English Language Instruction for Staff

Instruction

English instruction is free to Merit and Professional and Scientific employees. The goals of the instruction are to help employees communicate more effectively on their jobs, to facilitate cultural awareness and to offer them training that may be necessary for their professional advancement.

Trained Instructors

Two professionally-trained English as a Second Language instructors teach employees one-on-one, in small groups, or in larger classes. These instructors have years of experience helping people improve their basic workplace English, pronunciation, conversation, grammar, professional writing, presentation skills, and more.

Individual and Small-Group Tutoring

Instructors are available to meet with employees one-on-one or in small groups. Teachers can work with employees for a short time to practice a presentation for a conference, edit a paper, or learn new vocabulary. Instructors can also work with an employee for an extended time to try to improve the employee's overall English ability. For tutoring, most employees choose to meet one or two times a week for an hour on their own time (during lunch breaks, before or after work). Employees may request English tutoring for themselves or their supervisors may request it for them. Employees must discuss with their supervisors whether they can meet during work hours. For more information or to request English instruction, please contact Staff Language and Culture Services to make an appointment. During this appointment, the instructor and the employee (and supervisor, if applicable) will discuss the employee's language background and needs.

Topic Specific English Classes

Staff Language and Culture Services offers work specific English or Spanish classes. If you would like to request a class or arrange for a class to be taught by one of our instructors, please contact Staff Language and Culture Services about your needs.

English Conversation Group

Staff Language and Culture Services hosts two English Conversation Groups: 

  • One is held every Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the Pomerantz Family Pavilion (PFP), Melrose Conference Center, Room 6 (5th Floor, Elevator L).
  • The other is held on Wednesday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in 2114 Med Labs.

Anyone wishing to practice speaking English in a small group may attend. You do not have to contact Staff Language and Culture Services in advance.

The goal of the conversation group is to provide employees, especially research staff, with a regular opportunity to speak in English with native speakers. Topics of conversation vary. We are open to suggestions of topics attendees would like to discuss or avoid. Support for vocabulary acquisition, pronunciation, and listening comprehension skills is provided.

The Melrose Conference Rooms are on the fifth floor of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion. They are located near Elevator L, but are not within the Melrose Dining Room. Med Labs is near Medical Education Research Facility.  To find the location of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion, please visit the map.

English Listening and Speaking Class

Staff Language and Culture Services offers a Listening and Speaking class. Participants often listen to passages and respond, as well as practice specific grammar and pronunciation skills. Participants must be at an Intermediate to High level of English to attend this class. A textbook, which can be ordered online, is required for this class. Contact Corinne Stanley for more details. 

  • Mondays: 11:30 am - 12:20 pm, Classroom 1100 | University Capitol Centre (UCC)