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EFS 683 and 684 Courses

EFS 683/684 - English Courses for Summer Visitors

All EFS programs and classes for Summer 2020 and Summer 2021 have been canceled, including those that might have been offered online. We hope to see interested students in 2022.

The courses below are for visiting international students who have been accepted to Stanford Summer Session, including the Honors Program, or the High School Summer College program. Students interested in attending any of these courses must apply directly to Summer Session: there is no separate EFS application. Applicants are encouraged to pay particular attention to the recommended English levels on the Summer Session website. For 2020, these courses would have been offered June 22-August 14. Note that visiting international graduate students are also eligible for the same courses as continuing Stanford graduate students.

EFS 683R. Workshop in Reading and Vocabulary for International Students (1-2 units). Provides support in the development of English reading skills for academic purposes, including work on comprehension, speed, and critical interpretation,  along with strategies for improving vocabulary. Students taking the course for 2 units will have additional individual assignments and a 50-minute tutorial each week. 

EFS 683S. Workshop in Oral Communication for International Students (1-2 units).  Provides support in the development of listening and speaking skills in English, including academic listening, small group discussion, oral presentation, and intercultural communication. Students taking the course for 2 units will have additional individual assignments and a 50-minute tutorial each week. 

EFS 683W. Workshop in Written Communication for International Students (1-2 units). Provides support in the development of English writing skills for non-natives. Writing assignments are negotiated with the instructor and may include practice in composition, SAT or TOEFL writing, and writing university application essays and statements of purpose.  Students taking the course for 2 units will have additional individual assignments and a 50-minute tutorial each week. 

EFS 684C. Communicating in the Sciences and Englineering (1-2 units). Provides instruction and practice for international students in essential spoken and written skills to succeed in the sciences and engineering in both academics and industry. Students develop their ability to communicate effectively both with scientists and engineers across the English-speaking world and with others outside their fields.Students taking the course for 2 units will have additional individual assignments and a 50-minute tutorial each week.

EFS 684D. Effective Negotiation and Persuasion (1-2 units). Provides an intensive opportunity to learn and practice essential debate and roundtable discussion skills, abilities in high demand in both academia and industry and central to effective negotiation. The course covers a range of words, phrases and discourse structures for improving English proficiency and functioning effectively in these contexts as well as familiarity with commonly accepted interactional patterns. Students taking the course for 2 units will have additional individual assignments and a 50-minute tutorial each week.