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Course Description

This course will enhance the listening, speaking and writing skills of students whose native language is not English with ELAE scores below the iSchool’s set criteria.  The course will include field-specific writing and presentations.  The credits will not apply to the degree program.  In this course, our goal as teachers is to help you improve your English skills and learn how to continue improving on your own.  We are not IST professors; therefore, we will not concentrate so much on what you are saying in class, rather HOW you are saying it.  Our focus is to help you quickly integrate yourself into your IST classes by showing you how to present yourself and what you know in those classes.  


IST 678 is a zero-credit course, which means that it will not affect your grade-point average; however, a letter grade will appear on your transcript.

Professor of Record

Murali Venkatesh


Learning Objectives

After taking this course, students will be able to: 

  1. Speak confidently and effectively about Information Studies-related issues in formal situations
  2. Participate actively in a classroom situation, interacting with the instructor and classmates
  3. Read large amounts of Information Studies material quickly and with good comprehension
  4. Write effectively about business topics, using clear arguments and appropriate organization
  5. Understand and use idioms and Information Studies vocabulary
  6. Interpret different types of assignments, test questions and class requirements
  7. Increase sensitivity to working within a multi-cultural framework

Course Syllabus

IST 678 Spring 2021 Syllabus- Laura Lisnyczyj

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