The Graduate ELL Program serves non-native English speakers matriculated in a Rutgers graduate degree program to improve their English language proficiency. Students from all academic disciplines have the opportunity to study within Graduate ELL. Placement in all courses is by proficiency test or by subsequent assessment. All courses carry institutional credit toward full-time status. These credits cannot be applied toward degree requirements. International graduate students, who are required by Graduate Admissions to enroll in English Language courses, receive credits that will apply toward full-time status for visa requirements.
Graduate ELL Writing Program
The goal of the academic writing program is to enable international graduate students in reading and responding to academic texts on multiple levels while incorporating a wide range of grammatical structures and new vocabulary. Moreover, as the conventions of a research paper differ from country to country, Rutgers University ESL graduate students will learn how to incorporate original thought, critical analysis, citation of academic texts, and synthesis of a topic into their papers. Students will become familiar with the different methods of citation and quotation to support their theses.
Graduate ELL-International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) Program
The goal of the ELL-ITA program is to enable international graduate students to practice spoken English in order to ensure that their communication becomes effective when speaking and responding in English. Classes focus on communication in the academic disciplines. ELL-ITA classes use classroom examples from the students’ respective disciplines so that students can practice speaking more fluently and become skilled communicators in their discipline. Another important function of the ELL instruction includes the social dimension of communication relating to the speaker and listener in terms of attitudes, gestures, and behaviors.