English as a Second Language

The ESL @ WPI Program offers English language courses to help students, scholars and their partners brush up on and learn English for academic and non-academic purposes. The aim of the program is to assist students in developing their communicative abilities and skills to the point of proficiency through various courses offered throughout the year.

English for International Teaching Assistants is designed to help international teaching assistants learn and practice speaking ESL, paying special attention to the vocabulary of their majors while presenting information, learning classroom management practices and understanding the academic culture and behavior in the U.S.

ESL Seminar is a tutorial offering on-going support to address the linguistic needs of students and scholars in the major skills areas, along with practice giving oral presentations and studying aspects of U.S. culture and history. The course also includes field trips to museums, concerts and other cultural activities.

ESL for Spouses teaches the legal partners of students and scholars the English language needed to establish themselves and meet their needs in U.S. culture. Course focuses on listening and speaking and vocabulary development. The course also includes field trips to museums, concerts and other cultural activities.

ESL Summer Institute I is an intensive, five-week summer program designed for (but not limited to) conditionally admitted international students planning to study engineering, technology and science at U.S. colleges and universities. Classroom instruction integrates reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and pays special attention to the use of spoken English in a technological academic setting.

English Summer Institute II is an intensive, 3-week summer program designed for international students interested in getting a head start in engineering, technology and science curriculums.

In addition the ESL @ WPI Program offers oral proficiency testing in English for international teaching assistants and other WPI students and scholars who may require it and time permitting, international students might also find resources for help with writing (IQP/MQP Reports, Thesis and Dissertations).