For Students

Learn more about ELSP, our offerings, and important policies.

Who are ELSP Courses for?

Many types of students attend our courses and workshops. Primarily, we serve all LGS multilingual graduate students (domestic and international), but faculty and postdoctoral students attend our classes as well. For some LGS students, ELSP coursework is a required, integral part of the curriculum. However, ELSP coursework is accessible to all that might benefit throughout their graduate journey. For more about requirements and schedules, please review our testing information page.

What Courses Do You Offer?

Our courses are based on what individuals can ‘do’ with language when they enroll. The aim of the courses is to expand academic communicative skillsets. Read the descriptions below to learn more about our courses.

Intermediate Speaking Track

Intermediate speakers can handle many of the speaking exchanges of routine life and work and are most successful in communicating their point to individuals with a sympathetic ear for non-native speakers. These courses will focus on expanding learners’ abilities to link ideas into paragraphs, maintain appropriate past, present, and future time frames, enhance fluency and improve comprehensibility. Courses include:

  • ELSP 505: Communication Skills for Intermediate Speakers I (3 credits)
  • ELSP 515: Communication Skills for Intermediate Speakers II (3 credits)
  • ELSP 516: Communication Skills for Intermediate Speakers III (2 credits)

Advanced Speaking Track

Advanced speakers can narrate and describe in the past, present, and future timeframes in paragraph-length discourse. Although they may have varying degrees of fluency and accuracy, advanced speakers typically can convey their message without confusion and can be understood by listeners not accustomed to non-native speakers. These courses will focus on improving skills related to discussing new and challenging topics extensively, participating in formal and professional conversations, and consistently providing a structured argument in extended discourse. Courses include:

  • ELSP 517: Communication Skills for Advanced Speakers I (3 credits)
  • ELSP 518: Communication Skills for Advanced Speakers II (2 credits

        Advanced/Superior Speaking (Elective Courses)

  • ELSP 520: Seminar in Professional Communication (3 credits — Fall)
    • ELSP 520 provides an environment in which students practice professional and academic speaking tasks with self-confidence. Students meet as a group for discussions, presentations, and classroom activities, as well as individually for one-on-one consultations with the instructor in which they receive feedback on activities and practice with presentations, lectures, and discussions. This course is enrolled by permission of the instructor. 
  • ELSP 530: Laboratory in Professional Communication (2 credits — Spring)
    • This course focuses on improving performance when completing complex, linguistic tasks relevant to the student through group and individual work. Some areas of focus include attending to pronunciation or grammatical errors that are patterned, developing organization and style, presenting arguments and hypotheses to evaluate problems and solutions. This course is enrolled by permission of the instructor. 

Intermediate Writing Track

Writers at this level contain some of the qualities of clear and purposeful academic writing: they address the topic but may slight parts of the task; they can adequately organize and develop their ideas. However, they may possibly exhibit inconsistent facility with syntax and vocabulary. Errors may distract the reader from the message or obscure the meaning. In general, students at this level need direct instruction and consistent writing practice. Courses include:

  • ELSP 510: Fundamentals of Graduate Writing I (3 credits)
  • ELSP 511: Fundamentals of Graduate Writing II (2 credits)

        Advanced/Superior Writing (Elective Courses)

  • ELSP 512: Research Article Writing
    This course focuses on intensive analysis of the principles of research article writing through genre and corpus analysis. Students will have an opportunity to analyze published literature in their own field and then apply conclusions to an original piece of writing. Course content focuses on the central role of rhetorical organization, development of identifying a research gap, construction of logical arguments, data interpretation, as well other important concepts including reader-oriented writing, style, and tone. Some of the sub-genres to be analyzed and practiced include introductions, methods, results, discussions, conclusions, and abstracts. This course is enrolled by permission of the instructor.


Academic Policies

Students who need two ELSP courses in one term will be expected to reduce their discipline-specific loads to accommodate the academic requirements of English support classes. Experience indicates that students who take the time to improve their English skills during their graduate studies are better able to keep up with their program requirements in later years.

Students identified as needing ELSP course work are expected to complete their ELSP course requirements within one year.

Grading Policy

ELSP courses are graded as satisfactory or unsatisfactory and are for credit. Credits are entered on a student's transcript; however, the credits do not count toward degree requirements. Students are expected to complete each course satisfactorily in order to fulfill all ELSP course requirements during their first year at Emory.

Assessment Policy

Please refer to the ELSP Assessment Information Page.