Credit Language Courses

Credit English Language Courses

The English Language Institute offers five courses specifically designed for international students and faculty at Mississippi State University who are talented academically, but may need English language support. These credit courses are offered in the fall and spring, and some are offered in the summer.

ITA Students

Credit Courses Offered:

ESL 5110 American Language and Culture I

ESL 5120 American Language and Culture II

ESL 5313 Classroom Communication and Presentations

ESL 5323 Academic Research & Writing

ESL 5333 Critical Reading

This variable hour course (1-18 hours) is designed to support students who are admitted to MSU, either as undergraduate or graduate students. ESL 5110 consists of six different courses at a high beginning to low intermediate English language level; the courses cover reading, writing, grammar, and listening & speaking skills.

ESL 5120 American Language and Culture II This variable hour course (1-18 hours) is designed to support students who are admitted to MSU, either as undergraduate or graduate students. ESL 5120 consists of six different courses at a low intermediate to high intermediate English language level; the courses cover reading, writing, grammar, and listening & speaking skills.

Open to all international faculty and students, this three-hour credit course focuses on improving the interpersonal and intercultural communication skills of second language speakers as well as their ability to participate in classroom discussions and oral presentations in English.
Component Goals and Objectives:
Students will:

  • improve their understandings of cultural expectations in the classroom.
  • improve their use and understanding of idioms and proverbs.
  • learn to avoid miscommunication and to clarify their intentions.
  • learn to be successful in group discussions and projects.
  • learn how to utilize visual aids, i.e. posters, projectors, PowerPoint.
  • learn techniques for presenting or teaching information.

Open to all international faculty and students, this three-hour credit course focuses on improving the ability of second language speakers to compose and document reports and research papers in English.
Component Goals and Objectives:
Students will:

  • become familiar with the mechanics and formats of formal writing.
  • learn the technical aspects of organizing and composing research papers.
  • learn various documentation styles used in different academic and professional fields.
  • develop sentence structure and writing skills.
  • practice critical reading.
  • become familiar with the resources in the library.

Open to all international faculty and students, this three-hour credit course focuses on improving the ability of second language speakers to understand and discuss the content of authentic academic reading materials and classroom lectures in English.
Component Goals and Objectives:
Students will:

  • learn American classroom (cultural) norms.
  • practice reading skills at the level that is expected of college students.
  • develop professional reading skills for authentic reading exercises.
  • expand professional and academic vocabulary.

International Teaching Assistant Post-workshop Course

International Students who are not successful on the August evaluation of classroom English for teaching assistants are required to take the following course:

ESL 5313 Classroom Communication and Presentations

This three-hour credit course focuses on improving the interpersonal and intercultural communication skills of second language speakers as well as their ability to participate in classroom discussions and oral presentations in English.

Component Goals and Objectives:
Students will:

  • improve their understandings of cultural expectations in the classroom.
  • improve their use and understanding of idioms and proverbs.
  • learn to avoid miscommunication and clarify their intentions.
  • learn to be successful in group discussions and projects.
  • learn how to utilize visual aids, i.e. posters, overhead projectors, PowerPoint.
  • learn techniques for presenting or teaching information.

Students can register for this course online or at the English Language Institute located on the first floor of Memorial Hall. Click here for information about course tuition. For more details on this course, call the English Language Institute at 325-2648 or email eli@msstate.edu .