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Advanced English Language Skills for Non-Native Speakers of English

VPFDD is offering an advanced course in writing and presentation skills for faculty who are non-native speakers of English.  

The aim is to provide an opportunity to hone skills that are already advanced and get the participants to next level of mastery of English nuance, and writing in various genres with ease.   The course is limited to faculty members.  The course entails a weekly group instruction and indivdiualized tutorials with the instructor, typically during the academic quarter (6-8 weeks).  The course is organized for a small number of faculty participants.  Participants attend a weekly group meeting in addition to individual sessions with Phil Hubbard, Senior Lecturer in the Language Center.

The course is offered in Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters for 6 to 8 weeks each term. 

The focus is the participant's specific needs, the use of English in everyday academic life (nuance, tone and style) in both written and verbal communication as well as formal writing and presentation to expert and interdisciplinary audiences. 

Faculty have benefitted from customized, one-on-one coaching sessions that advance their effectiveness in producing papers and proposals, participation in seminar discussions, public speaking, and even writing emails!

Sign-up is done a quarterly basis.  The course runs for 6 weeks in each of the academic quarters. There is no requirement to participate in all 3 quarters. 

Here's what past participants said about it:

  • " I liked the individual sessions and the presentations.  I found the individual sessions particularly helpful because it was targeted towards my manuscript and grant. We worked on my writing style, gaps in the grant etc."
  • "I appreciate your providing this opportunity to the faculty.  Very rarely, our mentors have the time to help with the writing techniques. While there are content experts and very few faculty in SOM that assist with language editing etc."
  • "This program is fantastic in that it fills that gap and also helps bring the SOM/University faculty together."

If interested, contact Susan Drange (  Associate Vice Provost and Director of Programs, Faculty Development and Diversity.

The course is developed and taught by Phil Hubbard, Senior Lecturer, Linguistics and Language Center.