Zachary Seguin

EMLS Courses

EMLS 101R – Oral Communications for Academic Purposes

Designed specifically for students for whom English is not the first language, this course introduces group discussion strategies and presentation skills. Students will improve their informal and formal speaking skills to meet current social, academic, and business practices. A focus on pronunciation and vocabulary assists learners to better engage in conversations and listen to and deliver English presentations. Materials organization, rhetorical devices, nonverbal communication, group management, and intonation patterns are examined.

EMLS 102R – Clear Communication in English Writing

Designed specifically for students for whom English is not the first language, this course offers sentence-level instruction in grammar and idiom to teach students to produce, evaluate, and edit writing under time constraints. It emphasizes readability and error reduction in sentences and paragraphs.

EMLS 103R – Effective English Pronunciation

Designed specifically for students for whom English is not the first language, this course has an intensive focus on the structure of the English sound system with a view to improving pronunciation. Vowel and consonant sounds are practised as well as the phonetic elements above those sounds, such as stress, intonation, and rhythm. The goal is for students to identify their problem areas and to develop strategies to improve their comprehensibility.

EMLS 104R – Reading and Listening for Academic Purposes

Designed specifically for students for whom English is not the first language, this course offers instruction in reading and listening strategies. Students learn macro and micro reading and listening strategies to improve their reading comprehension and speed and their listening and note-taking skills. Students also build their academic vocabulary.

EMLS 110R – Communicating in Canadian Academic Contexts

Designed specifically for students for whom English is not the first language, this course introduces students to North American academic expectations. Students learn to identify attitude and intent in text, to recognize North American patterns of organization, to select and acknowledge appropriate primary and secondary sources, and to present ideas cohesively in speaking and writing.

EMLS 129R – Written Academic English

Designed specifically for students for whom English is not the first language, this writing skills course provides instruction in grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, elements of composition, and academic essay writing, including a focus on theme, development of central ideas, exposition, and argumentation.

EMLS 601R – Speaking English for Professional Purposes

A focus on speaking, pronunciation, vocabulary, and listening skills helps second language speakers of English in both academic and professional contexts. The course targets pronunciation errors that prevent comprehensibility and develops delivery skills for teaching, presenting papers, and defending theses. It includes strategies for reducing errors in speech and improving listening comprehension.

EMLS 602R – Scholarly Writing in English

Designed specifically for graduate students for whom English is not the first language, English 602R introduces the skills and knowledge required to write a variety of informative and persuasive documents, both at university and at work. A primary goal is to enhance students' ability to write for readers with varying levels of technical knowledge. To that end, the course focuses not only on vocabulary building (including idioms) but also on clear, concise and correct communication.

EMLS 612R – Professional Writing for Engineers

Designed specifically for graduate students for whom English is not the first language, English 612R introduces the skills and knowledge required to write a variety of documents frequently required of engineers both at university and at work. The course goals are to teach the conventions of professional documents, increase vocabulary, and enhance the writer's ability to write clearly, concisely, and correctly.

EMLS 622R – Thesis Writing in English

This course develops the skills and knowledge required to write theses and journal articles. A guided analysis of academic texts clarifies disciplinary conventions. Written assignments are directly related to the student's research work, and feedback is customized. [Notes: This course is not open to fluent writers of English. It is recommended, but not required, that students take EMLS 602R: Scholarly Writing in English before they take EMLS 622R. It is recommended that students take EMLS 622R close to the time they write their theses. Graded on a CR/NCR basis.]