Courses for KU International Students

The Applied English Center has classes for all international students!  Even if you’ve already demonstrated your English language proficiency, we have classes you can enjoy. These classes are listed as AESP 160: Applied English Center Special Topics. Here are some of our offerings:

AESP 160: Academic Reading & Vocabulary. Are you struggling to keep up with the reading in your academic classes? To manage your reading load and succeed in your university classes, you need to focus on reading smarter, not harder. Reading smarter means actively engaging in your reading and using reading strategies to help you identify key ideas and increase your comprehension. In this course, we will work on reading strategies such as annotating and note taking, reflective writing, AURC (Access, Understand, Recreate, and Critically analyze), and vocabulary development. By the end of the course, you will feel more comfortable and confident when sitting down with an academic text for a weekly reading assignment.

AESP 160: Communication Skills for Finding and Succeeding at a Job. This course, designed for international students, explores the linguistic and cultural communication skills necessary for securing a campus job. You will learn how to research potential jobs on campus, write a resume, cover letters, and requests for reference letters, prepare for interviews and communicate effectively with your employers, co-workers, and customers once you secure a job. These job search and communication skills will not only be immediately applicable to you, but they will also benefit you throughout your life.

AESP 160: Connecting with Your Community.  Sometimes it is challenging to find ways to fit in to a new culture and make new friends. This is a great course for newly arrived students or students looking for opportunities to engage in the surrounding culture. During the course, you will participate in some campus and community events, take part in a volunteer experience, and do some readings on specific aspects of American culture.

AESP 160: Good Grammar for Clear Writing.  Are you feeling nervous about your English grammar? Are you worried that your writing is unclear? Since grammar is fundamental to clear and fluent academic writing, you need good control of grammar to be successful in academic writing tasks. This class focuses on advanced grammar structures in writing. In the class, you will complete in-class writing assignments each week and get individualized feedback on grammar errors in your writing. You will learn to identify your grammar weaknesses and fix them!

AESP 160: Pronunciation Applications. This class will provide extensive practice of the pronunciation fundamentals learned in AESP 160 Pronunciation Fundamentals. Students will apply their knowledge and demonstrate mastery of their skills by participating in communicative activities and performing mini-presentations. They will receive individualized evaluations of their progress from the teacher. By the end of the course, the student will have habituated the basics of English pronunciation and will gain confidence in all situations where English is spoken.

AESP 160: Pronunciation Fundamentals.  When non-native speakers of English lack confidence in their pronunciation, it can have far-reaching consequences academically, culturally, and socially. This class is designed to improve pronunciation by giving students knowledge of the individual sounds, stress, intonation, rhythm, and other fundamentals of English pronunciation. In addition to classroom practice, the students will receive individualized evaluations from the teacher. By the end of the course, the student will be easier to understand and will gain confidence in all situations where English is spoken.



One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
Each semester year, the AEC enrolls about 250 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents.
Start working on your degree now! You can take university classes for credit at the same time you are taking English classes.
Earn university credits now! You can use 9 AEC credits as elective credits toward your KU degree in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Business, and Architecture.
Fulfill a university requirement! Completion of your English proficiency requirements means you have finished your foreign language requirement at the University of Kansas.
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