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English for Researchers

International scholars are encouraged to participate in a special evening course this summer designed specifically for researchers. This course provides visiting scholars with language skills they will need to communicate with other researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Course Details

English for researchers will enable beginning and intermediate English speakers to develop the vocabulary and grammar necessary to communicate with other researchers. This course is designed to be an informal introduction to the English language in this particular professional setting.

Participants can anticipate class sessions that will involve quick, simple instructions in grammar and language acquisition, typically followed by group activity and informal presentations designed to help students practice creating and communicating with new English language structures. The course, geared toward language for scholars and academics, will include role-play scenarios that may arise for researchers in business, STEM fields, the social sciences and humanities who need to understand ways to communicate with an international audience.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Listening: Participants will practice comprehension by listening to media and the instructor. Participants also may begin engaging in conversations with their peers and will engage in assignments designed to help students practice new listening comprehension skills.

  • Speaking: Participants will practice speaking in structured conversations designed to accentuate workplace vocabulary with peers and native speakers. Participants also will participate in group projects and light assignments designed to encourage students to think and speak in English.

  • Reading: Participants will read from several modified texts designed to highlight workplace language and culture. Readings may include workplace narratives and reports, short stories and memos.

Schedule & Fees

Registration for this course has closed. Please use the sign-up form below to receive notification when new course dates are available. Thank you for your interest.

The fee for this eight hour workshop is $123.


No textbooks will be required for this course.

Other Required Materials

Participants will need paper and pen, as well as access to a computer that can print. 

About the Instructor

Darren Meritz is a full-time UTSA instructor whom is well-versed in language and literature. Starting out as a staff writer and reporter, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Master's degree in English Literature. Darren earned his TESOL/TEFL Certification. Darren is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the UTSA Writing Department, which reviews textbooks for departmental use. His committee also does sample evaluations of student writing portfolio projects to establish norms and standards.

His other courses of instruction were in composition, developmental writing, integrated reading and writing, world literature, and public speaking. Darren has also lectured at Northwest Vista and in China for a university summer school.

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