The English curriculum for graduate students aims at developing academic literacy and scientific communication skills across disciplines. Center of English Education (CEE) strives to offer a wide range of interdisciplinary training courses for future scientists and researchers. These graduate courses (3 credits) are offered to both master and doctoral students on a regular basis. No prerequisite skills and training are required to enroll. Different courses in the graduate curriculum might target at different communication needs and proficiency levels; please consult the instructors for details. Current courses include Technical and Scientific English Writing, Public Speaking and Presentation, and Academic English Reading & Discussion and various courses on specific communication needs in academic contexts. The three main categories of current courses are writing, speaking and reading; integrated courses can include multiple emphases, such as listening and speaking, or reading and writing. Course contents in each category may include but not limited to the following topics:
- Reading: guided reading on research papers, reading strategies, genre analysis on research articles, specific instruction on identifying structures and distinguish facts from opinions in academic texts.
- Speaking: language support for discussing, expressing opinions, and presenting research findings orally; hands-on practice on conference presentations, poster presentation, and Q&A sessions.
- Writing: common academic phrases and vocabulary, genre analysis on research articles, proposals, and other types of texts for academic purposes, writing practice on reporting findings, giving definitions, and describing experimental procedures.
Features of NTHU English curriculum for graduate students
Graduate students of NTHU come from various disciplines and follow distinct formats, styles and conventions in both written and spoken English. In order to address the communication needs of diverse backgrounds from 12 colleges, 26 departments and 30 graduate institutes, our courses have a focus on general English for academic purposes (GEAP). Discipline-specific training can be tailored on request and collaboration with subject faculty is welcome.
As an integral part of graduate training, our courses integrate a common component of research integrity and ethics, covering the written and spoken language used to present data and report findings responsibly.