The ESL Center
At the ESL Center, KSU IEP, undergraduate, and graduate international students can receive tutoring in writing, reading, pronunciation, and public speaking, as well as advising for their general education (core) requirements and mentoring. Appointments are usually, but not always, necessary. The ESL Center has two locations. The ESL Center – Kennesaw Campus is located in Sturgis Library Room 442. Contact (470) 578-6377 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The ESL Center – Marietta Campus is located in Norton Hall, Bldg. R2, Room 164. Contact (470) 578-4915 or email@example.com. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advising for International Students
Academic advising is available at the ESL Center for international students with questions about their general education requirements or for international students who need help registering for classes. For more information, please contact David Schmidt at (470) 578-6377 or email@example.com. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conversation Partners Program
Conversation Partners (CPP) is a FUN, FREE program open to all international and native English-speaking students, faculty, and staff at KSU. At the start of each fall and spring semester, international participants are paired with native English-speaking partners in a mutual exchange of languages, cultures, and friendship. Partners then meet at least six times during the semester at places and times of their choosing. Examples of partner activities include going for a walk, talking over a cup of coffee or lunch, or attending a campus event.
The CPP welcomes hundreds of participants each fall and spring semester, and these participants represent dozens of countries from every region of the world! The CPP is offered on both the Kennesaw campus and the Marietta campus.
The comments below from Chris Beam, a KSU staff member, about her experience in the CPP reflect the experiences of many participants in the program:
"I have truly enjoyed this experience and know that I have made life-long friends. I have recommended this program to others and would recommend it to anyone. The students are very much interested in sharing and learning, and seem very enthusiastic about this program. Thank you for offering this program to the students and staff/faculty at KSU!"
For further information or to join the Conversation Partners Program, contact David Schmidt at (470) 578-6377 or email@example.com. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Tuition waiver credit, offered through Volunteer Kennesaw (VKSU), may be available for CPP international students. Please contact David Schmidt for more information.)
ESL 1105 – Grammar Seminar for International Students
(3 Credit Hours, 3 Class Hours, 0 Laboratory Hours)
This course is an individualized and small group seminar open to all Kennesaw State University students for whom English is a second language. International students will discuss North American English (NAE) grammar and its academic applications, focusing on those features of the language that are most problematic for second language writers and speakers. The development of editing skills is emphasized.
ESL 1106 – Oral Communication for International Students
(3 Credit Hours 3 Class Hours, 0 Laboratory Hours)
This course is open to all Kennesaw State University students for whom English is a second language. The course is designed to assist intermediate to advanced ESL students improve both their conversation and public speaking skills through small group activities and class presentations. Also, pronunciation practice will play an important role throughout the course in helping students become more confident speakers of North American English (NAE).
Meet the Team
David Schmidt has worked in the ESL Program at Kennesaw State University since 2000. David is the Director of the ESL Center (both locations) and a Senior Lecturer of English responsible for coordinating all the activities of the ESL Center as well as the Conversation Partners Program. He also schedules and teaches ESL courses, teaches first-year composition courses for the Department of English, and serves as an English tutor, academic advisor, and mentor for international students. David earned both his B.A. in English and M.A. in Professional Writing (with a concentration in composition and rhetoric) at KSU. Contact David at (470) 578-6377 or email@example.com.
Katherine Taylor has worked at KSU – Marietta Campus since 2003. She has taught Holistic Communication, Written Communication for International Students, and English 1101 and 1102. She is responsible for tutoring, advising, and mentoring international students, and promoting the Conversation Partners Program, at the ESL Center - Marietta Campus. Her academic background includes a B.A. in Education from Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada and a B.A. in French and Psychology from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She earned an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from St. Mary’s University and RSA Certification in TEFL from the University of Cambridge, International House, London, England. Contact Katherine at (470) 578-4915 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brenda Wilson has worked at the ESL Center since 2013. She serves as an English tutor, academic advisor, and mentor for international IEP, undergraduate, and graduate students at the Kennesaw campus. She earned her B.A. in English at the University of Louisville and M.A. in Professional Writing (with a concentration in creative writing) at KSU. She obtained her ESL Endorsement through Cobb County Schools and has taught English and ESL in local school systems. Contact Brenda at (470) 578-4909 or email@example.com.