Learn Conversational English and Practice Presentation Skills

Our Fall Application is Now Closed

The CFDD and the Brigham Research Institute (BRI) are pleased to offer English as a Second Language. This course is designed to improve the verbal communication skills of postdoctoral research fellows whose first language is not English and to help integrate them into their English-speaking environment. Other BWH researchers may apply and will be accepted as space allows.

Class instruction is highly interactive and conversation-based. Native English-speaking teachers facilitate conversation and other verbal activities encouraging people of all levels to speak English. Students have the opportunity to practice professional dialogues by creating short presentations on topics of their choice. Class size is limited so that each student has the opportunity to speak often and receive individual and specific feedback on grammar and pronunciation.  The class consists of conversation, interactive activities and cultural instruction. There is ample opportunity for questions, comments and exchanges with other students.

Two or three course levels are offered, geared toward the majority of the participants and based upon the results of placement testing. Courses are held onsite at BWH, once weekly.  Specific class assignments are made after placement testing. A separate ‘Call for Applications’ is issued each semester. Enrollment in this course is limited. Please contact CFDD ORC (617.525.7646) with inquiries. 

ESL Dates

Important Milestones Fall 2017 Dates
Application Deadline Friday, July 28th, 2017
Placement tests Week of August 7, 2017
Applicant notification Week of August 21, 2017
Classes start Week of September 5, 2017
Classes end Week of December 4, 2017

Exploring English: Shakespeare (free online course from the British Council)


Additional Resources

Improve your English language skills by looking at the life and works of William Shakespeare and his enduring popularity.

A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English for University Study (free online course from the University of Reading)
This course will provide you with a brief introduction to academic writing, enabling you to gain an awareness and understanding of some key features of this kind of writing.

English League’s Language Lab

ESL Practice Meetups in Boston 

Other ESL Schools and Providers (from Partners Human Resources)