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UOPI 001. Applied Integrated Skills Level I. 5-10 Units.

In this high elementary (A1+) course, students develop the ability to understand essential concrete and abstract information about everyday topics from writing and speech, and to speak and write effectively and spontaneously about factual information from their daily lives. Using the classroom textbooks, they read and listen actively while taking notes, and engage with short articles on high-interest topics, using a variety of strategies, such as timelines. They also skim and scan written texts for general and specific information, and identify key features of the texts, such as topic sentences and supporting detail. In writing, students review the components of a complete sentence and a well-organized paragraph before writing several expositions, narratives, and one opinion paragraph.

UOPI 002. Applied Integrated Skills Level II. 5-10 Units.

In this lower-intermediate (A2) course, students develop the ability to understand essential information about everyday topics from writing and speech, and to speak and write effectively and spontaneously about factual information from their daily lives. Using the core textbook, they read and listen actively while taking notes, and engage with short articles on high-interest topics, using a variety of aids, such as footnotes and graphic organizers. They also skim and scan written texts for specific information, and make general predictions and inferences about writing content using target features, such as topic sentences or signposts. In writing, students review the components of a complete sentence and a well-organized paragraph before writing several expositions and one argument.

UOPI 003. Applied Integrated Skills Level III. 5-10 Units.

In this intermediate (B1) course, students develop the ability to express and support their ideas by integrating information from multiple sources on familiar and technical topics, stretching beyond routine expressions to use language with more creativity and coherence. Using the core textbook and supplementary online activities, students practice a variety of sentence structures and organizational strategies as they discuss and write about topics from a range of disciplines, including information technology, philosophy, marketing and nutritional science. Students learn to read and listen actively and critically as they apply different strategies to take and organize notes and develop them into essays or speaking points. By analyzing and evaluating others’ points of view, students gain skills in questioning and expressing arguments supported by reasons and examples.

UOPI 010. Grammar Level I. 5-10 Units.

In this elementary (A1+) course, students learn to speak and write more clearly about concrete facts related to their daily lives by improving the accuracy of the grammatical structures they use and expanding their vocabulary. Through text and speech analysis, guided practice exercises and communicative tasks, students study the form, meaning and use of new grammatical structures and work to integrate them into their everyday language production. In particular, students focus on correct simple and progressive present and past tense verb usage and noun phrase construction in simple and compound sentences, as well as the use of simple future forms, comparative and superlative adjectives, modals of necessity, and adverbs of manner and degree, among other topics. Students are also introduced to, but not expected to master, gerunds and infinitives and some common forms of complex sentences. Students apply and further develop their skills by completing activities and assignments in an online writing program.

UOPI 012. Grammar Level II. 5-10 Units.

In this lower-intermediate (A2) course, students learn to more clearly speak and write about concrete facts related to their daily lives by improving the accuracy of the grammatical structures they use and expanding their vocabulary. Through text and speech analysis, guided practice exercises and communicative tasks, students study the form, meaning and use of new grammatical structures and work to integrate them into their everyday language production. In particular, students focus on correct simple and progressive present and past tense verb usage and noun phrase construction in simple and compound sentences, as well as the use of simple future forms, modals, articles, prepositions, and comparatives. Students are also introduced to, but not expected to master, gerunds and infinitives and some forms of complex sentences. Students apply and further develop their skills by completing activities and assignments in an online writing program. Finally, they extend and personalize their learning by writing and refining journal or blog entries in different time frames on topics of their choosing, and presenting one of their entries in a final presentation.

UOPI 013. Grammar Level III. 5-10 Units.

In this intermediate (B1) course, students learn to more clearly speak and write about concrete facts related to their daily lives by improving the accuracy of the grammatical structures they use and expanding their vocabulary. Through text and speech analysis, guided practice exercises and communicative tasks, students study the form, meaning and use of new grammatical structures and work to integrate them into their everyday language production. In particular, students focus on correct simple and progressive present and past tense verb usage and noun phrase construction in simple and compound sentences, as well as the use of simple future forms, modals, articles, prepositions, and comparatives. Students also further refine their understanding and use of gerunds and infinitives and some forms of complex sentences. Students apply and further develop their skills by completing activities and assignments in an online writing program. Finally, they expand their academic writing skills by researching and writing an opinion essay that includes paraphrased and quoted information from at least authentic outside sources.

UOPI 014. Grammar Level IV. 2-8 Units.

