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SUNY Korea English Program

Andrew Schenck Message from Director Andrew Lasher

In an increasingly globalized and connected world, strong communicative English skills are no longer optional. To meet this need, the SUNY Korea English Program, which is comprised of both the Program in Academic English (PAE) and Intensive English Center (IEC), has provided quality courses to develop students’ communication skills, as well as their abilities to become successful learners and researchers at university and beyond since 2012. The English Program provides students with an immersive English language environment at a world class American university. Whether in or out of the classroom, students can develop their communication skills and make lasting friendships that will last a lifetime. On behalf of the faculty and staff, I want to welcome you to the SUNY Korea English Program.

Andrew Lasher
Director, SUNY Korea English Program

Program in Academic English (PAE)

Program Overview

The Program in Academic English (PAE) at SUNY Korea offers the foundational courses in writing and oral communication that meet the University’s general education requirement. These courses prepare students for their academic success in writing and research, and in communication required in advanced courses across SUNY Korea.

PAE Faculty

  • Andrew Lasher,
    Director/Assistant Professor

  • Andrew Schenck,
    Assistant Professor

  • Hyunju Kim,
    Assistant Professor

  • Alexander Grevett,
    Teaching Assistant Professor

  • Rachel Ewing,
    Teaching Assistant Professor

  • Timothy Adam Fletcher,
    Teaching Assistant Professor

  • Lindsay Dennison,
    Teaching Assistant Professor

1. SBU Undergraduate Program
1) Program Overview

The PAE writing program is designed for matriculated undergraduate students whose writing has been evaluated by PAE professors and who have been placed into one of five writing levels in the writing program. These levels include WAE 190 Intermediate, WAE 192 High intermediate, and WAE 194 advanced academic writing, WRT 101 Introductory Writing Workshop, to WRT 102 Intermediate Writing Workshop. Each course must be taken and passed before advancing to the next level, and upon passing WRT 102, students will satisfy their writing requirement at Stony Brook.

The PAE writing program is designed for matriculated undergraduate students whose writing has been evaluated by PAE professors and who have been placed into one of five writing levels in the writing program. These levels include WAE 190 Intermediate, WAE 192 High intermediate, and WAE 194 advanced academic writing, WRT 101 Introductory Writing Workshop, to WRT 102 Intermediate Writing Workshop. Each course must be taken and passed before advancing to the next level, and upon passing WRT 102, students will satisfy their writing requirement at Stony Brook.

The PAE writing program is designed for matriculated undergraduate students whose writing has been evaluated by PAE professors and who have been placed into one of five writing levels in the writing program. These levels include WAE 190 Intermediate, WAE 192 High intermediate, and WAE 194 advanced academic writing, WRT 101 Introductory Writing Workshop, to WRT 102 Intermediate Writing Workshop. Each course must be taken and passed before advancing to the next level, and upon passing WRT 102, students will satisfy their writing requirement at Stony Brook.

2) English Language Requirements

Every student must demonstrate a certain level of writing proficiency to graduate from Stony Brook University by completing a writing sequence culminating in the WRT 102 Intermediate Writing Workshop . Depending on individual student preparation, students will enroll initially into writing courses in the Program in Academic English (WAE 190, WAE 192, WAE 194, WRT 101, WRT 102). Final placement is verified and adjusted as needed during the first week of classes. Details of the policy are below.

New freshmen and transfer students who have not transferred an equivalent course from another collegiate institution will be assigned to a writing course appropriate to their level of preparation based on the criteria discussed in detail below. If any one of the criteria below places you into WRT 102, then you are not required to complete the Writing Placement Diagnostic.

Every student must demonstrate a certain level of writing proficiency to graduate from Stony Brook University by completing a writing sequence culminating in the WRT 102 Intermediate Writing Workshop . Depending on individual student preparation, students will enroll initially into writing courses in the Program in Academic English (WAE 190, WAE 192, WAE 194, WRT 101, WRT 102). Final placement is verified and adjusted as needed during the first week of classes. Details of the policy are below.

New freshmen and transfer students who have not transferred an equivalent course from another collegiate institution will be assigned to a writing course appropriate to their level of preparation based on the criteria discussed in detail below. If any one of the criteria below places you into WRT 102, then you are not required to complete the Writing Placement Diagnostic.

