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English for Academic Purposes

The Bloomberg School of Public Health offers extradepartmental assistance that focuses on academic written communication in writing American English. 

This is not a traditional English As A Second Language course and its primary focus is academic writing.  Please note that this class is offered twice—in the Fall and in the Spring.

You may choose to register in either fall or spring. However, in the fall, you must register for both 1st and 2nd terms as the class meets from September to December; in the spring, register in both 3rd and 4th terms as classes meet from January to May.

A grade of Pass/Fail is given at end of the 2nd term for the fall course and 4th term for the spring course. Pass will be assigned to those who 1) were registered in both of the quarters 2) and have met all of the requirements. Those withdrawing during the 1st quarter will receive a W for the 1st quarter and will not be allowed to return to class during the 2nd quarter.

Dates & Times

Online with optional individual conferences via Teams or Zoom if it is possible to reasonably synchronize our meeting time across different time zones.  Online instruction will begin on September 11, 2020.  See Class Syllabus below for specific meeting time details and other relevant course information.

Additional Information

  • Enrollment maximum per class: 15 students    
  • The class is offered free of charge only to enrolled degree-seeking students in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Instructor: Hong-Smith, Vicki (0 units)
  • Please follow the directions in SIS to gain permission to register. Unless there is a hold on your SIS account, you will be given permission if the class enrollment maximum has not been met.
  • Before registering, please take this self-assessment tool to gauge whether this course will meet your academic needs: EAP Tool
  • This course is mainly for students whose first language is not American English and/or whose higher education experience in U.S. institutions is limited.
  • The course includes basic formats and expectations, cultural and linguistic sensitivity, correct source usage to avoid plagiarism, documentation styles and application, global and local writing issues, common grammar issues and other relevant issues in academic communication in English.