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Improve your English skills & learn about U.S. culture

This part-time, non-credit course is for students, scholars, and visitors seeking to improve their basic English-language skills.

The focus is on "Life in the United States—Communicating Across Cultures," with a special emphasis on proficiency in spoken English.

The conversational activities, interactive presentations, discussions, and field trips will give you practice in speaking, pronunciation, and listening.

The course, which meets from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. every Thursday in Rockefeller Hall, is taught by David George, who has more than 25 years' experience teaching English to international students and scholars.

You may register for either the fall or the spring option.

English for International Students & Scholars: Fall/Spring Program
  • Fall 2018: September 6–December 6
    Spring 2019: January 24–May 2
  • Open to ages 18+
    Who's eligible?
  • Part-time, Non-credit
  • Fall 2018: $670
    Spring 2019: $670
  • Register by January 23, 2019
    (For late registration, contact us)


  • Engage in speaking and listening exercises to help you improve your basic English language skills.
  • Participate in reading and grammar activities to reinforce your vocabulary and conversational skills.
  • Enjoy field trips and opportunities to talk with native English speakers.
  • Gain insight into American culture and history.

Student experiences

"It's both educational and fun. The professor is very enthusiastic and teaches very well! The presentations, class discussions, readings, and trips were most helpful."
"This course is very helpful for the student who wants to know more about America as well as improve English skills."