Every student must demonstrate a certain level of writing proficiency to graduate from Stony Brook University by completing a writing sequence culminating in the WRT 102 Intermediate Writing Workshop . Depending on individual student preparation, students will enroll initially into writing courses in the Program in Academic English (WAE 190, WAE 192, WAE 194, WRT 101, WRT 102). Final placement is verified and adjusted as needed during the first week of classes. Details of the policy are below.

New freshmen and transfer students who have not transferred an equivalent course from another collegiate institution will be assigned to a writing course appropriate to their level of preparation based on the criteria discussed in detail below. If any one of the criteria below places you into WRT 102, then you are not required to complete the Writing Placement Diagnostic.

Writing Placement Criteria:

Students with an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 580 or higher will be placed into WRT 102. Faculty from the Program in Academic English will review the writing placement diagnostic of students with a combined Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score below 580 to determine placement into the appropriate writing course.

Students with an English Language Arts score of 23 or higher will be placed into WRT 102. Faculty from the Program in Academic English will review the writing placement diagnostic of students with an English Language Arts score below 23 to determine placement into the appropriate writing course.

Students who have received AP scores in English Language/Composition or English Literature/Composition with a score of 3 or higher will be placed into WRT 102.

Students who have transfer college credit in English Composition from a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C or higher can determine transfer equivalency information by visiting Stony Brook's transfer equivalency page here.

3) Course Description

A course for students who have attained a degree of fluency in speaking English but need additional training in reading and writing skills. Beginning with basic sentence patterns and working toward paragraph development and eventually essays, each student has the opportunity to practice many different varieties of writing. May be repeated but counts only once toward graduation. Writing placement score determines placement in the course. A through F grading only. The Pass/No Credit option may not be used.

-Prerequisite: i) A score of 1 on the writing assessment
-3 credits

The purpose of the course is to provide students with writing experiences designed to help them express ideas effectively in sentences and paragraphs. It strives to develop students' writing skills through the use of the dictionary, practicing structures of written English, and learning to edit in preparation for advanced editing in WAE 194. To accomplish these goals, students work on expanding their English competence on the sentence level, work on expanding their vocabulary through reading and use of the dictionary, work on strategies that promote independence and editing of their writing and complete many short writing assignments. Grammar proficiency tests are administered throughout the semester. These tests emphasize the use of particular grammatical points in the context of a creative effort on the part of the student. A final exam is administered that is judged by a committee composed of PAE professors. The committee decides if the student possesses the skills necessary to succeed in WAE 194. A through F grading only. The Pass/No Credit option may not be used.

-Prerequisite: i) A score of 1.5 on the writing assessment or ii) a grade of C or better in WAE 190
-3 credits

Advanced training in writing for students who need to concentrate on paragraph and essay development. The course deals with the development of a variety of essay genres, including the personal narrative, summary/response and argumentation/persuasion. Key grammar points are reviewed and are expected to be mastered. May be repeated but counts only once toward graduation. Writing placement score or successful completion of WAE 192 determines placement in the course. A through F grading only. The Pass/No Credit option may not be used.

-Prerequisite: A score of 2 on the writing assessment or a grade of C or better in WAE 192
-3 credits

An introduction to the foundations of writing, offering students a variety of rhetorical strategies and helping them develop creative and critical thinking, fluency, and correctness. Coursework creates ample opportunities for significant practice in reading, writing, and critical analysis. Emphasis on writing as a revision-based process. WRT 101 prepares students for WRT 102 and postsecondary academic writing.

-Prerequisite: i) A score of 3 on the writing assessment or ii) a grade of C or better in WAE 194
-3 creditsv -DEC: A1
-Partially fulfills: WRT

A study of strategies for extended academic writing assignments including critical analysis, argument or point of view, and multi-source, college-level research essays. Students continue to develop rhetorical awareness, analytical proficiency, and academic research skills. At the end of the course students create a multimodal ePortfolio of final revised essays to be evaluated by their instructor and at least one outside reader.

-Prerequisite: i) a grade of C or better in WRT 101 ii) English test scores in the designated standardized tests stated above in the English Language Requirements
-3 credits
-DEC: A2
-SBC: WRT


2. SBU Graduate Program
1) Program Overview

The PAE oral/aural program is designed to help international Ph.D. students (for whom English is not their first language) and funded Masters' students raise their English proficiency to a level that enables them to be able to teach, function in the business world and present in English. For those graduate students who do not show adequate proficiency in speaking as measured by the iBT TOEFL, IELTS, or TSE, three levels of OAE course work are offered at the graduate level: OAE 581 Intermediate Oral/Aural Skills, OAE 583 High Intermediate Oral/Aural Skills, and OAE 585 Advanced Oral/Aural Skills. Students are required to take the course that corresponds to their test scores and then advance through the course sequence. (Undergraduates may elect a cross listed OAE 190 or OAE 194).

