English Language Learning (ELL) supports multilingual international students in developing their English language skills and navigating academic and cultural contexts at Emerson and beyond. We celebrate our global and multilingual community while helping students hone their communication skills for academic, professional, and personal success and growth. ELL provides language assessments, courses, and programming for students, as well as training for faculty and staff in supporting international students. 

English Proficiency Assessment

All students without an ELL waiver (see admissions criteria here) complete an English Proficiency Assessment. The purpose of this assessment is to identify and advance specific English skills critical to success at Emerson and beyond. Students will receive an invitation to complete the assessment remotely via Canvas before they begin their first semester of coursework. Students are strongly recommended to complete the assessment as early as possible, as the detailed feedback received upon completion is relevant to advising meetings and course selection. The English Proficiency Assessment provides ELL course placements and recommendations and helps identify which specific courses will most benefit each individual. 

ELL Courses

ELL courses offer a great opportunity for students to develop English skills and confidence. All courses are free, open to currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students, and offered through the department of Communication Studies. 

Talk to your advisor or contact the Director of ELL learning at Emerson, Amy Rinaldo (amy_rinaldo [at] emerson.edu (amy_rinaldo[at]emerson[dot]edu)) for more information or to enroll.

CC 329/610: ELL Seminar in Pronunciation, Basic Public Speaking, and American Culture

Students develop, learn and practice correct American English pronunciation skills while learning basic presentation techniques and American culture.

CC 327/613: Seminar in Leadership and Business English 

Students learn and practice advanced business and academic language skills most commonly used in the United States. Emphasis is on improving presentation and discussion facilitation skills.

CC 328/611: ELL Global Dialogues

Students develop confidence in public speaking through leading class dialogues on current events, conducting a speech, and working in groups to create broadcast news stories. The class will offer practical and theoretical approaches to evaluate and improve English language use.

CC 325/614: ELL Writing Workshop

Students will explore a variety of writing strategies to improve writing ability in English. Students will engage in regular writing to practice applying individualized strategies to their work and will have the opportunity to select writing tasks from relevant courses for critical analysis and practice. 

CC 326/612: Academic Writing for International Students: Exploration of Academic Writing

Students master the structure, organization, and goals of academic English writing assignments. Through two main writing projects students concentrate on creating outlines, drafting, use and citation of sources, peer review, and revision.

Language and Culture Exploration

English Language Learning and the Office of International Student Affairs coordinate many opportunities for international students to explore language, culture, and our Boston surroundings. Our “Coffee & Conversations” are social get-togethers to enjoy drinks and snacks, meet fellow students, hear from guest speakers, and engage in English language discussion around special topics. Language Workshops provide targeted support for select academic and professional communication skills. Topics include professional writing, vocabulary, grammar, and more. Check the EmConnect website, the weekly OISA Events email, and @emersonoisa on Instagram for upcoming events.

ELL Office Hours

Students with questions about language, communication, and academic or cultural adjustment can arrange one-on-one ELL consultations with ELL Associate Director Amy Rinaldo. Visit Calendly or email amy_rinaldo [at] emerson.edu (amy_rinaldo[at]emerson[dot]edu) to schedule a time to meet virtually. In-person office hours can be arranged upon request. 

Resources for Faculty & Staff

Questions about supporting international students at Emerson? ELL Associate Director Amy Rinaldo is available for one-on-one consultations and group training. Visit Calendly or email amy_rinaldo [at] emerson.edu (amy_rinaldo[at]emerson[dot]edu) to schedule a time to meet virtually. In-person office hours can be arranged upon request.