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Courses Taken as Extra to a Program

Courses are offered through the McGill Writing Centre for graduate students whose first language is not English, and some writing courses are offered in other units. These courses cannot be counted toward the requirements of a graduate program.

The courses are:

CESL 500 ESL: RESEARCH ESSAY AND RHETORIC (3) (3 hours) (Formerly ESLN 500.) (Prerequisite: CESL 400 or ESLN 400 or placement test.) (Restriction: Not open to students who have taken CEAP 250 or EAPR 250 or EFRL 250 or ESLN 500.) (Open only to students in degree programs.) For the near-native speaker of English. Principles and use of academic research, genres, rhetorical strategies, and editing skills.

CESL 640 FUNDAMENTALS OF ACADEMIC WRITING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS (3) (Formerly ESLN 640.) (Prerequisite: Placement test.) (Restrictions: Open only to graduate students in degree programs for whom English is a second language. Not open to students who have taken ESLN 590 or ESLN 640 or ESLN 690 except with permission of the instructor.) (This course cannot be counted towards course requirements of any graduate program.) Focus is on structuring an academic essay and expressing complex ideas. Multiple drafts. Independent learning strategies for academic reading, critical thinking, vocabulary building, and self-editing. Review of writing mechanics.

CESL 650 PRONUNCIATION & COMMUNICATION (3) (3 hours) (Formerly ESLN 650.) (Restrictions: Open only to graduate students in degree programs for whom English is a second language. Not open to students who have taken ESLN 550 or ESLN 650.) (This course cannot be counted towards course requirements of any graduate program.) Focus on developing pronunciation and communication skills, including aspects of pronunciation that most affect intelligibility, and with verbal and non-verbal techniques for effective presentations.

CESL 660 PRONUNCIATION: INDEPENDENT STUDY (0) (Formerly ESLN 660.) (Prerequisite: CESL 650 or ESLN 650.) (Restrictions: Open only to graduate students in degree programs for whom English is a second language. Not open to students who have taken ESLN 660.) Oral practice in a language lab using authentic materials specific to students' field of study.

CESL 690 WRITING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS (3) (Formerly ESLN 690.) (Restrictions: Open only to graduate students in degree programs for whom English is a second language and who are at the thesis/dissertation writing stage, except with permission of the instructor. Not open to students who have taken ESLN 590 or ESLN 690.) (This course cannot be counted towards course requirements of any graduate program.) Audience, purpose, organization, and style of graduate-level academic writing. Mechanics. Editing. Textual analysis. Critical thinking. Genres: problem-solution, general-specific, process description, data commentary, article summary/critique. Student work-in-progress. ESL diagnosis-correction. Multiple drafts. Extensive feedback including audio-taped commentary and individual conferences.

EDEC 645 SCIENCE WRITING AND PUBLISHING (3) (Restriction: Limited to senior graduate students - Ph.D. 2 and above.) Techniques for writing reader-sensitive scientific articles and grant applications, including how to express abstract ideas.

REDM 610 WRITING SCIENCE ARTICLES 1 (3) (Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.) (Restrictions: Restricted to graduate students in the Faculty of Science; graduate students from other faculties considered, space permitting. Enrolment is limited to 12 students. The language of instruction is English and it is not intended as an ESL course. Course is graded pass/fail.) Principles and techniques for clear scientific writing with an emphasis on how to transform complex ideas into direct and precise ones by explaining research to peers and writing for interdisciplinary audiences.

REDM 710 WRITING SCIENCE ARTICLES 2 (3) (Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.) (Restrictions: Restricted to Ph.D. students in the Faculty of Science; M.Sc. students from the Faculty of Science and Ph.D. students from other faculties considered, space permitting. Enrolment is limited to 12 students. The language of instruction is English and it is not intended as an ESL course. Course is graded pass/fail.) Skills for writing and publishing scientific articles, including peer-reviewed manuscripts and short, critical reviews of published articles. Topics include techniques for developing logical arguments and writing publishable manuscripts.