On July 1, 2021, English Language Studies (ELS) will move from Global Languages and become part of the Comparative Media Studies/Writing section of SHASS. The Interim Director of ELS will be CMS/W Lecturer Eric Grunwald.

ELS will continue to offer classes for all MIT students who are non-native users of English and whose primary language of instruction has not been English. The ELS curriculum is designed to foster effective communication in a variety of academic and professional contexts. Any bilingual/ESL undergraduate or graduate student earning a degree at MIT can register for an ELS subject. The full roster of ELS communication courses will remain the same, from public speaking and creative writing, to writing up scientific research. For the 2022 Academic Year, the subjects will be cross-listed in both Global Languages (21G) and CMS/W (21W).

The focus on academic and professional communication makes the ELS program a good companion of for two other CMS/W units: Professional Communication (WRAP) program, and the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication (WRAP) program.

The ELS program will also continue to help facilitate MIT’s communication requirements: the English Diagnostic Review (EDR) as part of the First-year Essay Evaluation (FEE) for bilingual first-year students; and the English Evaluation Test (EET) for bilingual graduate students.