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Summer Courses for Continuing Students

Summer Courses for Continuing Stanford Students 2021

COVID-19 Update: All EFS programs and classes for Summer 2020 have been canceled, including those that might have been offered online. We hope to see interested students in 2021.

The following courses are intended for graduate students currently enrolled in degree programs at Stanford; however, visiting graduate students from other universities are also welcome. The first two are versions of our academic year courses for the 8-week summer session and the remainder are special courses offered in a 6-week session.

  • EFS 691S (meets requirements for 691). Oral Presentation (2 units). Learn the strategy, design, and organization of academic presentations, while developing your English fluency, accuracy and communication style. TuTh 11:30-1:20, first class June 23

  • EFS 698S (meets requirements for 698A).  Writing Academic English (2 units). Prepare graduate students to write academic papers, emphasizing fluency, organization, documentation, and appropriateness for specific writing tasks. MW 3:30-5:20, first class June 22

  • EFS 688A. Intensive Spoken English (3 units). This spoken English portion of the EFS 688 intensive course includes 10 hours/week on listening, oral presentation, discussion, and conversational interaction. May fulfill up to two of the following EFS requirements: 690A, 690B, 691, 693B.  MTuThF 1:30-3:20 plus required lectures Tu 11:00-12:00 and F 3:15-4:15 - first class July 6.

  • EFS 688B. Intensive Academic Writing (3 units). This written English portion of the EFS 688 intensive course includes 7 hours/week on academic writing. May fulfill requirement for EFS 697 or 698A. MTh 9:30-11:50; Tu 9:30-10:50 plus optional orientation to graduate study section F 10:00-11:50 and lectures Tu 11:00-12:00 and F 3:15-4:15 - first class July 6.

  • EFS 689B.  Building Communication Skills through Improvisation (1 unit). Improvisation gives you the tools to be more confident and collaborative with friends, in your classes, and in the workplace.  Practice theatrical improvisation games and techniques that will help you with spontaneity, team building, storytelling, and confident public speaking. Tu 3:30-5:20 or Th 3:30-5:20 - first classes July 7 or 9.

  • EFS 689H.  American Humor (1 unit). Students study and discuss examples of jokes and humorous stories as an insight into US culture, practicing advanced listening comprehension and expanding understanding of English idioms at the same time.  Tu 3:30-5:20 - first class July 7.

  • EFS 689P.  Pronunciation (1 unit). In this course, you will have one class each week where elements of English pronunciation are explained, demonstrated, and practiced. This includes not only a review of the basic sounds, but also the stress, intonation and rhythm patterns so important to natural-sounding speech. You will also have several tutorial meetings with the instructor where you can get help with individual problems. M 3:30-5:20- first class July 6.

  • EFS 689S.  Exploring Silicon Valley Language and Culture (1 unit).  This course focuses on developing communicative skills in the context of Silicon Valley with its unique culture and language patterns. You will improve your ability to understand and produce appropriate language forms for various purposes. Includes an individual project. Particularly recommended for those who plan to live, work, or study in Silicon Valley.  W 1:30-3:20 - first class July 8.

  • EFS 689T.  Interacting in California's Vineyard Culture (1 unit). Learn terminology to talk about wine informally, navigate restaurant wine lists, and interact knowledgeably with restaurant and retail wine staff.  Includes weekly tastings. Participants must be at least 21 years old.  Additional fee of $100.00 (cash only) required at the first class meeting.  To enroll, contact Kristopher Geda - W or Th 5:30-7:20 - first class July 8 or 9.