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Central Washington University
Office of International Studies and Programs
Hebeler Hall 102
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7408

AUAP Classes

AUAP student giving thumbs up Functions of English (FUN)

Students will learn communication skills that can be used in a variety of social, survival, and intercultural settings. Students will learn practical English language patterns and vocabulary to communicate with confidence in a comprehensible and socially appropriate manner. During the class CWU students will visit Functions classes to participate in group speaking activities with AUAP students. You will have a chance to visit a local elementary school for an afternoon and see an American classroom setting first hand. You and your classmates will be responsible for teaching an aspect of Japanese culture to the children.

Integrated English Skills (IES)

Students will study a variety of topics through activities and assignments to promote effective reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills. Students will complete the AUAP Discovery Project, a research paper based on interviews with Americans. Students will also assemble a portfolio of writing during AUAP. English-language movies and songs may be played in class to improve listening and discussion skills.

American Studies (AS)

Students will study the major cultural, political, and social trends in the United States that have developed throughout its history. Students will be given an overview of American history and learn how historical events are reflected in the current cultural values, social views, economic aspirations, and political makeup of the United States.

International Communication/Global Issues (IC/GI)

Students will learn about the diversity of today’s global environment, including similarities and differences in national demographics and cultural values. Students will study aspects of globalization, including resource inequality, trade, sustainability, war and peacekeeping, and the role of international organizations. During the course, students will read news articles and give a presentation on an international topic.

TOEIC Preparation Course (TOEIC)

As part of the IES class, students will study English grammar and listening to help students to perform better on the TOEIC exam. Students will practice with listening activities and specific grammar activities which will address important topics for the test. All students will take a practice TOEIC test at the end of term I and the real TOEIC test at the end of the cycle.”

Career Development (CD)

A special course designed to get students thinking about their future and career path. Students will learn business vocabulary that will help them on the TOEIC test as well as in their job search process. Students will create an American style resume, an International Experience Portfolio, and participate in job interviews.

Connections (CONN)

Connections Class will be held weekly throughout the cycle to keep you informed about special events, programs, and to provide opportunities to ask questions. Topics include such things as: Campus and Community Friends, home stay information, winter break or summer housing info, charter bus info, volunteer opportunities, etc.


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