In summer 2015, the GSAS English Language Program (ELP) was offered through the Bok Center for the first time. ELP is designed to give incoming international graduate students an intensive introduction to life at Harvard as they activate their English language skills in preparation for their graduate programs. Pamela Pollock led the ELP and managed an instructor team of three visiting lecturers who taught a total of 32 students in program-wide activities and small group classes. The program incorporates professional communication skills, an introduction to the cultural features of the American classroom, and community-building activities, with the ultimate goal of preparation for success in the Harvard academic and social environment.
A key goal for ELP 2015 was to begin to align the program with the Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars, in order to facilitate a smooth transition for ELP students who need further work on their communication skills, and to make sure that time in ELP is spent on skills and activities that will be most relevant to the communicative tasks of graduate student life.. ELP is designed to orient all international graduate students to professional development opportunities and resources available to them as GSAS students.