The Graduate English Language Learners (Grad ELL) program, which is part of Rutgers University’s longstanding commitment to global engagement in higher education, supports the academic, cultural and professional development of the Rutgers University global community of graduate students and scholars. The program provides a wide range of academic courses from our three academic concentrations in addition to support ranging from an extensive assessment of needs to academic advising, instruction, tutoring and consulting and professional development workshops. Grad ELL also draws on the extensive global expertise of its faculty, staff and university partners as well as an important network of English language resources across Rutgers.
Graduate ELL Academic Communication and Presentation Concentration
The courses offered in this concentration serve to enhance communicative competence for academic contexts with an emphasis on developing a range of academic speaking and listening skills and oral communication strategies for academic communication tasks. This concentration offers courses that are appropriate for multiple levels of linguistic proficiency.
Graduate ELL Academic Integrated Skills Concentration
The Graduate ELL Program offers a concentration in Academic Graduate ELL Academic Integrated Skills for graduate students who are speakers of other languages. The courses offered in this concentration serve International Teaching Assistants (ITAS) and the broader graduate student population. The courses offered in this concentration serve to develop and enhance integrated academic and professional strategies and skills in order to successfully engage in graduate level academic course work, research and professional tasks relevant to their discipline, research interests and graduate program. This concentration offers courses that are appropriate for multiple levels of linguistic proficiency.
Graduate ELL Academic Writing, Reading and Research Concentration
The Graduate ELL Program offers a concentration in Academic Writing Reading and Research for graduate students who are speakers of other languages. The courses offered in this concentration introduce students to a range of writing forms and discourses, to the writing process, and to the conventions of graduate academic writing in English. The courses are intended to enhance linguistic competence in English so that graduate student’s proficiency level more accurately reflects their ability to write, read, conceptualize, and frame complex arguments in graduate academic English. The courses in this concentration also develop revision, editing and research skills. This concentration offers courses that are appropriate for multiple levels of linguistic proficiency.
The Graduate ELL Tutoring program provides graduate students who are speakers of other languages with individualized and directed support to develop their graduate level academic oral communication, presentational, reading and wiritng skills. The principal goal of graduate tutoring is to enable students to work independently as they continue to enhance these skills. Students meet once a week with a graduate tutor who will work with students as they learn to communicate with clarity, present academic work based on research, read closely, develop critical thoughts based on the readings. Students will be supported as they learn how to revise, edit and proofread their own written work, as well as communicate with clarity, think critically and present their academic work.