The University Learning Center provides academic support to new, incoming first-year undergraduates participating in the ALI Summer Academy. Through a series of group workshops, book clubs or discussions, informal outings, and individual conferencing, our Learning Assistants support students throughout the program outlined below.
Program Structure: There are three components to the program: (1) Morning Workshops Monday through Thursday based on current ALI Academic Workshop Program courses (Academic Reading and Writing and Academic Listening and Speaking); (2) Two Afternoon Seminars, also Monday through Thursday, The American College Experience (ACE) and Research Skills (RS); and (3) an "in and of the city" course titled American Language, Culture and Communication (ALCC), which provides orientation and acculturation workshops, activities and outings on Fridays.
Academic Reading and Writing: This advanced reading and writing course aims to develop non-native English speaking students' abilities to read more efficiently, to think more critically, and to write more effectively in order to successfully participate in American university classes. Reading material is authentic and primarily non-fiction. Writing assignments are designed to help students develop all aspects of their writing from grammatical accuracy to discourse and argument structure, to word choice, audience awareness, tone, and style. Students also learn how to be more effective editors of their own writing. (Mondays & Wednesdays 9:00-12:00)
Academic Listening and Speaking: This advanced listening and speaking course prepares non-native English speaking students to function more successfully in university-level classes and other speaking situations in which standard educated English is used. The primary course goals are to help students to speak more clearly, fluently and accurately, to develop their listening and note-taking skills, and to improve their self-confidence in a range of speaking situations. Classroom activities include pronunciation exercises and listening practice, formal and informal discussions, and individual and group presentations. (Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00-12:00)
The American College Experience: This course introduces students to the culture of the American college classroom and familiarizes them with the educational values (doing one's own work, giving credit to others when using their ideas, balancing collaboration and competition) that form the basis of ethical academic inquiry, and which lead to the acquisition and development of knowledge in American colleges and universities. The course also provides an orientation to NYU and its academic and research facilities. (Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30-3:30)
Research Skills: Conducting research is one of the fundamental activities in institutions of higher education. This course teaches the process of writing a research paper—from brainstorming and topic selection and narrowing focus through articulation of a research question; to identifying relevant and reliable sources of information and learning how to use citations; to collecting and organizing data and developing an argument; to editing and shaping the paper into a final product. In doing so, the class introduces students to the digital tools and databases available to NYU students. The course gives students an opportunity to apply many of the educational values introduced in The American College Experience class and in the morning workshops. (Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30-3:30)
American Language Culture and Communication: This class is designed to introduce international students to living in New York City. Activities get students out of the classroom and into the local community, where they learn about how to make the most of their time at NYU. Under the guidance of ALI faculty, student mentors and tutors provide expert local knowledge and help welcome the course participants into the NYU and New York communities. Scheduled on Fridays, this class is intended as a more interactive and somewhat less academic counterpoint to the other pieces of the ALI Summer Academy. (Fridays 11:00-2:00)
ULC staff is typically hired for the full academic year (fall, spring). Applications are posted on our website and through CareerNet, with select candidates invited for interviews. Hiring offers remain contingent upon schedules and successful completion of the current semester. Training activities are required – dates to be determined.
A small number of students are hired in December/January to join us in the spring semester. Select spring candidates will be invited for interviews through early January.
Select candidates will be offered an interview.