Office of English Language Learning
   

    Office of English Language Learning

    The Office of English Language Learning supports international students throughout their academic careers at Washington College, especially during their first semesters as they acculturate to the American system of higher education. While attending classes taught in another language is the most obvious challenge that English language learning students face, the academic environment itself is vastly different from their high schools at home. Students must adjust to a classroom culture that may be quite different from that in which they previously were educated.

    As part of the tradition of a liberal arts education, classrooms at Washington College are sites of dynamic learning and expression. Collaboration and cooperation between students and faculty, both inside and outside the classroom, are highly valued. For some, this educational setting is a dramatic departure from their previous experience.

    In addition to individualized student and faculty support, the Office of English Language Learning offers credit-bearing courses designed to prepare students for Washington College’s academic environment. These courses, housed in the Department of World Languages & Cultures, focus on English language instruction, including first-year composition, as well as explanations of the often unfamiliar academic policies and procedures students encounter. The courses introduce international students to the standards of academic writing and research valued in American institutions of higher education.

     

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    It is the goal of the Office of English Language Learning to support the college’s English-language learning student population throughout their entire academic careers.

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    The Office of English Language Learning hires students from around the world to work on video- and web-based projects.

    Meet the staff of the Office of English Language Learning

    Articles published by and about the staff and student workers in the Office of English Language Learning.

    OELL Stories

    Effective with the academic year 2016-2017, students starting their academic careers at Washington College may be required to take two courses designed to assist them adapt to both American academic standards and academic English itself.

    Assessment & Course Requirements

    In addition to individualized student and faculty support, the Office of English Language Learning offers credit courses designed to prepare students for Washington College’s academic environment.

    Courses Offered

    Washington College proudly hosted the 2015 Maryland TESOL conference. This annual conference attracts professionals in the field of English Language Learning from across the state, as well as from Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

    Learn more about MDTESOL 2015

    Developed and written by English language learners for other English language learners. Students in ELL 101 publish a newsletter, entitled Global Voices, two times per semester. They work together on this whole-class activity to create the publication, including the design (layout and color palette) and content (text and photographs).

    Read the latest edition of Global Voices

    Students working in the Office of English Language Learning developed a series of videos to help new students understand Washington College and the academic way of life they will experience here.

    Watch the videos

    Need help with a composition or research assignment? Need a travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019? Schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Hepler!

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