This course is designed to improve students’ grammar at the CEFR level B1+/B2-. In this course, students read detailed texts on a variety of academic topics, identifying target vocabulary, grammatical structures, and expressions illustrated in them. Students study the form, meaning, and use of the language, and then apply it in productive tasks that progress gradually in difficulty. For each essay type, students begin writing one or more paragraphs before producing at least one complete essay. Supplementary authentic articles expand on some of the themes explored in class, and provide additional examples of target language used in context. Students synthesize and evaluate the information and arguments from those texts in producing midterm and final projects, which include spoken and written components that are graded according to specially-designed rubrics. Finally, students also participate in regular writing and speaking workshops for additional practice and peer review and feedback on drafts of the essays and Capstone assignments.

UOPI 015. Grammar Level V. 2-8 Units.

This course is designed to improve students’ grammar at the CEFR level B2. In this course, students read detailed texts on a variety of academic topics, identifying target vocabulary, grammatical structures, and expressions illustrated in them. Students study the form, meaning, and use of the language, and then apply it in productive tasks that progress gradually in difficulty. For each essay type, students begin writing one or more paragraphs before producing at least one complete essay. Supplementary authentic articles expand on some of the themes explored in class, and provide additional examples of target language used in context. Students synthesize and evaluate the information and arguments from those texts in producing midterm and final projects, which include spoken and written components that are graded according to specially-designed rubrics. Finally, students also participate in regular writing and speaking workshops for additional practice and peer review and feedback on drafts of the essays and Capstone assignments.

UOPI 016. Grammar Level VI. 2-8 Units.

This course is designed to improve students’ grammar at the CEFR level B2+. In this course, students read detailed texts on a variety of academic topics, identifying target vocabulary, grammatical structures, and expressions illustrated in them. Students study the form, meaning, and use of the language, and then apply it in productive tasks that progress gradually in difficulty. Supplementary authentic articles expand on some of the themes explored in class, and provide additional examples of target language used in context. Students synthesize and evaluate the information and arguments from those texts in producing midterm and final projects, which include spoken and written components that are graded according to specially-designed rubrics. Finally, students also participate in regular writing and speaking workshops for additional practice and peer review and feedback on drafts of the essays and Capstone assignments.

UOPI 021W. Writing Workshop Levels Beginning to Low Intermediate. 3-5 Units.

The Writing Workshop: Beginner-Lower Intermediate (WW1) course provides essential grammar and writing support for students at the beginner, elementary, and lower-intermediate levels as they develop their ability to compose text in English. In addition to teaching fundamental structures for written English and the steps of the writing process, a primary goal of the course is to build students’ confidence so that they can write and revise their work more independently. Students develop their understanding of writing techniques through lessons on sentence and paragraph structure and writing workshop sessions, participate in structured and free-form writing activities in and outside of class, and regularly review and critique one another’s work. Through step-by-step practice crafting more and more complex sentences, linking them into paragraphs, and rereading and revising their writing, students learn to compose engaging paragraphs on familiar topics. In addition, a significant portion of the class is used as a writing workshop, in which students choose their own writing tasks, learn about their own writing process, and meet with peers and the instructor for individual feedback. By moving from practiced forms to original compositions of their choosing, students increase their flexibility and ability to use English to express their meaning in writing.

UOPI 022. English for Business Levels Beginning to Low Intermediate. 3-5 Units.

The English for Business: Beginner-Lower Intermediate (EFB 1) course exposes students to essential business-related vocabulary, expressions and concepts through lessons on a variety of business topics, such as careers, companies, marketing, and business planning. In addition to improving their general English proficiency through exercises in all four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), students develop specific business-related communication skills, including exchanging information, giving and asking for opinions, participating in meetings, and writing email and letters summarizing decisions made. Students also learn phrases and strategies for managing business small talk and social business outings, including scenarios that demand cross-cultural communication. Students are challenged to apply their learning in authentic speaking tasks, such as role plays and case study analysis and discussion. In addition, students extend and reinforce their learning by completing a multi-part independent project: proposing, researching, and presenting a new product.

UOPI 023. Conversation Skills and Techniques Levels Beginning to Low Intermediate. 2-5 Units.