The PAE oral/aural program is designed to help international Ph.D. students (for whom English is not their first language) and funded Masters' students raise their English proficiency to a level that enables them to be able to teach, function in the business world and present in English. For those graduate students who do not show adequate proficiency in speaking as measured by the iBT TOEFL, IELTS, or TSE, three levels of OAE course work are offered at the graduate level: OAE 581 Intermediate Oral/Aural Skills, OAE 583 High Intermediate Oral/Aural Skills, and OAE 585 Advanced Oral/Aural Skills. Students are required to take the course that corresponds to their test scores and then advance through the course sequence. (Undergraduates may elect a cross listed OAE 190 or OAE 194).

The PAE oral/aural program is designed to help international Ph.D. students (for whom English is not their first language) and funded Masters' students raise their English proficiency to a level that enables them to be able to teach, function in the business world and present in English. For those graduate students who do not show adequate proficiency in speaking as measured by the iBT TOEFL, IELTS, or TSE, three levels of OAE course work are offered at the graduate level: OAE 581 Intermediate Oral/Aural Skills, OAE 583 High Intermediate Oral/Aural Skills, and OAE 585 Advanced Oral/Aural Skills. Students are required to take the course that corresponds to their test scores and then advance through the course sequence. (Undergraduates may elect a cross listed OAE 190 or OAE 194).

2) English Language Requirements

All students who are not native or primary speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency in English to be admitted to the Graduate School. Stony Brook University has established overall minimum English language competency requirements for admission to graduate study and additional, more stringent speak competency requirements for PhD applicants as well as master’s students who serve as Teaching Assistants. Students may be conditionally admitted without meeting some admission requirements, but under no circumstances may students teach in a class or laboratory until they have met Stony Brook University’s speak competency requirements.

A native speaker of English is someone who learned English as a child and uses English as his or her primary language at home. A primary speaker of English may speak a language other than English at home but has developed native fluency as a result of using English exclusively in most social and educational contexts.

All students must declare their native language as part of the admission process. Intentional misrepresentation by a student of his or her native language is academic dishonesty and is grounds for dismissal from the graduate school.

English Speaking Proficiency Requirements to Serve as a Teaching Assistant

Supervised college-level teaching is required for the award of any doctoral degree at Stony Brook, and occasionally master’s students serve as teaching assistants. Eligibility for any student serving as a Teaching Assistant is contingent upon the candidate’s ability to speak English proficiently. All prospective Teaching Assistants who are not native or primary speakers of English must achieve a minimum score on the Speaking subsection of the Internet-based TOEFL or IELTS. The TOEFL iBT is administered at centers throughout the world several times each year; applicants should forward their scores directly to SUNY Korea Graduate School. Further information is available by contacting SUNY Korea Graduate Admissions Office at gradadmission@sunykorea.ac.kr.

All applicants who fail to achieve the minimum score on one of these tests will not be allowed to serve as a Teaching Assistant. This includes all doctoral students and all master’s students who will be assigned as a Teaching Assistant.

Students who will have a teaching role at the University and whose speaking test scores do not meet our minimum standards for teaching will be assigned to an Oral Academic English (OAE) course.

NOTE: OAE courses are remedial and cannot be counted toward degree requirements or degree completion from any program.

TOEFL iBT
(Speaking)
IELTS
(Speaking)
Course
Requirement
TA Eligibility
23-30 7 or Higher none Eligible to TA
21-22 6.5 OAE 585 Eligible to TA
18-20 6 OAE 583 Eligible to run
recitation and lab
sessions and/or grade
15-17 5-5.5 OAE 581 Not eligible to TA

3) Course Description

The purpose of this course is to do intensive work in aural and oral language skills. Emphasis is on the segmental level: vowel/consonant work, syllable work and word stress as well as rhythm on the sentence level. Summarizing and questioning are practiced with work on learning styles. Students' awareness of American teaching and cultural patterns are stressed. Observing American professors and students in class is encouraged. A student will receive a diagnostic assessment of her/his language segmental and suprasegmental difficulties from the instructor and will be expected to work on improvement in these speech areas both in the classroom and independently in the language laboratories. Successful completion (A- or higher) of the course leads to OAE 585; B+ or below leads to OAE 583.

