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Academic Language and Culture Support

Workshop Series


International students who are new to U.S. higher education often find that they could benefit from support to help them adjust to U.S. academic culture and expectations. For this reason, every autumn and spring semester the Office of International Student Services sponsors Academic Language and Culture, a series of free workshops that focus on the following:

  •     U.S. Classroom Culture
  •     Academic Writing: Expectations and Guidelines
  •     Oral Presentation Skills: Giving Presentations for the Classroom

These workshops are free are designed to encourage in-class participation with minimal outside assignments or requirements.

Participation in Academic Language and Culture is mandatory for international students who are new to U.S. higher education and who have been granted authorization by the OIS for a first-semester reduced courseload (part-time study). Full-time and continuing students may participate depending on space availability. For more information about enrolling in Academic Language and Culture, contact the OIS at tcintl@tc.edu.

TC Graduate Writing Center


The Teachers College Graduate Writing Center provides both one-on-one consultations as well as writing workshops to help TC students become better writers. Issues such as organization, clarity, and documentation are covered. Services are available for fee. Note that the Writing Center does not provide direct editing of papers or other coursework. For more information, go to the Writing Center web site at http://www.tc.edu/centers/writingcenter/index.htm.

American Language Program at Columbia University


Students who wish to undertake intensive English-language preparation either before or during studies at Teachers College may wish to investigate courses provided by Columbia University's American Language Program (ALP). The American Language Program offers instruction by trained professionals in a variety of areas, including written and spoken English. For more information about course options and fees, go to http://www.ce.columbia.edu/alp.

Community English Program (CEP) at Teachers College


The Community English Program at Teachers College is staffed by students in TC's TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). CEP provides language instruction to members of New York City's immigrant communities, or the family members of international students who wish to improve their English language ability.  For more information, go to http://www.tc.edu/centers/communityenglish/.

APA Style Resources


Written work for course taken at Teachers College must conform to different kinds of writing styles. Your course instructor will indicate that kind of writing style required by the course.  In most cases, however, students will be asked to write in according to American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines. You may purchase APA guidebooks at the TC Bookstore, or link to these on-line resources:

    Purdue University On-Line Writing Lab (OWL) APA Formatting and Style Guide

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