and Technical Writing for International Graduate Students

This course is intended to help foreign graduate students with technical and research writing. The class includes work on the analysis and writing of a research paper, including practice with the writing conventions and grammar necessary in technical writing. Students will complete a variety of group and individual assignments including a short literature review and analysis of writing conventions in their field of study, a group research project, critical reviews and class presentations, extended definitions, paraphrasing, and exercises designed to extend grammatical control in writing.