Academic English


The AEIGS program offers four advanced English courses for UO international graduate students--see below for descriptions--and the SPEAK test for international graduate employees who are applying for teaching positions. 


Teaching U.S. Undergraduates: Strategies and Tips for International Graduate Students

Friday, September 20, 2019

1:00-4:00 in Straub Hall 245

Many international GEs encounter challenges when first stepping into a class of U.S. undergraduates. These include linguistic, cultural and pedagogical issues. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to discuss their concerns and learn ways to create an interactive and engaging class environment. Through hands-on activities, discussions, role-plays, and video, international grads will increase their knowledge, skills, and confidence for teaching and working with undergraduates. The workshop culminates with a panel presentation by experienced UO international GEs followed by Q & A and discussion between workshop participants and the panel. 

Facilitators: Robert Elliott, Char Heitman, Trish Pashby 



GRST 631 Graduate and Scholarly Writing I (4 units) offered Fall and Winter Terms

Prepares international non-native English speaking graduate students to write academic, graduate-level papers with an emphasis on fluency, organization, academic discourse conventions, grammatical and lexical accuracy in writing, documentation, and appropriateness for specific writing tasks, including summaries, reviews, projects, reports, research papers, and theses. 

All international graduate students who speak English as an additional language are welcome to enroll, regardless of year in a program, disciplinary field, or writing skill level (unless the student has been placed in AEIS 110 or AEIS 111 by the AEIS Accuplacer test). The course is flexibly designed to meet the needs of a wide range of students.

GRST 632 Graduate and Scholarly Writing II (4 units) offered Spring Term

Students continue the work started in GRST 631 but with a focus on research paper, thesis, and dissertation writing. Students improve their vocabulary, grammar, and general writing skills as they draft and revise the introduction, literature review, methodology, results, and discussion sections of a project they are currently working on. Open to all international graduate students who have completed GRST 631 (or with special permission).

GRST 621 Academic Discourse (4 units) offered Fall Term

Students develop the fluency, pronunciation, pragmatics, and strategic competence needed for clear, effective communication in various academic contexts including teaching as a GE. Cross-cultural differences in campus settings are explored. Open to all international graduate students.

GRST 624 Teaching in US University Settings (4 units) offered Fall and Winter Terms

Students practice fluency, appropriate language use, and pronunciation while focusing on the culture of the U.S. university classroom and effective teaching strategies for this context. Students participate in a series of mock teaching sessions (on topics from their fields/departments) and receive feedback from peers and instructor. Open to all international graduate students.


Non-native speakers of English who plan to take Graduate Employee positions that include teaching duties must first meet the language requirement as outlined by the Graduate School.

Students who receive a 40 on the SPEAK test will be required by the Graduate School to take GRST 621 and GRST 624. Students who receive a 45 on the SPEAK test will be required to take GRST 624.


To register for the SPEAK test or for more information about AEIGS courses, email Dr. Trish Pashby: