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Welcome!

Congratulations on being selected to participate in the English for Graduate Studies Programs for Fulbright Scholars. Syracuse University and the English Language Institute are very pleased that you will be joining us in Syracuse this summer. While at Syracuse, mornings will be spent in academic courses with afternoons devoted to sociocultural programming. You will be able to use all of the University’s resources and have the opportunity to meet a variety of people from many different backgrounds.

We are looking forward to your arrival.

 

We are here to assist you in any way we can and will meet your arrival at Syracuse Airport.


Required documents- your housing application, health form, information form and JPG photo

 

Logistical Information

Summer 2015 Conference Housing App ScholarsThe ELI will send you information by express mail and/or electronic means to prepare you for the US sojourn. You will be sent the following documents: 1) An admission letter, 2) a health form, 3) a housing application and 4) the Arrival Information Sheet. Students should arrive on July 18 so as to attend initial orientation and proficiency assessment on July 19 and 20.

You are required to submit forms (2) – (4) to the ELI (Please note, we will accept your completed Department of State Academic Exchanges Participant Medical history and Examination Form in place of (2). You will be subjected to a TB test upon arrival as required by New York State.

Prior to arrival, students will be contacted and provided with information regarding the University and the ELI as well as staff contact numbers.

  1. Admission Letter
  2. Health Services Form
    Syracuse University Health Form

    Be sure to forward a PDF scan of your completed Health Form or, Department of State Academic Exchanges Participant Medical History and Examination form to Sandy Squire ssquire@syr.edu.

  3. Housing Application
    Summer 2015 Conference Housing App Scholars
  4. Arrival Information Sheet

    Be sure to complete and forward a copy of the English for Graduate Studies Program Information Sheet to Sandy Squire ssquire@syr.edu as soon as your flight arrangements have been made and no later than 3 weeks before your departure from your home country. Make a copy of the completed arrival information form to carry with your immigration and travel documents as it contains useful instructions and contact information.

    English for Graduate Studies Program Information Sheet

 

Housing

Washington Arms

Washington Arms

You will be housed at Washington Arms Hall located at 621 Walnut Avenue a short three blocks walk to the ELI.  There are four residential floors. Most are open double rooms with baths. The rooms are furnished and each student is provided a twin XL bed, desk, desk chair, dresser and closet or armoire.  The window in the room will have blinds or curtains.  The majority of the rooms are carpeted.  Fresh linens will be provided weekly.  A shared kitchenette is available on each floor and laundry facilities are located in the basement.

Move-in date is Saturday, July 18, move-out is Saturday, August 15.  Early move in is available, a daily rate of $42.00 will be charged for each day before July 18.  (You would be personally responsible for this extra charge.)

Meals

Ernie Davis Dining Hall

Ernie Davis

Students with special dietary requirements will be accommodated. You will have a full meal plan. The summer dining hall (Ernie Davis) is a four-block walk and offers a large selection of food items. Dining Services will provide box lunches on request for students.

 

Syracuse Hancock international Airport (SYR) is a secondary airport. When you arrive from abroad, you will first land at a major airport (New York Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), San Francisco, (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR), Washington DC, Dulles (IAD) Washington DC, Reagan (DCA). Those major airports are your first port-of-entry and you will go through immigration and customs.

  1. Present your documents at immigration (passport, I-20, DS 2019, University admission letter, financial statements or letters of sponsor support. You should have a customs form normally given to you on the plane.
  2. Continue on to the baggage claim area to collect your bags.
  3. Take your bags through Customs -> Green line means you have nothing to declare Red line means you have something to declare. The Customs agent will collect your customs form.
  4. As you exit Customs, you have to transfer your bags to the next flight and airline. Your airline should have booked your bags through to your final destination and this should be indicated on your baggage claim tickets attached to your bags. If you are on the same airline as you started, for example, Delta, United American/USAIR, you probably should be able to leave your bags with an airline agent outside of customs. At some airports, you may have to transfer terminals WITH YOUR BAGS and check in again. Ask before you make any decisions. (You can ask your agent who checked you in on your original flight.)
  5. Locate the Syracuse flight possibly in a different terminal and go there. You may have to go through security again so be sure to dispose of any liquids.
  6. On July 18, you will be met at the airport or bus/train station as appropriate and brought to Washington Arms Hall on the Syracuse University campus (about a 15-minute drive). Flights will be monitored for delays/ cancellations. Please send your photo ahead of time, so that your Syracuse University ID will be available upon arrival. A package will be provided containing a welcome letter, campus maps, bus schedules, dining hall schedules, restaurant information, a Syracuse map, residence hall information, summer recreational facilities and schedules, EGS program staff names and contact information. Residence hall check-in is not available after midnight; consequently, you need to arrive earlier in the evening. Students arriving after midnight will need to stay at the airport hotel. Best Western Airport Inn. There is a Best Western van that can pick you up. P: 315-455-7362. Someone from the ELI will pick you up in the morning. Syracuse University is a 15-minute drive from the airport.
    http://bestwesternnewyork.com/hotels/best-western-syracuse-airport-inn
  7. Prepay taxis are available at the airport. Pay inside the baggage claim area. A taxi to Syracuse University is about $30.

Problems/Questions? Call or email Darlene Carelli, Assistant to the Senior Associate Dean

  • Phone: 315-433-7991
  • Cell: 315-263-0208
  • Email: dkcarell@syr.edu

More On What We Offer

Orientation

On July 19 -21, all newly arrived students will receive orientation to the University including use of the Internet and Blackboard, a tour of the campus, the IIE introductory material (i.e., about Fulbright, US State Department role, IIE function, and the IIE website). If IIE representatives are on hand, they will conduct the session. Information sessions from Health Services and Public Safety http://publicsafety.syr.edu/ will be provided. The ELI Student Handbook providing rules and regulations as well as useful information will be distributed and discussed. Students will have received ID cards and will be shown how to access the public buses. Students are also provided with personal lockers located in the Student Lounge.

On the first day of class, instructors discuss the course requirements, the syllabus, and the course calendar. Expectations for successful course completion including active participation and assignment submission by set deadlines will be discussed.

Proficiency Assessment

The assessment process takes place on the Monday (July 20) before the core courses begin (Tuesday, July 21). Results are based upon an oral interview, a writing sample and a diagnostic grammar instrument. The results will be shared with you and will provide the instructors with baseline information. At the end of the program, similar instruments will be used so that you can quantify your improvements.

The Program

You will have a special academic and sociocultural program. The core courses in textual and oral communication will meet five days a week in the mornings. The overall objectives of the morning core are to improve academic English language proficiency by providing an academically rigorous and intellectually challenging course to enhance understanding of American society and culture and to develop critical thinking skills. Given the importance of discipline specific work, whenever possible, you will be grouped as much as possible into disciplinary areas for the formal coursework so that instructors may focus on the writing formats, citation styles, and vocabulary appropriate to your fields. A University librarian will provide sessions on academic integrity, citation protocols, and library research skills including working with subject matter librarians. The cultural and supplementary components (except the computer literacy and pronunciation sessions) will be delivered to the group.

You will receive ongoing feedback from instructors not only through scores utilizing rubrics but also through qualitative commentary providing specific suggestions and strategies for improvement. These comments may be delivered in writing or verbally in individual conferences. All instructors provide information on academic integrity and plagiarism.

There are breaks in the mornings and at lunch, and in the afternoons in which you can meet with instructors for additional help or make use of the computer labs. For students without personal computers, computer labs are available on campus, in residence halls, and in the University College building where the English Language Institute (ELI) is housed.

 

Mornings

Textual Communication will use as its text Academic Writing for Graduate Students (Swales & Feak, 2012) which “explains understanding the intended audience, the purpose of the paper, and academic genres; includes the use of task-based methodology, analytic group discussion, and genre consciousness-raising; shows how to write summaries and critiques; features “language focus” sections that address linguistic elements as they affect the wider rhetorical objectives; and helps you position yourself as a junior scholar in your academic community.” The sessions include vocabulary development and grammar points. ELI instructors will provide you ample opportunity to practice doing research through assignments. This component will also address reading skills (skimming, scanning, reading for information) utilizing texts from relevant fields of study. Instructors will draw your attention to text organization, enumerators, and semantic markers that assist readers in eliciting meaning.

Oral Communication will use a text entitled Leadership and Culture (Garcia-Murcillo, 2013) and was written by a Syracuse University faculty member specifically to address graduate student needs. Its chapters (Building Confidence; Cultural Understanding; Managing Time Across Cultures; Setting Goals; Communicating Across Cultures; Working with Others; Managing Conflicts; Becoming a Leader; Building Social Capital; Enhancing Creativity) are ideal topics for the English for Graduate Studies Fulbright course. The instructors will frame the discussions so that disciplines represented by you will be brought to the fore.   This will be used throughout the 6 weeks and the afternoon, speakers and workshops will provide practical information and/or application of the work/information covered in the oral sessions. Assistance with pronunciation and intonation will be addressed individually and with feedback and materials as needed for further work particularly in the afternoon sessions. You will make oral presentations in your areas of study using academic conventions. You will be exposed to a number of presentations styles through the afternoon speakers and audio/video recordings. As in the textual component, attention will be paid to vocabulary building, framing an argument, and grammatical structure. You will work on posing and answering questions, interrupting, asking for clarification, and acquiring seminar participation skills. Instructors will comment on your verbal and non-verbal communication skills and cultural appropriateness.

Afternoons

Invited Speakers

The afternoons are dedicated to numerous invited experts who will address a wide variety of issues (abolition, academic integrity, climate change and sustainability, conflict management, entrepreneurship and technological innovation, gender and identity issues, global communication and international advertising discourse, library research skills, media and diversity, managing expectations, mental health and wellness, public safety, resources in the US health care system, sexual harassment, student expectations and responsibilities, student rights as non-US citizens, team building, technical writing, technology in the classroom, and the US higher education, government and legal systems).

Breakout Sessions

Facilitators will attend all afternoon presentations and events to provide additional discussion opportunities after the speakers have completed their sessions. The schedule allows for an hour discussion period.

 

Computer Skills

For the participants needing to enhance computer skills, there will be afternoon sessions using the Microsoft Office Suite. These will include instruction on formatting (e.g., creating a table of contents). These will be in addition to the presentation on PowerPoint.

Pronunciation Sessions

Optional pronunciation and intonation sessions will be offered to students who desire or are identified as needing additional practice. The ELI has a lab where students can practice using specialized programs.

Culminating Project

You will develop an electronic or print poster with a discipline specific topic to present as the final project for the course. The “PosterFest” will be held in the Student Lounge and afford an opportunity for you to speak to a wider audience which will include English Language Institute (ELI) students as well as guests (invited speakers, course instructors, community members, graduate student mentors, fellow Fulbrighters, and University staff).

The evenings are free for rest, socializing, studying, and exercising. We expect that you will be quite tired given the amount of programming planned.

Weekends

You will be kept extremely busy during the week and will need to have time for rest and relaxation. Nevertheless, a number of functions have been planned for the weekends and include a Welcome lunch, a BBQ at a private home, shopping trips, Niagara Falls, and Alexandria Bay.

Contact with Americans

Through the Fulbright Association of Central New York, you will have opportunities to engage with Americans. You will also have regular interactions with the graduate students and some of their networks. Several social events will afford additional instances to engage with Americans.

Program Monitoring and Evaluation

Language acquisition is a continuous and cumulative process. At the end of the program, you will be given an oral interview and a writing test so that the initial placement scores and post program scores can be compared and used as a basis to gauge language acquisition. The final oral interview has a two-fold purpose: (1) to assess language proficiency gains and (2) as a program evaluation instrument.

