English as a Second Language - Fall 2021
Weekly class from November 8 through January 31
English as a Second Language - Fall 2021
*November 8, 2021 - January 31, 2022* (dates have been pushed back)

Learn Conversational English & Practice Presentation Skills


BWH Office for Research Careers (ORC) sponsors the English as a Second Language for Scientists course for:

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


  • Courses will plan to take place virtually through Zoom. If this will present a barrier due to technology needs etc, please describe the problem to us at BWHORC@partners.org and we will do what we can to help.
  • 2 hour, 45 minute class length
  • One class per week either on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening, depending on placement
  • Each semester will be approximately 12 weeks in length
  • Geared to skill level based on previous experience and placement test


  • Enrollment is limited.
  • Each accepted participant will be assessed and placed by the course instructor. These assessments will take place virtually: an online written test and a speaking test via Zoom. Slots for the speaking test will be arranged in early September.
  • Participants are expected to attend all classes. Absences will be recorded and maintained by the ORC. Excessive absences will disqualify an applicant from future enrollment and from receiving a certificate of completion.
  • Anticipated absences should be considered before enrollment and should be reported in advance to the course instructor. Participants should arrange to make up class work with the instructor.
  • Course levels/sections may not be repeated without the approval from ORC.
  • Participants may not switch levels/sections without approval from ORC.
  • Participants are expected to take required proficiency tests as determined by the instructor.
  • Classes may only be attended by those who are approved for enrollment.
  • Every attempt will be made to have an equitable distribution across departments.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETE AND RECEIVED BY THE ORC BY Friday, October 29, 2021 at 5 pm. (deadline extended)

Please direct any questions to: BWHORC@partners.org.

More information available on ORC's website: http://orc.bwh.harvard.edu/education/

Applications accepted from 09/27/2021 8AM to 10/29/2021 11PM.