ELP Course Registration Opening for Fall

Strengthening English Through ELP Courses – “Very Useful,” “A Big Help,” and “Inspiring”
by Karen Schwelle, Director of English Language Programs (ELP)

WashU students and scholars enter the university with excellent English skills, and yet the high communication demands of academics and research can pose challenges and cause anxiety. Each semester, courses offered by the English Language Programs (ELP) address the most common communication concerns we hear about from members of the WashU community:

  • Participating in fast-paced group discussions
  • Understanding U.S. cultural norms for networking, interviews, and other professional conversations
  • Writing long, complex academic papers or research articles
  • Writing culturally appropriate “non-academic” communications such as emails

Here is what some WashU students have said on course evaluations about their experiences in ELP courses:

  • “What’s taught in the course is very useful, helping me communicate with Americans better.” (Talking to Americans: Casual and Professional Conversations)
  • “The course is absolutely a big help for my pronunciation and speaking.” (Pronunciation for Clear Communication)
  • “I would encourage [other students] to take the course. It’s a great way to be prepared for a future opportunity to be a professor or leading a class as a TA.” (Language, Culture, and Interaction Skills for Teaching Assistants)
  • “Whenever I have a question, [the instructor] can always answer me in an inspiring way” (Research Writing for Graduate Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences)

WashU students can browse ELP course listings and register in WebSTAC, and WashU postdocs, other employees, and members of the community can browse and register through University College. Registration for Fall 2017 courses opens on April 17, 2017. If you have questions about which ELP courses or other services might be appropriate for you, please visit our website or contact us at elp@wustl.edu. It’s a privilege to work with WashU’s amazing international population and to support you in achieving your academic and professional goals!





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