Graduate English Skills Program (GESP)

  • Small class size
  • Research paper writing
  • Low textbook cost
  • Literature review preparation and writing
  • Weekly instructor conferences
  • Accent reduction
  • Scholarly text focus in your academic discipline
  • Videotaped Presentations
  • Technical vocabulary building in your academic discipline
  • Academic Lecture Note-taking

"Practicing English skills in the GESP program is advantageous for overseas students, like me. Especially the writing class, I found is very helpful as it guides me the way to structure and write my thesis in my final year. The reading and speaking classes are also good. They all helped improve my English for both studying and daily life." --Titti Saksornchai, GESP Summer 2002

 

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Placement Testing. Students must reserve a test seat at minimum two days before their chosen test date. Students who test into and register for GESP will have their placement-testing fee credited to their GESP tuition. Students must bring photo ID and proof of testing fee payment to GESP placement testing. To reserve a test seat, visit

https://iep.uta.edu/payonline_gesp.php

 

If you have questions about GESP or how to register for the placement tests, please contact:

Joshua Atherton

atherton@uta.edu

 

 

General Description. GESP is an intensive English program for international graduate students. Students who have been accepted by the Graduate School and admitted to a graduate program (either conditionally or provisionally) as well as current graduate students are eligible for GESP. If students have a low verbal score on the GMAT or GRE, they can meet the UTA Graduate School and most graduate departments' English proficiency requirements by successfully completing GESP. Occasionally, exceptions are made to this policy; if interested, please contact the GESP Coordinator at atherton@uta.edu. The workload for each class, Writing, Reading, and Listening/Speaking, is equivalent to a graduate-level class.

Class Content. Each course is discipline-specific and content-based, so students use texts and journals in their discipline for their reading and writing assignments, presentations, accent reduction homework, and their vocabulary assignments.

 

GESP Class Descriptions

 
Writing
  • Write 4 persuasive and analysis papers on topics relevant to your discipline.
  • Read, summarize, and analyze at least 20 articles from scholarly journals in your discipline.
  • Use materials from scholarly journals to inform your writing.
  • Follow documentation styles most commonly followed in your discipline.
  • Write a full-length literature review.

Recent Paper Titles

  • The Detrimental Role of the IMF in the Recovery of Thailand's Economy
  • The Questioning Method as a Teaching Tool
  • BISDN and Future Broadband Communication
  • Risk and On-line Information Security
  • The Optimal Method to Reduce Loss in the Distribution System
  • Systematic Risk in Bond Investments
  • Phonetic Assessment of Korean Vowels
  • Heat Exchangers: A Study of Parallel, Counter, and Cross-Flow Arrangements
  • The Importance of Activity-Based Costing on Production Activities
  • Globalization: A New Era of Renaissance

 

"All my papers during my first year of graduate school came out great as a result of improved writing skills. The lessons from GESP writing class will remain with me and help me for the rest of my life." --Anant Dewan, GESP Summer 2002

 

 
Reading
  • Read, summarize, and analyze at least 20 articles from scholarly journals in your discipline.
  • Recognize and use the layout and style of scholarly material.
  • Identify the most common collocations used to discuss topics in your discipline.
  • Use a discipline-specific text to learn ways to increase your reading speed and comprehension of academic material.
  • Use a discipline-specific text to learn ways to build your discipline-specific vocabulary.
  • Master at least 100 academic and discipline-specific vocabulary words through repeated exposure via reading scholarly and textbook reading.
  • Increase your comprehension when you learn how to draw inferences, identify assumptions and bias, and synthesize information.
  • Continuously work on reading speed, reading comprehension, and vocabulary.
  • Increase your comprehension and vocabulary when they keep a weekly reading journal: respond in writing and discuss in class a total of 40 articles on various topics.
Representative Required Readings
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (chapter) (Thomas Kuhn)
The Evolution of Management Thought (chapter) (Wren)
History and the Present Day (chapter) (Braudel)
"What Is Enlightenment?" (Immanuel Kant)
Selected short stories (Langston Hughes) (Ernest Hemingway)
 
 
Listening & Speaking
  • Learn pronunciation and how to reduce your accent.
  • Work 1-on-1 with your instructor and with pronunciation software to reduce your accent.
  • Present (teach) at least 5 lessons on topics in your disciplines.
  • Listen to lectures and take notes from videotaped academic lectures.
  • Listen to a variety of English accents in a videotaped lecture format.
Recent Teaching Lessons
Total Quality Management
Continuous Auditing
Acute Otitis Media
Asthma
Should the Balkans be Euroized?
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Cervical Cancer
The Aging Process and Dementia
Link to Pronunciation Practice
 

 

 

Graduate Links

 

Students' home countries include:

Bangladesh

China

Colombia

India

Indonesia

Japan

Korea

Nepal

Sudan

Taiwan

Thailand

Turkey

Uzbekistan

Jordan

Germany

Albania

Morocco

Palestine

Algeria

Kenya

Students' disciplines include:

Accounting

Civil Engineering

Computer Science Engineering

Education

Electrical Engineering

Finance

Healthcare Administration

Information Systems

Landscape Architecture

Linguistics

Material Science

Marketing

Management

MBA

Nursing

Psychology

Psychology

Real Estate

Urban Development

Mechanical Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Political Science


Prospective GESP students not yet admitted to the Graduate School may email the GESP Coordinator to inquire about how to apply.

Students who are returning to GESP from a previous semester do not need to and are not allowed to retake the placement tests.

 

GESP Fees

 

Tuition:

 


Writing

Reading

L/S

Fall
$1,800
$1,800
$1,800
Spring
$1,800
$1,800
$1,800
Summer
$1,100
$1,100
$1,100
 
Late Registration: $50.00 (after the first week of class)
Books & Materials: $200.00 (full-time student)
 
University Fees:
Health Center: $55.00
International Student Fee: $120.00 (for F and J visa holders.
Health Insurance: $1,000.00 (approx. Fall/Spring) $500.00 (Approx. Summer)

 

MyMav cannot be used to register for GESP; the GESP Coordinator will directly register students.

 GESP tuition is due during the second week of University classes (after Grad School tuition) and can be paid through MyMav or directly at the Bursar's Office.  

 

Class Dates and Hours

Schedule subject to change.
Some classes may not be offered in Summer semester.

All classes meet four days per week.


L/S

Writing

Reading

Mon.
X
X
X

Tues.

12:30-1:50pm

2:00-3:20pm

3:30-4:50pm

Weds.

12:30-1:50pm

2:00-3:20pm

3:30-4:50pm

Thurs.

12:30-1:50pm

2:00-3:20pm

3:30-4:50pm

Fri.

12:30-1:50pm

2:00-3:20pm

3:30-4:50pm

 
For more information contact
Joshua Atherton, GESP Coordinator
atherton@uta.edu