Duke University
Graduate School

Our program currently offers four courses:

GS 720 Academic Writing I (3 credits)
This course focuses on developing awareness of and practicing the basic writing skills and text forms of graduate-level writing. There is a strong focus on recognizing and avoiding plagiarism, and appropriate paraphrasing and source citation. Other topics include academic style, basic organizational patterns, proofreading skills, the draft-writing process, and techniques for academic vocabulary acquisition. Comprehensive writing conferences with each student are held at least once during the semester to provide personalized feedback and guidance. 

GS 730 Academic Writing II (3 credits)
This course concentrates on more advanced skills and text forms of academic writing. Students analyze and produce discipline-specific texts in various genres, including research paper introductions, abstracts, graphs and charts, summaries, critiques, and literature reviews. The course provides extensive writing practice and intensive instructor feedback over multiple revisions of assignments. Individual conferences and revisions of writing exercises pinpoint and address each student's specific vocabulary and grammar problem areas.

GS 721 Oral Communication (4 credits)
This course focuses on developing students' ability to participate actively in conversations of personal, professional, and general interest. Strategies for lecture comprehension and effective note-taking are developed through guided listening practice using authentic academic sources. There is a significant focus on pronunciation using in-class, online, and language lab resources, and individual coaching through e-voice clip exchanges. Individual conferences, videotaping, and peer review provide constructive feedback throughout the course.

GS 731 Academic Presentations (3 credits)
This course focuses on developing students' academic discussion, argumentation, and presentation skills. Students lead discussions and give a series of academic presentations in various genres; each presentation is videotaped and then analyzed individually, in groups, and with the instructor. The class also covers cultural expectations which affect successful cross-cultural communication; units on improving pronunciation and fluency are incorporated throughout.