-Prerequisite: i) IELTS score of 5-5.5 or ii) iBT Speak score of 15-17
-3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)

The emphasis of this course is threefold: developing language skills, teaching skills and cultural awareness. Language skills will focus on sentence stress, phrasing, linking and pausing with field specific language practice. Teaching skills stressed include questioning techniques for discussion and assessment, leading effective discussions and assessing student learning. The cultural awareness focuses on idioms, American cultural values and norms as well as non-verbal communication. Successful completion of this course (B or higher) leads to OAE 585.

-Prerequisites: i) IELTS score of 6.0 or ii) iBT Speak score of 18-20
-3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)

This course further develops language skills at the supra segmental level, teaching skills, cultural awareness and presentation skills. Intonation is taught with self-monitoring strategies. The teaching skills examine strategies for introducing yourself, your syllabus, explaining a visual, defining terms, giving presentations and giving successful lectures. Analysis of presentations is given to each student throughout the semester. Cultural awareness is centered on some assumptions affecting teaching in the American classroom. Success completion of this course (a B or better) clears the student from the oral/aural English requirements.

-Prerequisites: i) IELTS score of 6.5 or ii) iBT Speak score of 21-22
-3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)


3. FIT Undergraduate Program
1) Program Overview

Based on the English Placement Exam, a student who shows need for improvement in writing and reading may be required to enroll for ES 123/ES023 before taking EN 121. Students for whom English is a second language may be required to enroll in ES 123/ES 023 prior to EN 121 and/or ES 024 as a co-requisite of EN 121.

Based on the English Placement Exam, a student who shows need for improvement in writing and reading may be required to enroll for ES 123/ES023 before taking EN 121. Students for whom English is a second language may be required to enroll in ES 123/ES 023 prior to EN 121 and/or ES 024 as a co-requisite of EN 121.

Based on the English Placement Exam, a student who shows need for improvement in writing and reading may be required to enroll for ES 123/ES023 before taking EN 121. Students for whom English is a second language may be required to enroll in ES 123/ES 023 prior to EN 121 and/or ES 024 as a co-requisite of EN 121.

2) English Language Requirements

Competency in English skills is a graduation requirement at FIT. Placement into the proper English course is an important factor in making sure you succeed. At FIT, placement is determined by taking one of the following exams:
https://www.fitnyc.edu/academics/placement-tests/english.php

SAT verbal exam, including the essay exam ACT verbal exam, including the essay exam
One of these is required before you can register for EN 121 Freshman Composition, which must be completed within the first year of study at FIT. Skills are evaluated using your performance on the SAT or ACT. If your skills are not sufficient for EN 121, you will be placed in the appropriate Educational Skills course. The following charts help determine placement.

SAT Critical Reading and Writing
If you score: You will register for:
490 and below ES 123 English as a Second Language and ES 023 Lab
500 – 530 EN 121 Freshman Composition and 9 tutoring sessions
540 or higher EN 121 Freshman Composition

ACT Verbal and Writing
If you score: You will register for:
14 and below ES 123 English as a Second Language and ES 023 Lab
15 – 17 EN 121 Freshman Composition and 9 tutoring sessions
18 and above EN 121 Freshman Composition

A score on either the SAT or ACT allows you to register immediately for a writing course.

If you have not taken either of these exams in the past five years, you must take the FIT placement exams before registering for English and math courses. If you are not pleased with your SAT/ACT score, you should make arrangements to retake the exam through College Board. If you believe you should be exempt from English placement based on transfer credit for an English composition course taken at another accredited college, please have an official transcript sent to the Registrar’s Office of FIT NYC’s.

International Students

Since you do not take the SAT or ACT exams, you must take the FIT English placement exam when you arrive at FIT, before registering for any English course.

Advanced Placement Exams

https://www.fitnyc.edu/registrar/transfer-credits/ap-exams.php
Students who have taken an Advanced Placement Exam (AP) and earned a score of three (3) or higher will receive transfer credit. Official transcripts are required for transfer credit evaluation. Go to CollegeBoard.org for more information.

Name of Exam FIT Equivalent FIT Requirements
AP English Language and
Composition
EN121, EN020* G1 Basic Communication
AP English Literature and
Composition
EN121 (G1)
EN030 (G7)
G1 Basic Communication
G7 Humanities

Students who score 3 or higher on both English AP Exams will receive a total of 9 English credits. The Equivalencies above are subject to revision

International Baccalaureate

Up to six (6) credits will be considered for each Higher-Level Exam with a grade of four (4) or higher. See website for FIT course equivalents.