Fulbright 4 Week Calendar PDF

July

Saturday, July 18

  • Arrival
  • Housing Check in Washington Arms
  • Settle in
  • Dinner in Ernie Davis

Sunday, July 19

  • Breakfast in Ernie Davis
  • Josh Epstein, Fulbright Program intro
    • US State Dept. role
    • IIE function
    • Fulbright website
  • English for Graduate Studies Program Overview
  • Welcome lunch
  • PM Shopping trip

Monday, July 20

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication Assessment and course syllabi presentations
  • Campus Tour and Lunch
  • 2:00–3:00pm
    Being a successful student in the US Dr. Kandice Solomone,
    Associate Dean,
    Advising and Academic Support,
    College of Arts and Science
  • 3:15–4:15pm
    Using the Fulbright Network: Making Connections
    Dr. Elane Ganger,
    President CNY Fulbright Association

Tuesday, July 21

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • 1:45–2:45pm
    Using Blackboard
    Karen Bull,
    Manager, Online Programs
    University College
  • 3:00–4:00pm
    Gender and identity issues, cross-cultural awareness and adapting to US culture.
    Dr. Chase Catalano,
    Director of the LGBT Resource Center
  • 4:15–5:00pm
    Breakout Sessions: Pronunciation/Computer Skills

Wednesday, July 22

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • 1:45–3:00pm
    Team building-How to be successful in project work
    Karen DeJarenette,
    Director, TEDCenter  
  • 3:15–4:00pm
    Using digital tools: e.g., Prezi and Power Point
    Karen Bull,
    Manager, Online Programs
    University College
  • 4:15–5:00pm
    Breakout Sessions: Pronunciation/Computer Skills

Thursday, July 23

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • Pizza lunch!
  • 1:30–3:15pm
    Bird Library ETC room 046
    Accessing library resources
    Tarida Anantachai,
    Bird Librarian
  • 3:30–5:00pm
    Breakout Sessions: Pronunciation/Computer Skills

Friday, July 24

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • 2:30pm
    US higher education system & culture->
    Dr. Geraldine de Berly,
    Senior Associate Dean,
    University College
  • 3:30–5:00pm
    Breakout Sessions: Pronunciation/Computer Skills

Saturday, July 25

  • Destiny USA
    Large Mall for additional shopping, entertainment, cell phone, and computer purchase opportunities

Sunday, July 26

  • BBQ de Berly residence
    1. invited speakers
    2. International Center of Syracuse members
    3. CNY Fulbright Association
    4. EGS students & instructors/staff

Monday, July 27

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • 1:45–3:15pm
    Technical Writing
    Mike Frasciello,
    Director, On Line Learning,
    College of Engineering
  • 3:30–5:00pm
    Breakout Sessions: Pronunciation/Computer Skills

Tuesday, July 28

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • 1:30–3:15pm
    Intro to the US legal System
    Aviva Abramovsky, JD.
    Associate Dean,
    College of Law
  • 3:30–5:00pm
    Breakout Sessions: Pronunciation/Computer Skills

Wednesday, July 29

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • 1:45–2:30pm
    Student rights as non-US citizens regarding police interactions, including arrest and detention
    Tony Calisto,
    Senior VP,
    Safety & Chief Law Enforcement Officer
  • 2:45–3:30pm
    The Media and Diversity,
    Hub Brown,
    Associate Dean of Research, Creativity,
    International Initiatives & Diversity,
    Newhouse School
  • 3:30–5:00pm
    Breakout Sessions: Pronunciation/Computer Skills

Thursday, July 30

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • 1:30–3:15pm
    Bird Library ETC room 046
    Citation protocols and Academic integrity
    Tarida Anantachai,
    Bird Librarian
  • 3:30–5:00pm
    Breakout Sessions: Pronunciation/Computer Skills
  • 7:00pm
    Baseball Game (optional)

Friday, July 31

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • 1:30–3:15pm
    Syracuse and the Underground Railroad
    Angela Williams,
    MLK Librarian
  • 3:30–5:00pm
    Breakout Sessions: Pronunciation/Computer Skills

August

Saturday, August 1

  • 10:00am
    Seward Museum and Harriet Tubman Home,
    Auburn
    Return via Skaneateles (possible boat trip)

