Amy Nichols authored a new book chapter entitled "How Would a Business Professor Teach Advanced Discussion Skills?" Ms. Nichols chapter will be published in the upcoming book Language Teaching Insights: Psychology, Business, Brain Science, and More!
Erick Hyde will teach a new Coursera course on Applying to U.S. Universities beginning March 16, 2014. The 4-week course will help students understand how the U.S. university application and admission process works for international students applying to undergraduate programs.

Coursera is a leading provider of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Coursera aims to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Penn ELP is delighted to partner with Coursera in this effort.

Congratulations to Sarah Grosik, Sheila Mayne, Ian Nichols, and Mariel Ridley who were accepted to present at the upcoming TESOL Conference 2014 in Portland, Oregon, and to Elizabeth Gillstrom who will present a workshop in the Electronic Village at the same venue.

Jack Sullivan was recently elected Vice President-Elect for Advocacy for English USA. Mr. Sullivan also serves on the TESOL International Association’s Standards Standing Committee and is a site reviewer for the Commission for English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).
Katie Ryan coordinated ELP’s second annual custom Study Abroad Program for Prospective Toyota Employees. The program facilitated the team of eleven Japanese engineers in building a solid English foundation, exploring current business themes, and developing professional communication skills for the global business environment.
Elizabeth Gillstrom hosted a group of International Teaching Assistants (ITA) professionals for the annual Mid-Atlantic International Teaching Assistants meeting (MAITA). ITA directors and instructors from universities within the region gathered at ELP to discuss key issues and share best practices.
Shandra Banutu-Gomez and her husband established the Banutu Business College in The Gambia, West Africa. Banutu-Gomez and her husband aim to provide affordable, quality education for Gambians within their own country. The college offers a range of business education courses and degrees, as well as an array of scholarships for underprivileged students.
Erick Hyde and Leah Greenspoon have designed and are rolling out a new University Connection series this Fall. The series includes information sessions, interactive workshops, and in-person and video conferences with university representatives from various universities across the country.
Katie Lozier presented on "Saudi Scholarship Students in the US: Cultural Perspectives & Personal Narratives" at the NAFSA Region VIII Conference and the NAFSA Annual Conference.
Susan Caesar became a site reviewer for the Commission for English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). CEA is the national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions, as recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
Sheila Mayne was a guest professor for Korea University's International Summer Institute 2013 in Seoul, South Korea.  She taught Composition and Presentation Skills to a diverse group of international students.