International Students and Scholars
Skidmore English Language Immersion (SKELI) Program
The SKELI program is designed to improve your academic English fluency and to prepare you for the challenges of a Skidmore education. The core of the program is a summer intensive English course called EN095 (English for Academic Purposes) that is short but rigorous. You will attend classes for 4 to 6 hours a day, Monday through Friday, for five weeks (early July through early August). You will focus on academic writing and reading, critical and creative thinking, research skills, and grammar.
Participants in the SKELI program are high school graduates and candidates to matriculate as degree-seeking students at Skidmore College. The Office of Admission will make admission offers to students with the compulsory or optional registration of the SKELI summer program. Admission to participate in the SKELI program is only offered through the Office of Admission for full-time, degree-seeking students.
EN095 (English for Academic Purposes) balances a concern with language with a recognition that we are entering into a unique academic space with its own norms and expectations. We will make time to expand our proficiency with at least two “Englishes”—that of academic discourse and the more casual register that will be a part of life outside of class. Beyond language itself, we challenge ourselves to try new modes of thinking as we embrace Skidmore’s culture of critical and creative thinking. In support of these bold goals, Skidmore has made an equally forthright commitment to the students, who will enjoy the support of the instructor, teaching assistant, in-dorm peer mentor, Writing Center tutors, and an international academic advisor.
For information read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and you can contact the course instructor, Thad Niles (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the international student advisor, Darren Drabek (email@example.com).
Goals of EN095 Writing Instruction
- Practice fundamental moves of academic prose: summarizing, responding critically to a text, creating a research or discussion space, taking a stand with a thesis, integrating outside voices and responding to them, and considering to the implications of your own ideas.
- Explore dialectics—questions without clear one-dimensional answers, oftentimes related to theoretical frameworks—and practice creating balanced responses that accommodate more than one possibility.
- Learn more about advanced academic research, including academic journals.
- Explore creative processes like critique and collaborative approaches to writing.
- Learn self-help tools, including online corpus analysis tools and methods of text analysis.
- Look beyond grammatical accuracy to make prose more efficient, cohesive and professional while avoiding monotonous or “simple” sentence structures.
- Become a “power user” of resources like the Writing Center.
Goals of EN095 Oral/Aural Competency Instruction
- Develop an awareness of cultural norms related to group discussions and one-on-one discussions with professors.
- Develop strategies for entering into the fast-paced, often non-linear group discussions typical at Skidmore.
- Explore the role that group discussions play in a constructivist model of knowledge formation.
- Practice note-taking strategies and information clarification strategies.
- Participate in large seminar reading discussions with Skidmore students and professors.
- Make real, lasting connections with students on campus.
- Practice conversational English as you explore the region.