We want international and domestic ESL students not only to be able to understand the discussions they participate in, but to be able to situate their own cultural background in a diverse and fruitful conversation with their peers and their professors.

Academic writing relies on an open and effective system of communication between teacher and student, conveying the meaning of complex ideas, cultural themes, and effective arguments.



From discussions of the American election and its political parties, to essays on movies and popular western entertainment, to learning about the influence of Marxism in western intellectual thought, elements of western society and culture are some of the seemingly most obvious and therefore least explained portions of classroom discussion and reading in American academia.