The ESL Center

NOTICE: During the suspension of face-to-face classes, the faculty and staff at the ESL Center will offer online tutoring to KSU international students Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Please email or for assistance.

ESL studentsAt the ESL Center, KSU IEP, undergraduate, and graduate international students can receive tutoring in writing, grammar, reading, pronunciation, conversation, and public speaking, as well as advising for their general education (core) requirements and mentoring. (We also offer tutoring to international faculty and staff.) 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 The ESL Center – Marietta Campus is located in Norton Hall, Bldg. R2, Room 164. Contact (470) 578-4915 or You can also email


  • At the ESL Center, we offer international students, faculty, and staff in-person and online tutoring in writing, grammar, reading, pronunciation, conversation, and public speaking. For more information about tutoring (in-person or online), please contact David Schmidt at (470) 578-6377 or You can also email

    We also offer academic advising for international students who have questions about their general education requirements or need help registering for classes. And ESL Center faculty and staff often serve as mentors for international students. For more information, please contact David Schmidt at (470) 578-6377 or You can also email

  • 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 are asked to 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 You can also email

  • For further information about these undergraduate ESL courses, please contact contact David Schmidt at (470) 578-6377 or You can also email

    ESL 1105 – Grammar Seminar for International Students
    (3 Credit Hours, 3 Class Hours, 0 Laboratory Hours)
    Prerequisite: None

    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)
    Prerequisites: None

    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).

  • 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, 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

    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

    Melanie Davis has worked at the ESL Center since August 2018. She earned a B.A. in Spanish (with a minor in French) at Covenant College and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics (with a TESOL concentration) at Georgia State University. Before joining the ESL Center staff, she taught at private ESL schools and in KSU's Intensive English Program. Melanie tutors, advises, and mentors KSU international students and assists with the coordination of the Conversation Partners Program. Contact Melanie at 470-578-4909 or