English as a Second Language

According to the 2010 and 2011 postdoc survey results:
  • International postdocs listed language as a MAJOR barrier encountered when transitioning to the US. 
  • Nearly 80% of International Postdocs (or 40% of our entire postdoctoral population) speak English as a second language.
  • Nearly half of those individuals have indicated that they believe they would benefit from additional language courses.

Resources for Learning English

Presentation Skills for Non-native Speakers
This is a great guide to help non-english speakers take advantage of scientific presentations to share their findings with their colleagues. The article makes recommendations such as using how to use your slides for visual support and what to do if you can't remember a specific word while actually presenting.

JHMI Based Resources


Skill Enhancement Program
The next session of classes will begin Tuesday , February 10 and will end on April 30. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday. The times are from 5:00 to 7:00pm in the Phipps Building, on the 3rd floor, in room 362. Anyone interested may e-mail James Silvo at jsivo1@jhmi.edu or call Barbara Edwards at 410-614-0273.

Center for Language Education
Offering ESL courses in the fall and spring semesters for a fee of $795. These classes are offered in the evenings on the Homewood campus (accessible by the JHMI-Homewood shuttle service).


Community Based Resources


Baltimore City Community College
Offering FREE ESL courses at their downtown campus every term. The classes are accessible through the Charm City Circulator (green line) which has stops at JHMI.

Greater Homewood Community Corp.
Offering FREE ESL (Beginners and Intermediate) courses beginning the week of January 17th at 3501 N. Charles Street
This location is easily accessible from the JHMI/Homewood shuttle and are offered from 6-9pm 2 nights a week

Baltimore Reads
A non-profit group offering FREE ESL programs around the city. The typical curriculum starts with beginner skills and over 12 weeks will progress through intermediate level classes. Locations near the medical campus include: the patterson park library, the inner harbor (accessible by the Charm City Circulator) and 430 S Broadway (a few blocks south of campus).

Esperanza Center
For $20, students have unlimited access to ESL training and practice for 12 weeks. Their center is located a few blocks south of the Medical campus (403 S Broadway) with times available to fit almost any schedule. This training is mostly conversational and is usually 1 on 1 or 1 on 2 to allow the student to best fit the time to their skill level. While the center has a lot of clientele from the hispanic population, they help foreign citizens from all regions of the world.
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