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Linguistics 380 and 381

Study English in a group setting

Free English classes are offered through the Department of Linguistics for international graduate students and scholars to help improve their spoken and written skills. Classes are offered in the Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters and are limited to fifteen students (including auditors). Courses are designed for students at the intermediate level of English proficiency, but no prerequisite or proficiency test is required to attend. Courses are taught by advanced linguistics graduate student teaching assistants or experienced instructors with a PhD in Linguistics.

Linguistics 380 covers spoken English skills and is offered in all three quarters. In the fall, the topic of Ling 380 is pronunciation and intonation. In the winter, the focus is on fluency, conversation, and culture. In the spring, the focus shifts to academic presentations. Linguistics 381 covers written academic English and is offered only in the Spring Quarter.

Students and scholars of The Graduate School have first priority for registration in our courses, and students who register via CAESAR have priority over auditors. Please note that PhD students may not audit courses, they may only participate as registered students.

To be notifed when registration opens, please make sure to sign up for our mailing list by sending a request via e-mail to elp@northwestern.edu. For more information on eligibility and how to register for our courses, please visit our registration page.

For more information on course meeting dates, times, and instructors, please see our yearly course schedule.