Transfer Credits

http://www.fitnyc.edu/documents/policies/em016-transfer-credit.pdf
A grade of “C” or better must be earned for approval of transfer credit. Courses with “P” (pass/fail) or “S” (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) grades will also be considered for transfer credit. Only the course and credit, not the grade, are posted to the FIT record. Transfer credit is assigned a grade of “T” and will not affect the FIT grade point average.

3) Course Description

With intensified instruction in reading and writing, students apply and practice the English skills taught in the co-requisite ES 123. Sessions consist of small-group and individual work.

-Co-requisite(s): ES 123
-1 credit; 3 lab hours

For students who need to improve their skills in English as a second language. Instruction is given in reading and writing English, with some practice in listening and speaking. Students must register simultaneously in the corresponding section of ES 023. More than one semester of ES 023/123 may be needed. Additional ESL instruction (ES 024) is required after successful completion of ES 023/123.

-Co-requisite(s): ES 023
-2 credits; 2 lecture hours

writing self by focusing on the writing process. A number of forms are employed, including brainstorming, freewriting, journal writing, reading response journals, and formal essay writing. Classes are conducted as workshops, and both peers and instructor offer constructive feedback. (G1: Basic Communication)

-Prerequisite or Co-requisite: college-level English proficiency as demonstrated by placement test or completion of appropriate ES course(s)
-3 credits; 3 lecture hours

Students read and analyze stories by authors from around the world. They consider various aspects of narrative and explore different modes of storytelling. The study of short fiction prepares students to read more widely on their own in the future. (G7: Humanities)

-Prerequisite(s): EN 121 or ES 129 or equivalent
-3 credits; 3 lecture hours

Intensive English Center (IEC)

IEC Overview

The Intensive English Center (IEC) at SUNY Korea has been offering a program of courses and activities, identical to its sister program at Stony Brook University in New York, providing educational and cultural opportunities while promoting English proficiency for academic purposes. Our main priority is to support our students’ language and cultural needs in acquiring the knowledge and language skills necessary to prepare them for intercultural communication. With exposure to the intensive English courses offered in the SUNY Korea IEC, students can become not only fluent in the English language but also mentally prepared for the challenges of being international students.

IEC Faculty

  • Terence Christian Oliga,
    Teaching Assistant Professor

  • Chris Houghton,
    Teaching Assistant Professor

  • Yeji Seok,
    Teaching Assistant Professor

  • Paige Morris,
    Teaching Assistant Professor

1. IEC Program

The IEC has 4 levels: Pre-intermediate (IEC 111); Intermediate (IEC 112); High Intermediate (IEC 113); Advanced (IEC 114). The IEC classes are geared towards preparing students for academic language skills. Students receive instruction in critical thinking, essay writing, making oral presentations, note-taking and comprehending academic lecturers.

1) IEC Level

IEC 111 (Pre-intermediate) – IEC 112 (Intermediate)

All pre-intermediate through intermediate students take IEC 111 & 112 courses. They are designed to help students build a strong foundation in general oral and written communication.

Core classes: Listening & Speaking; Reading & Writing Enrichment classes: Grammar & Vocabulary; American Culture through Movies; Communication Skills Required assignments: Conversation practice or TED-Talk report

IEC 113 (High intermediate) – IEC 114 (Advanced)

These levels help high intermediate to advanced students prepare for success in an American
University. Once a student has reached either the IEC 113 or IEC 114 level, they have the
opportunity to take one SUNY Korea class before graduating from the IEC program, pending IEC
Director approval. This allows for a smooth transition into becoming a SUNY Korea student.

Core classes: Listening & Speaking; Reading & Writing Enrichment classes: Grammar & Vocabulary; Academic Skills through Reading; Advanced Communication Skills Required assignments: Conversation practice or TED-Talk report

2) 2021 – 2022 Academic Calendar & Cost
Spring Session
(Mandatory)
Summer Session
(Mandatory)
Fall Session
(Mandatory)
Winter Session
(Optional)
Feb 22 – May 14 May 24 – Aug 13 Aug 30 - Dec 10 Jan 3 - Feb 11
12 weeks 12 weeks 15 weeks 6 weeks
4,950 USD 4,540 USD 4,950 USD 2,270 USD

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