The Conversation Skills and Techniques: Beginner-Lower Intermediate (CST 1) course provides students with the support and encouragement to engage in conversation with confidence. During the first part of the course, students use rejoinders, questions, and comments to show interest and understanding as they practice starting, extending, and ending casual conversations in controlled exchanges. As students listen to multiple dialogues, they gain familiarity with English pronunciation and build the listening comprehension necessary to begin to actively participate in spoken interactions. Students then build on this foundation as they learn and apply strategic communication skills, such as eliciting confirmation to check for understanding, asking clarification questions that target specific information, and responding with details to keep a conversation going. In the final part of the course, students apply their skills more spontaneously by engaging in simple, structured discussions on high-interest topics. They are challenged to form, express, and discuss their opinions in small groups as they seek to reach a specific outcome. By learning set expressions through targeted practice, and then applying them in less and less controlled formats, students develop skills that enable them to sustain conversations and more flexibly and naturally respond to conversational shifts.

UOPI 030. Computer Assistance Language Learning (All Levels). 3-5 Units.

This lab is designed to help ESL students practice listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation and typing skills using online resources and computer-based technology. The course incorporates online practice for Applied Integrated Skills, Grammar, and Pronunciation.

UOPI 031. Pronunciation. 2-5 Units.

In the English Pronunciation Fundamentals (EPF) course, students learn and practice the basic elements of English pronunciation, including stress, intonation, rhythm, thought grouping, and articulation of specific vowel and consonant sounds. In class presentations based on listening, analysis, and paired communicative activities, students gain familiarity with word stress patterns and how native English speakers group their words into meaningful phrases and use stress and intonation to draw listeners’ attention to important ideas. Students also complete a diagnostic assessment using Carnegie Speech’s Native Accentâ program, which uses speech-recognition software to identify the specific sounds and pronunciation elements that students need to improve. Students then complete exercises from the independent study program generated by Native Accentâ both in and outside of class. In addition, they strengthen their articulation of sounds by activities and exercises chosen by the instructor based on their specific needs. Through consistent instructor and computer-generated feedback, students learn to identify challenging pronunciation areas and improve the intelligibility of their speech.

UOPI 040W. Advanced Academic Writing. 2-6 Units.

In this advanced writing class students will continue to develop formal academic writing, research and citation skills by producing a variety of academic essays that show improved grammatical accuracy in writing. In addition, students will be able to: identify the content of news articles and reports on a wide range of professional topics, obtain information, ideas, and opinions from highly specialized sources, Identify an author’s stance or viewpoint on an issue, express opinions, emotions, and viewpoints in writing, and relate them to other viewpoints, write clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects, synthesize information and arguments from multiple sources, write an essay that develops an argument systematically, highlight specific points and details, summarize a wide range of texts, connect main ideas to each other.

UOPI 041W. Writing Workshop Levels Intermediate to Low Advanced. 3-5 Units.

The Writing Workshop: Intermediate – Upper Intermediate (WW 2) course enables students at the intermediate to upper-intermediate levels to practice developing thoughtful, well-organized academic writing based on analysis of short readings. Students read passages that present different perspectives on a topic, then engage in a recursive, critical-thinking-based reading and writing process that culminates in original paragraphs and essays. Through journaling, focused vocabulary development, active reading with annotations, and investigation of the literal and implied meanings in reading passages, students learn to use others’ ideas to generate their own. In subsequent writing workshops, students learn new writing strategies and develop the ideas they have collected into cohesive writing. In addition, students compare narrative and academic writing and analyze the differences. By practicing grammar and syntax that supports the more removed and objective point of view and “dry” tone of academic writing, students develop their ability to craft the type of writing which will be expected in university-level coursework.

UOPI 042. English for Business Levels Intermediate to Low Advanced. 3-5 Units.

The English for Business: Intermediate (EFB 2) course exposes students to essential business-related vocabulary, expressions and concepts through lessons on a variety of business topics, such as brands, business travel, finance, management, human resources, international markets, ethics and leadership. In addition to improving their general English proficiency through exercises in all four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), students practice specific business-related communication skills, including managing meetings, networking, negotiating, presenting, and writing email, meeting minutes, reports and summaries. Students will also learn phrases and strategies for managing business small talk and networking, including scenarios that demand cross-cultural communication. Students are challenged to apply their learning in authentic speaking tasks, such as role plays and case study analysis and discussion. In addition, students extend and reinforce their learning through independent research designed to support business-related performance tasks: presenting a trade show poster promoting a hotel for business travelers, delivering an employee investment training seminar mini-presentation, and negotiating the best business strategy to turn around a struggling company in a meeting simulation.

