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We Recommend ETCS Training Before Testing

Free Training Options*

All ETCS training services are designed to provide timely, transferable English communication skills for any international scholar. 

Notice: For Fall 2020, ETCS Courses will not be offered, due to the Director being on maternity leave. Please email Bushra Asif to sign up for courses in Spring 2021.

  • ETCS offers individual reviews of SPEAK, WRITE and ECC Tests for candidates who will take these tests again and/or who want additional feedback after taking a test.
  • Highly-qualified ETCS staff conduct the review sessions which focus on specific English elements to practice and strategies for improving communicative competence for the classroom setting.

This course enhances participants' academic English competence through the following:

  • Vocabulary Building Activities
  • Fluency Building Activities
  • Presentation Skills
  • Compensation Strategies
  • Stress Timing Fluency
  • Sound Articulation Training
  • Prosody Training
  • Listening Fluency 

Individuals preparing for ETCS certification for the first time (pre-service), seeking to improve a previous SPEAK or ECC Test score, or wanting to enhance their general English communicative competency for a U.S. academic setting are recommended to take this course.

The course meets for 4 hours per week for the first 10 weeks of each Spring and Fall semester, with extra-curricular activities and individualized practice tools provided. There is a strict attendance policy in this course. Those interested in enrolling in this course should contact Jessica Reynolds.

This course specifically develops participants' teaching speech competence through the following:

  • Teaching Speech Vocabulary Development
  • Instructional Pragmatics Workshops
  • Discourse Structuring & Verbal Coherence Practice 
  • Prosody Training (i.e., the melody and rhythm of a language)  
  • Stress Timing Fluency Practice
  • Sound Articulation Training
  • Teaching Speech Experience + Confidence-Building via Instructor Interviews, Activities with OU Undergraduates and Observations/Guest Lectures in OU Courses

Overall, this course will increase procedural knowledge and build a robust academic fluency in teaching speech, so that participants can more easily fulfill the teacher role.

Individuals currently teaching (in-service) or preparing to teach academic courses, seeking to raise their ETCS certification level from C to B or B to A, or wanting to take another course after the English Communication course are recommended to take this course.

The course meets for 4 hours per week for the first 10 weeks of each Spring and Fall semester, with extra-curricular activities and individualized practice tools provided. There is a strict attendance policy in this course. Those interested in enrolling in this course should contact Jessica Reynolds.

This academic writing course, offered in collaboration with the OU Writing Center, invites participants to explore and practice rhetorical approaches for producing written work within U.S. graduate programs. The course is designed for graduate students with multilingual backgrounds at various stages of their master's or doctoral degrees.

Participants will investigate and produce U.S. academic writing conventions and disciplinary-specific moves to develop their written coherence, individual style, accuracy, and synthesis of sources. Also, participants will complete several language-focused discussions and analyses of texts, with individual writing time provided to apply learning to authentic writing tasks. Another element of the course is receiving individual feedback from writing consultants on writing projects (i.e., a dissertation proposal, thesis methodology chapter, conference paper, etc.).

Writing Course Details:

  • This course is offered twice per year (end of May and beginning of January) depending on instructor availability. 
  • The course meets for 2-3 hours per day for 10-15 days.
  • Those interested in enrolling in this course should contact Jessica Reynolds.
  • The ETCS Director can observe and coach any international instructor, who would like to have feedback on their English communication in a classroom context.
  • Follow-up coaching sessions will be scheduled, as needed, after the observation has occurred.
  • Note that the observations and coaching sessions will be focused on language-specific content, rather than on content or pedagogical methods. 
  • The ETCS Director will arrange individual English communication coaching for any international instructor who desires such support.

*These training options are only available for current graduate students, visiting scholars, post docs, and adjunct/visting faculty. Enrollment preference is given for teaching assistants and instructors.