Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Advanced Professional Writing

The Center for Advanced Proficiency in English (CAPE) strives to meet the diverse needs of its partners, and collaborated to customize the length, content and delivery of online courses based on the needs of the entity. Courses can be offered completely online and delivered in an asynchronous format that allows participants from any nation or time zone to participate. CAPE currently offers the following:

Advanced Professional Writing

Advanced Professional Writing in English 1: Foundations

This 10-week asynchronous online course provides 110 hours of instruction in English professional writing and intercultural communication skills for non-native speakers of English. Course topics include: how to write emails, memos, evaluations and summary reports; writing concisely; writing cohesive sentences and paragraphs; grammar and structure; and general intercultural communication skills and communication styles for American professional contexts.

Course Content:

  • Text Format: emails, reports, performance evaluations, summaries
  • Language Focus: essential grammar structures, sentence and paragraph form, unity, coherence
  • Intercultural Communication: levels of formality, conciseness, cultural expectations in a U.S.-based work context.

Goals:

Participants in the course will have the opportunity to:

  • Improve professional writing skills in English
  • Build strategies for effective interpersonal and intercultural communication
  • Enhance online technology skills
  • Develop a personal action plan for improving written communication
Advanced Professional Writing in English 2: Professional Summary Writing

This 5-week asynchronous online course provides 60 hours of instruction in English professional writing and intercultural communication skills for non-native speakers of English. Course topics include: how to write summaries for reports, memos, and abstracts in the workplace. Students who have completed APWE 1 will be able to continue in this second course.

Course Content:

  • Text Format: summaries for reports, memos, abstracts
  • Language Focus: identification of purpose, main ideas, and sequencing to combine multiple source documents (e.g., informational reports, opinion pieces, narratives)

Goals:

Participants in the course will have the opportunity to:

  • Improve professional summary writing skills in English
  • Continue to build strategies for effective interpersonal and intercultural communication

For More Information

Email: capeltc@gmu.edu

Student Testimonials

“My personal experience about this course is truly an enriching and educational experience. As I mentioned earlier, I've never taken an online course before and my experience turned out positive right from the start. I was impressed when we received step by step instructions on how to post assignments, navigate through the website and get ourselves comfortable knowing where to find information, etc. One thing I was pleased to see was that during Orientation Week, a sign language interpreter was featured in the video and I thought that was really thoughtful and considerate. Overall, I was pleased with the online experience. In fact, I have already shared my experience with several D/deaf and hard of hearing employees and highly recommended this course to them.”
“This course is demanding. The idea of having someone else evaluate your writing and comparing it with the writing of others based on a rubric is outstanding. Some areas that I have improved are writing email and other correspondence, rethinking how I should write evaluations, and improving my cultural awareness when I write in a professional environment.”