UOPI 043. Conversation Skills and Techniques Levels Intermediate to Low Advanced. 2-5 Units.

The Conversation Skills and Techniques-Intermediate-Upper Intermediate (CST 2) course enables students to learn conversational speaking and facilitation skills that support effective academic interactions, whether as part of classroom discussions or when completing academic tasks with peers. Students practice specific phrases and questions to ask for and give elaboration and clarification; support ideas with examples; maintain focus in conversations and build on ideas; and paraphrase and synthesize new ideas as they are developed. After analyzing radio interviews and short articles, students offer and support viewpoints while applying various conversation skills. Through numerous activities that require students to formulate and reformulate their ideas, students learn to move from simple sharing of information to the development and evaluation of ideas and arguments. Students regularly assess their own usage of conversation skills and reflect on how their conversations shape their ideas and understanding, while learning to facilitate conversations by asking thought-provoking questions and maintaining a flow of conversation that leads to depth of thought.

UOPI 044. Presentation Skills Levels Intermediate to Low Advanced. 2-5 Units.

In the Presentation Skills (PS) course, students learn the essential features of effective presentations and practice techniques for engaging an audience, delivering meaningful content, and using pronunciation to support message delivery. Students learn both how to prepare a well-organized presentation and to use their voice and body language to connect with listeners. In preparation for delivering short talks, students analyze video excerpts of speeches, synthesize sources of information, study presentation structure, and improve their pronunciation through iterations of scripted speech. Regular paired and group practice prepares students to present themselves with poise and demonstrate how their ideas are relevant for their audience. Students learn several different presentation types, including introducing others, defining terms, delivering information, explaining processes, and presenting solutions to problems. By learning to design presentations to appeal to audiences, students develop skills they can use to effectively share their ideas in academic and professional settings.

UOPI 045. Trends in American Pop Culture Levels Intermediate to Low Advanced. 2-5 Units.

The Trends in American Pop Culture (TAPC) course allows students to examine various facets of American pop culture to learn how they reflect and influence American life. Students first discuss what defines pop culture, and then explore cultural expressions in videos and readings about American television and film, sports, fashion, music, and social media. Through interactive discussions and analysis, students apply critical thinking to gain basic media literacy, learning to identify the values conveyed through verbal and visual symbols in media, interpret cultural messages, and deepen their understanding of stereotypes and realities of American life. Students expand their learning through assignments requiring interactions with Americans, and express their reflections and interpretations in writing and presentations.

UOPI 046. English Through Art Levels Intermediate to Low Advanced. 3-5 Units.

In the English Through Art (ETA) course, students expand the range and depth of their English proficiency by learning to describe and evaluate the elements of artistic works, including media, line, shape/form, space, color, value and texture, and the principles of art, such as rhythm, balance and proportion. By examining a variety of artworks, students learn to identify and describe how artists apply these elements and principles to express meaning and feeling. Students develop and expand their aesthetics vocabulary and practice interpreting the meaning of the works – referencing aesthetics and sociohistorical context – and explaining their own reactions to them. Students also examine and critique local architecture, and depending on availability, visit local art museums and art exhibits, and/or participate in a discussion with a visiting artist. Through examination and interpretation of artworks, interactive discussions focused on art criticism, and written analyses, students are challenged to apply critical thinking to develop and express judgments based on evidence – skills they can apply in a wide range of academic settings.

UOPI 047. Conemporary English Levels Intermediate to Low Advanced. 2-5 Units.

The Contemporary English (CE) course examines how English is used most often in everyday life with a focus on current expressions. Students learn how Americans change their words, pronunciation and grammar when they are speaking informally, and practice analyzing authentic spoken and written materials to learn how the speakers use language differently in different contexts. Through text and video analysis, observation, journaling, and class discussion, students develop their ability to comprehend colloquial speech and change their level of formality based on audience and context. They also learn and practice strategies for asking questions to improve their understanding of the social interactions around them. Students write a weekly journal in which they describe, narrate, and explain their observations of colloquial speech, and use their reflections to develop personal inquiries for class discussion. They also practice translating informal speech to formal speech, create dialogues and skits applying the vocabulary and phrases they have learned, and develop and deliver final The Contemporary English (CE) course examines how English is used most often in everyday life with a focus on current expressions. Students learn how Americans change their words, pronunciation and grammar when they are speaking informally, and practice analyzing authentic spoken and written materials to learn how the speakers use language differently in different contexts. Through text and video analysis, observation, journaling, and class discussion, students develop their ability to comprehend colloquial speech and change their level of formality based on audience and context. They also learn and practice strategies for asking questions to improve their understanding of the social interactions around them. Students write a weekly journal in which they describe, narrate, and explain their observations of colloquial speech, and use their reflections to develop personal inquiries for class discussion. They also practice translating informal speech to formal speech, create dialogues and skits applying the vocabulary and phrases they have learned, and develop and deliver final presentations.

