English as a Second Language (ESL) Course

Learn Conversational English and Practice Presentation Skills

The Office for Research Careers and the Brigham Research Institute (BRI) are pleased to offer a course on English as a Second Language.  The course is geared toward postdoctoral fellows. Other BWH researchers may apply and will be accepted as space allows.


This course is designed to improve the communication skills of postdoctoral research fellows whose first language is not English and to help integrate them into their English-speaking environment. Class instruction will be highly interactive and conversation-based. Native English-speaking teachers will facilitate conversation and other verbal activities encouraging people of all levels to speak English..  This will also serve as a chance to get detailed and individual feedback on specific grammar and pronunciation issues.  The class will consist of conversation, interactive activities and cultural instruction.  There will be ample opportunity for questions, comments and exchanges with other students.  Class size is limited so that each student is able to speak often and receive significant and useful feedback.


Two or three course levels will be offered, geared toward the majority of the participants, and based upon the results of placement testing.  Courses will be held onsite at BWH, once weekly.  Specific class assignments will be made after placement testing.  There will be a separate opportunity to complete an application EACH semester. Enrollment in this course is limited.  Contact ORC with questions: bwhbri@partners.org.


Applications for the Spring 2018 semester are now open through Feb 19, 2018.

  • BWH Postdoctoral Research Fellows and, as space allows
  • BWH Junior Faculty, Visiting Scientists, Staff Scientists and Research Technicians



Important Milestones/Dates – Spring 2018

Call for applications – January 22, 2018

Application deadline – February 19, 2018

Placement tests – Week of February 26, 2018

Applicant notification – March 7, 2018

Classes start – Week of March 19, 2018

Classes end – Week of June 4, 2018



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