List of ESP + Design courses

English for Special Purpose + Design courses are for students that require additional fluency in English and the field of design. English courses are taken concurrently with Master of Design courses during the first two semesters.

First Semester
2 Courses

ESP Design Listening & Presentation Skills I

3 credit hours

In this course students develop skills in listening, giving presentations, and strategies for note-taking during presentations. Students learn to spontaneously express ideas and ask questions with confidence. This class will focus on strengthening familiarity with formal presentations and informal presentation skills and language use in US classrooms. American English pronunciation in particular is emphasized. This…

ESP Design Reading & Vocabulary Skills I

3 credit hours

In this course students improve reading skills by analyzing core literature in the field of design. Typical topics covered include creativity, typography, abstract modeling, visual storytelling, and the relationship between art and design. Students will learn to recognize transitions and keywords to find main ideas and improve fluency. Vocabulary derivation skills, inference skills, and dissection…

Second Semester
2 Courses

ESP Design Listening and Presentation Skills II

3 credit hours

In this course students practice speaking through class debates, leading discussions, and exchanging ideas. Students learn to express opinions clearly and with confidence. Reading and discussion of papers originating within the design research community continue from last semester with particular topics including sustainability, boundary objects, personas, distributed cognition, and emotion. In parallel, students will give…

ESP Design Reading & Vocabulary Skills II

3 credit hours

In this course students extensively read and analyze typical design literature to increase comprehension of the author’s purpose and tone. Topics will mainly focus on the business of design and the language related to professional practice of design. Skills such as skimming, identifying main ideas and supporting ideas will be emphasized. Students will develop design-specific…