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Ian Nichols personally trained several of the English instructors in Kazakhstan.
April 24, 2019 by Lisa Chang During the spring and summer of 2018, Penn’s English Language Programs designed and delivered an online course titled “English for Journalism” for over 130 journalists in Kazakhstan. The 8-module course, delivered via Canvas, was... more
For the second year in a row, one of the ELP’s MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)— English for Career Development —has been ranked in Coursera’s top ten most popular... more
Philadelphia Celebrates Eagles
Photo credit: @PhillyMayor Students this session had a chance to be a part of Philadelphia history! After 58 years, the local American football team, the Eagles, won the Super Bowl, the sport’s national championship game. Thousands of Philadelphians poured out into the streets to... more
The University of Pennsylvania’s English Language Programs (ELP) has reached over half of a million learners around the world through their Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). MOOCs are free online courses accessible to learners around the world. ELP currently offers six MOOCs through the Coursera... more
ELP instructors are dedicated to helping novice TESOL teachers develop their skills in the classroom. Current instructors Eve Nora Litt, Ian Nichols, Maria Paredes Fernandez, and Amanda Thompson mentor TESOL Master of Science in Education candidates from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate... more
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ELP Manager of Instructional Staff Development John Cotton and LPS Director of Implementation, Assessment, and International Initiatives Amy Nichols developed a presentation entitled “International Graduate Student Orientation: Specific Needs and Successful Approaches.” Nichols delivered the... more
Stakeholder Conference Panel
ELP Director of Programs, Jack Sullivan, recently partook in a panel discussion entitled "Membership Associations: Facing the Future Together" at the 5th Annual EnglishUSA IEP Stakeholders Conference in Washington, DC. The panel discussed how membership associations in the industry are adapting to... more
Moldovan non-profit Academy for Innovation and Change through Education (AICE) launched The English for Media Literacy Project earlier this year. The Project utilizes the English for Media Literacy MOOC to help learners develop a... more
LPS Director of Implementation, Assessment, and International Initiatives, Amy Nichols, was honored to represent the University of Pennsylvania as a judge on China Central Television's (CCTV) Star of Outlook English Language Competition for the second year in a row. Along with representatives from... more
Philadelphia Union Head Coach, Jim Curtin
The Penn English Language Program's collaboration with Major League Soccer team, The Philadelphia Union, was recently highlighted on the Philadelphia news network, 6ABC. The ELP has been collaborating with the Union for the past 3 seasons. ELP language instructors work with team players to focus on... more