The Center for Language Education at JHU offers an ESL program to help Hopkins international teaching assistants (ITAs), graduate students and post doctoral fellows improve their English skills.

ESL Faculty

Summer ESL-ITA Workshop

We encourage departments in KSAS to send their incoming international graduate students and first-year ITAs to this summer intensive, three-week workshop before they serve as a TA. Departments, through stipends or other means of support, will enable students to pay for living expenses during the month of August.

Fall/Spring ESL Classes

For those students who cannot enroll during the summer or wish to continue improving their English skills, the following courses are available to them. Any eligible graduate student or postdoc from any Johns Hopkins school may enroll in the fall/spring semester courses via SIS.

Course Descriptions

Spring 2020 Courses
Spring – January 27th-May 1st
(Registration November 4th-January26th)

AS.370.602.1 Pronunciation and Discourse
Schedule: (Section 1) MW 12:00PM-1:15PM; (Section 2) TTh 12:00PM-1:15PM
Instructor: Victoria Donato
Location: Gilman 10
This course focuses on improving students’ perception and pronunciation of American English through learning articulation, phonetics, and phonology. Students learn the basics of anatomy of speech production in order to understand how difficult sounds and sound contrasts are made. Students also learn the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to help them distinguish sound contrasts that are difficult depending on the individual students’ native languages. Moving beyond individual sounds, students learn how sounds change depending on what word or phrase they appear in and when they appear in fast or colloquial speech. Finally, students learn and practice intonation appropriate for various types of statements and questions.

AS.370.603.1 Public Speaking in Academia
Schedule: TTh 10:30AM-11:45AM
Instructor: Victoria Donato
Location: Gilman 10

This course is intended for international students with advanced English skills and satisfactory pronunciation who wish to further improve their communication and public speaking skills, as well as better understand the cultural norms of American academia. Students will refine their speaking skills, practice designing and giving presentations, and learn the basics of speaking publicly in American Academia, at conferences, and inside the classroom. This course is appropriate as a follow-up to Pronunciation and Discourse (AS 370.602) or as a stand-alone course for students with satisfactory pronunciation. This course can also be repeated for additional practice or taken concurrently with Pronunciation and Discourse.

AS 370.604 Advanced Grammar and Academic Writing
Schedule: MW 1:30PM-2:45PM
Instructor: Victoria Donato
Location: Gilman 77
In this course students will read and analyze the content, structure, and style of a wide range of academic and professional writing in order to improve their own essays, articles, reports, theses, critiques, and proposals using those features. They will learn to explain, support, compare and argue their ideas effectively through attention to organization, vocabulary, and style. Grammar will be infused into the course as it applies to revision and editing of written work and consistency within various types of writing. Students will use a variety of strategies to improve skills in idea development, organization, word choice, sentence fluency, voice, grammar and mechanics. Writing tasks will be integrated with content, vocabulary, and grammar from various texts.

Important Note: The above courses are also open to applicants who are not full-time JHU students. If you cannot enroll through SIS and wish to apply for either course, you must apply through the ESL website.  The tuition per course is $895, with the possibility of tuition remission if eligible.