ELP Summer Academic Language Program

Yale Summer Academic Language Program              

Advanced language proficiency is not easy to come by, but is essential for success at Yale. It is a prerequisite for being given a Teaching Fellowship (usually beginning in the second year). It is also an essential part of being an active scholar and researcher in one’s field, and for being successful in the job market upon graduation. It also takes time; our program is designed to give students an early start on this process.

The Yale Summer Academic Language Program has been specially designed to help incoming PhD students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The program seeks to prepare incoming students for life in the US, New Haven, and Yale. The program is an intensive one, with a wide range of online activities, including classes, conversation sessions with senior graduate students, and directed self-study modules.  


Students will be oriented to life at Yale through language classes (Speaking/Listening, Reading/Writing/Vocabulary, and Pronunciation), daily conversation sessions, presentations, and discussions. Students will have many opportunities to speak in small classes and conversation groups, with topics ranging from practical necessities to cultural issues. During the program, students will also be introduced to Carnegie Speech, pronunciation software designed to assess students’ specific pronunciation difficulties and provide opportunities for correction and practice. 

Due to safety measures undertaken by the University in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, our summer program will be moved entirely online. While this will prevent face-to-face interaction and participation in outdoor activities, our highly-trained faculty will ensure the program continues to be as intense, enjoyable, as immersive as possible. While an online environment brings certain limitations, it also brings certain advantages; among other benefits, it will enable us to offer instruction tailored even more closely to individual needs. Courses will be offered at convenient times to accommodate students schedules and time zone. As in previous years, students will have a chance to work closely with their peers, senior graduate students and faculty.

For more information, contact James Tierney.