Sunday, August 2

  • Alexandria Bay (optional)

Monday, August 3

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • 1:45–3:15pm
    US Government and party system
    Dr. Grant Reeher,
    Political Science,
    Maxwell School
  • 3:30–5:00pm
    Breakout Sessions: Pronunciation/Computer Skills   

Tuesday, August 4

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses:Textual and Oral Communication
  • 1:45–3:00pm
    Mental Health and Wellness-resources in the US health care system
    Christopher Cederquist,
    Associate Director,
    Counseling Center
  • 3:30–5:00pm
    Breakout Sessions: Pronunciation/Computer Skills

Wednesday, August 5

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • 1:45–3:00pm
    Appropriate interpersonal relationships including sexual harassment in person and on line behaviors
    Cynthia Curtin,
    Associate Vice President
    Chief Officer for Equal Opportunity,
    Inclusion & Resolution Services,
    Title IX Coordinator
  • 3:30–5:00pm
    Breakout Sessions: Pronunciation/Computer Skills  

Thursday, August 6

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • 1:45–3:15pm
    Conflict Management
    Andrea German-Willis
    Assistant Director, TEDCenter
  • 3:30–5:00pm
    Breakout Sessions: Pronunciation/Computer Skills

Friday, August 7

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • Pizza Lunch!
  • 2:30pm
    Building posters (electronic or print) Workshop
    Karen Bull,
    Manager, Online Programs
    University College
  • 4:00–5:00pm
    Breakout Sessions: Pronunciation/Computer Skills

Saturday, August 8

  • Salvation Army
    Site Tour and Community Service

Sunday, August 9

  • Niagara Falls

Monday, August 10

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • 1:45–3:15pm
    Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation
    Professor Marcene Sonnenborn,
    School of Information Studies
  • 3:30-5:00pm
    Breakout Sessions: Pronunciation/Computer Skills  

Tuesday, August 11

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • 1:45–3:15pm
    Global Communication and International Advertising Discourse
    Dr. Tej Bhatia,
    Dept. of Language,
    Linguistics & Literatures
  • 3:30–5:00pm
    Breakout Sessions: Pronunciation/Computer Skills  

Wednesday, August 12

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • 1:30–4:15pm
    Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation,
    Professor David Driesen,
    College of Law

 

Thursday, August 13

  • 8:45am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • 1:30–5:00pm
    Completion of poster projects

Friday, August 14

  • Fulbright Poster Fest AM
    Final Presentations
  • Closing certificate Lunch

Saturday, August 15

  • Departure from Syracuse

Typical Day class Schedule

M-F 8:45-10:15 Textual Communication
M-F10:15- 10:45 BREAK
M-F10:45-12:15 Oral Communication
M-F12:15-1:30 or 1:45 LUNCH
M-Th 1:30- 3:15   Fridays 2:30 start Invited Talks and discussions -> Site visits as appropriate
3:30-5:00 Breakout Sessions with grad students/computer skills optional practice/instructor meetings/research/individual pronunciation practice

Students will be kept extremely busy during the week and will need to have time for rest and relaxation. Nevertheless, a number of functions have been planned for the weekends and include a Welcome lunch, a BBQ at a private home, shopping trips, Niagara Falls, and Alexandria Bay.

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Examples of Student Trips

The Syracuse University Identification card (SUID) enables access to all university facilities. Facilities include libraries, computer labs, gymnasiums, indoor swimming pools, racket and basketball courts, tennis, and ice-skating. A summer recreational calendar will be posted. The SUID also enables students to use campus bus shuttles.

Throughout the summer there will be some University wide social events such as an ice cream social and free movies on the Quad.

In summer, the main dining hall is Ernie Davis.

Syracuse is a small city of about 145,000 people. Summers are lush, with lots of green vegetation, flowers and blue skies. Temperatures range from the mid-70’s to mid-90’s (F), sometimes in the same week! With the changing weather fronts, occasional thunder showers occur. Layers of light clothing are suggested along with comfortable shoes, a rain jacket and an umbrella.  Sweaters are also useful.

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