Welcome to ESL at Hopkins

Spring - January 26 - May 1, 2015

The Center for Language Education at Johns Hopkins University offers English as a Second Language courses to help students and professionals sharpen their communication skills. Courses are designed for students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of English who want to increase their effectiveness at work, at school, or in social settings.

Evening courses are offered at the Homewood Campus during the fall and spring semesters to meet the demands of your busy schedule.

Tuition is $895 per course.

Offering Classes in:

492.071 Strengthening Oral Communication Skills
Schedule: MW 5:30-7:00PM (including 10 min. break) 
Instructor: Susan S. Lee

This course aims to enable students to succeed in professional and social discussions and conversations. By focusing on strategies for initiating oral communication, responding to the comments and ideas of others; as well as improving listening skills, students will become better overall at speaking and listening to English. Fiction and non-fiction media from a variety of sources will be used to stimulate discussion, sharpen listening skills, and build vocabulary. Exercises and drills will target specific grammar trouble spots and explicit pronunciation errors.  So as to empower students in formal speaking situations, they will be asked to deliver two short 2-4 minute presentations and one longer 5-8 minute presentation. Extensive practice and feedback from instructor and classmates encourage students' confidence in their public speaking skills.

492.077 Academic and Professional Writing
Schedule: T 5:30-8:30PM (including 10 min. break) 
Instructor: David McNeal

Students read and analyze the content, structure, and style of a wide range of professional and academic writing in order to write their own articles, reports, critiques and proposals using those features. They learn to explain and argue their ideas effectively through attention to organization, vocabulary, and style. Such practice would also include, but not be limited to business letters, reports, memos, summaries, email messages, etc. Grammar will be infused into the course as it applies to revision/editing of written work and consistency within various types of writing.

492.044 Accent Reduction
Schedule: MW 5:30-7:00PM (including 10 min. break)
Instructor: Meredith Suniewick

This course is designed to help non-native American English speakers tackle American English language skills and improve their pronunciation and manner of speaking dramatically. The course incorporates the learning of language skills such as the sounds, stress patterns, rhythm, and intonation patterns of American English. This is a separate process from learning the grammar and vocabulary of American English. The completion of this course will result in accent modification, accent improvement and easily understandable conversational speech and will help the learner to function more effectively at work and outside of work.

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