International graduate students: Improve your spoken English skills, understanding of U.S. culture

Educational Services for Students (ESS) and the Spoken English Programs will offer a six-week “Culture and Communication” Spoken English Seminar for new graduate and professional international students.

The seminar will help students gain a deeper understanding of U.S. culture, while improving spoken English skills.

During this seminar, students will participate in thoughtful discussions and authentic situations with ESS staff and campus guests for confidently communicating in English. Seminar enrollment will be kept small enough for ample time to practice spoken English.

Topics will include:

  • Idiomatic language;
  • Restaurant/food culture;
  • Humor/jokes;
  • Academic culture/networking
  • U.S. history;
  • Academic resources; and
  • Social interactions.

“This seminar taught me a lot about American culture and the various social problems in the U.S.,” one Case Western Reserve University student said. “I now feel more confident interacting with people outside of my normal social circle.”

The seminar will be held Sept. 8–Oct. 13.

Email SELP at to register.

Learn more about Spoken English Programs at