UOPI 048. Academic Reading & Discussion. 2-6 Units.

In this advanced course, students continue to develop the ability to determine a writer’s main idea and the overarching conversation in which it is located. By utilizing annotation and notetaking strategies, students process and organize these ideas. They then practice responding to the ideas with assertions based on and supported by evidence, grounding their own opinions in the wider context of the conversation. By examining and practicing academic conversation moves, students learn to express and support their viewpoints more effectively, developing their capacity to participate in university-level academic discussions.

UOPI 051. EAP I. 8-10 Units.

In this high-intermediate (B2) course, students develop well-supported oral and written arguments and expositions that integrate information from multiple sources. Using the core textbook and supplementary online activities, students practice a variety of organizational strategies for different types of formal papers, including analysis, description, compare and contrast, summary, cause and effect and persuasion. Students analyze texts and recorded talks in paired and group discussions, as well as learn notetaking strategies to organize ideas. Topics covered in the text come from a range of disciplines, including sociology, consumer behavior, education, and fine arts. By developing supported arguments and evaluating others’ points of view, students increase their ability to initiate discourse and contribute meaningfully to spoken and written academic discussions and debates.

UOPI 051W. EAP I Write. 3-6 Units.

In this high-intermediate (B2) course, students develop well-supported written arguments and expositions that integrate information from multiple sources. Using the core textbook and supplementary online activities, students practice a variety of organizational strategies for different types of formal papers, including analysis, description, compare and contrast, summary, cause and effect and persuasion. Topics covered in the text come from a range of disciplines, including sociology, consumer behavior, education, and fine arts. By developing supported arguments and evaluating others’ points of view, students increase their ability to write in common academic discourse modes.

UOPI 052. EAP II. 3-5 Units.

In this low -advanced (C1) course, students develop the ability to determine a speaker’s or writer’s main idea and the overarching conversation in which it is located. By utilizing a range of notetaking strategies, students process and organize these ideas. They then practice responding to the ideas with assertions based on and supported by evidence, grounding their own opinions in the wider context of the conversation. By examining and practicing academic conversation and writing moves, students learn to express and support their viewpoints more effectively, developing their capacity to participate in university-level coursework.

UOPI 052W. EAP II Writing. 3-5 Units.

In this low-advanced writing class students will develop formal writing skills, and produce academic essays that show improved grammatical accuracy in writing. They will be able to identify important details and main ideas in complex essays. In addition, students will be able to: identify the content of news articles and reports on a wide range of professional topics, obtain information, ideas, and opinions from highly specialized sources, Identify an author’s stance or viewpoint on an issue, express opinions, emotions, and viewpoints in writing, and relate them to other viewpoints, write clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects, synthesize information and arguments from multiple sources, write an essay that develops an argument systematically, highlight specific points and details, summarize a wide range of texts, connect main ideas to each other.

UOPI 061. English Studio I. 1 or 2 Unit.

English Studio classes are connected to a UOP credit bearing course and support international students taking the course. Students review and work on the course materials, content, assignments while also strengthening their English language skills. The studio course helps students develop study and academic skills, improve their English language reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills along with increasing their academic vocabulary.

UOPI 062. English Studio II. 1 or 2 Unit.

English Studio classes are connected to a UOP credit bearing course and support international students taking the course. Students review and work on the course materials, content, assignments while also strengthening their English language skills. The studio course helps students develop study and academic skills, improve their English language reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills along with increasing their academic vocabulary.

UOPI 063. English Studio III. 1 or 2 Unit.

English Studio classes are connected to a UOP credit bearing course and support international students taking the course. Students review and work on the course materials, content, assignments while also strengthening their English language skills. The studio course helps students develop study and academic skills, improve their English language reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills along with increasing their academic vocabulary.

UOPI 064. English Studio IV. 1 or 2 Unit.

