Advanced Academic English

Preparing Students for the Discourses of Elite Universities


The purpose of this course is to help equip teachers with a repertoire of pedagogically proven and research-based teaching methods that will ensure them of their own cutting edge pedagogical content knowledge. The course is based on and exemplifies the Deweyan principle of learning through experience, whereby teachers experiment with and experience (much as their students will) the teaching methods and model lessons that will become part of their own repertoire for classroom instruction. 

Thus the course is conducted characteristically as workshops or demonstration lessons, followed by reflections on principles and theory that inform the teaching practices. Close attention will also be given to anticipated problems and methods of assessing student learning outcomes. The course is designed to encourage reflective, creative, and independent thinking on the part of a teacher, and professionally informed actions that follow from reflection. Hence the course insists on attending to the theory and principles behind every demonstrated practice, so that a teacher may adapt demonstrated practices to a range of different classes and contexts while remaining faithful to the principles and values that form the philosophical basis for the teacher’s practice. 

Participants who complete each course will earn an official certificate of course completion from Columbia University, Teachers College.

Sample Course Schedule

  • 8:30am - 11:30am8:30am - 11:30am
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm11:30am - 1:00pm
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Day 1

  • 8:30am - 11:30amWorking Together: Building a Community of Readers and Writers

    Responding From Plenty: Layers of Response and Analysis
  • 11:30am - 1:00pmLunch
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pmResponding Across Genre: Talking About and Talking Back To Multiple Types of Literature

    Understanding Craft and Language: Apprenticeship Models
  • Day 2

  • 8:30am - 11:30amEstablishing And Sustaining An Academic Discourse Community In the Classroom: Principled Practices, Structures, and Routines
  • 11:30am - 1:00pmLunch
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pmMisreadings and Missed Readings: Methods for Assessing Students’ Reading and Writing Habits and Development
  • Day 3

  • 8:30am - 11:30amOpening Up Texts: Invitations to Explore and Create

    Expanding Analysis: Experiencing Textual Worlds Together
  • 11:30am - 1:00pmLunch
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pmTranslating Approaches into Action: Principled and Powerful Lessons

    Rethinking Your Curriculum in Theory and Practice: Texts and Contexts
  • Day 4

  • 8:30am - 11:30amPutting it All Together: Rehearsing Approaches
  • 11:30am - 1:00pmLunch
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pmCarrying it Forward: Looking Back and Planning Ahead