This program is designed to help you:
- improve your ability to use English accurately in speaking and writing,
- develop the skills of communicating in culturally appropriate ways,
- prepare for study or work in the U.S.,
- develop the language skills required to achieve your professional, academic, and personal goals in your field,
- practice reading, note-taking, and listening to lectures and presentations, and
- use English in daily communication with your instructors, peers, and others.
Participants receive a minimum of eighteen hours of classroom instruction each week. Instruction emphasizes speaking, reading, writing, listening, and grammar skills. Most classes meet from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Class size is limited to enhance language learning, and instructors provide personal attention and encouragement throughout.
A variety of teaching methods and materials are used to provide a high-quality learning experience in English as it is used in academic and daily life. Instruction is offered at all levels, from low intermediate through very high advanced. Intermediate levels focus on guided practice in speaking and writing. Advanced levels include a content focus on contemporary issues and practice in the advanced communication skills necessary for success in academic and professional pursuits in the United States.
As an EISS participant, you will be enrolled in the non-credit course "UNIV 3032: English for International Students and Scholars," which is graded pass/fail and will appear on your official Cornell University transcript.
Participants who attend classes regularly and successfully complete the coursework also are awarded a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.
English Language Support Office (ELSO)
The mission of the English Language Support Office (ELSO) is to offer writing and speaking support to international graduate and professional students. ELSO strives to meet the needs of students in diverse programs, from diverse linguistic backgrounds, and at diverse points in their graduate careers.
Visit the ELSO office in 260 Caldwell Hall to learn more about ELSO tutoring services, fall/spring classes, and other options.