Seminar to focus on international students' choice of English courses

Every semester the Division of Undergraduate Studies invites the Penn State community to hour-long presentations featuring academic advising topics. These sessions provide opportunities for professional development, networking and advising discussions. This month’s discussion focuses on ways in which advisers can effectively guide international students as they choose between English 015 and English as a Second Language 015 courses. Details are available below and also appear at

This month's discussion, "Curricular Differences: ENGL 015 and ESL 015," will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 21, in 102 Weaver Building, on the University Park campus.

As members of the academic advising community work with students from different countries to select English (ENGL) 015 or English as a Second Language (ESL) 015, broadening our understanding of the curricular aspects of each can help to ensure advising discussions with students are productive and meaningful.

The session will address:

  • the curricular features of the two courses (what is similar, what is different)
  • the types of assignments students typically complete in each
  • tips to help students determine which course may be more appropriate to schedule

Guest presenters will be Deryn Verity, director of ESL/EAP Programs (English as a Second Language/English for Academic Purposes) for the College of the Liberal Arts, and Erica Fleming, lecturer in English for the College of the Liberal Arts.

Registration for on-site participation is limited to 30. Participants can sign up at and may bring lunch to eat.

To join this presentation via AdobeConnect, log in a few minutes before noon at

Contact Irma Giannetti at 814-865-7576 or for additional seminar details. 

The Division of Undergraduate Studies, a unit within the Office of Undergraduate Education, is Penn State’s largest unit of enrollment for first-year students and additionally leads the development of advising policies and practices, manages the University-wide academic information network and provides general academic advising for current and prospective Penn State students.


Last Updated May 12, 2016