English Studio classes are connected to a UOP credit bearing course and support international students taking the course. Students review and work on the course materials, content, assignments while also strengthening their English language skills. The studio course helps students develop study and academic skills, improve their English language reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills along with increasing their academic vocabulary.

UOPI 065. English Studio V. 1 or 2 Unit.

English Studio classes are connected to a UOP credit bearing course and support international students taking the course. Students review and work on the course materials, content, assignments while also strengthening their English language skills. The studio course helps students develop study and academic skills, improve their English language reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills along with increasing their academic vocabulary.

UOPI 066. English Studio VI. 1 or 2 Unit.

English Studio classes are connected to a UOP credit bearing course and support international students taking the course. Students review and work on the course materials, content, assignments while also strengthening their English language skills. The studio course helps students develop study and academic skills, improve their English language reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills along with increasing their academic vocabulary.

UOPI 071. Live, Learn, Grow I. 1 or 2 Unit.

‘Live Learn Grow’ is a series of three courses which together form a first-year experience that focus on achieving three primary goals. The first goal is orienting international students to UOP, its surrounding area, and the embedded national cultural context. The second goal is fostering student success through learner-centered class activities and assignments. The third goal is to maintain student success for the first year of study and beyond at UOP. In this first Foundation semester, students will be provided with essential information, exposure to key services, and help to familiarize students with their physical and cultural surroundings.

UOPI 072. Live, Learn, Grow II. 1 or 2 Unit.

‘Live Learn Grow’ is a series of three courses which together form a first-year experience that focus on achieving three primary goals. The first goal is orienting international students to UOP, its surrounding area, and the embedded national cultural context. The second goal is fostering student success through learner-centered class activities and assignments. The third goal is to maintain student success for the first year of study and beyond at UIC. The course has three themes that serve as a structure for its three-semester first year experience. In this second Bridge semester, the focus is on exploring and developing the personal qualities of students that will foster their success in various interpersonal dynamics, in analyzing career and life prospects, and in further surveying campus and community services and resources.

UOPI 073. Live, Learn, Grow III. 1 or 2 Unit.

‘Live Learn Grow’ is a series of three courses which together form a first-year experience that focus on achieving three primary goals. The first goal is orienting international students to UOP, its surrounding area, and the embedded national cultural context. The second goal is fostering student success through learner-centered class activities and assignments. The third goal is to maintain student success for the first year of study and beyond at UIC. The course has three themes that serve as a structure for its three-semester first year experience. In the 3rd semester students further explore themselves and the broader global community to become engaged as world citizens. Attention is given to connecting their studies and life to a dynamic and changing world.

UOPI 080G. Advanced Graduate Writing and Communication. 3-6 Units.

The Graduate Writing and Communication course establishes the foundation for building fluency through an approach that emphasizes and applies the specific language skills necessary to study and work in a particular profession, such as law, engineering, or business. Students who complete this course successfully do so by demonstrating CEFR B2.2 level of English language proficiency when engaging with texts and conversations relevant to in the field for which this topics course pertains, with some scaffolding and limited application. Assignments are designed to provide ongoing formative assessment towards this aim through engagement with texts and performance in activities relevant to the field. The course includes the four main language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – while focusing on developing the abilities to describe, explain, analyze, and compare ideas. Students develop the necessary language skills to speak and write about the facts, theories, relationships, and processes in their field. Through pair and group activities, the course integrates grammar and vocabulary appropriate for working and studying in a specific field, namely being introduced to research strategies and the setup of successful research projects. Students are challenged to apply their learning in authentic speaking tasks, such as presentations, discussions, and debates, critical thinking exercises, persuasive writing using legal research methods and literature reviews, as well as summaries of academic articles. In addition, students extend and reinforce their learning through classroom activities designed to help them be successful academically in graduate school. This course may include a 1-hour lab specific to students' fields of study.

UOPI 085G. Professional Development and Academic Skills. 1-3 Units.

In the Professional Development and Academic Skills course, international graduate students develop knowledge about U.S. university requirements, opportunities and policies and gain skills for succeeding academically in their field of study. Students also assess their career readiness and participate in a series of skill-building sessions, guest lectures, and experiential activities that prepare them to effectively develop and pursue their career goals. The overall intended goal of this course is to enable international graduate students to acquire the academic success strategies and career planning skills they need to navigate a U.S. university graduate program and develop a sustainable career path.

UOPI 093. Special Topics. 1-10 Units.