2014 ESSP Comes to a Close
WMU welcomed 41 students into the intensive 3-month English Study Skills Program (ESSP) that began in June. The program’s curriculum is designed to upgrade the English language competences of the participants so they become comfortable and confident in Academic English for their studies at WMU. The ESSP may be taken as a precursor to WMU’s M.Sc. programs, or as a stand-alone course for professionals wishing to improve their academic skills in English.
The core components of ESSP include academic writing skills, speaking and presentation skills and thematic maritime-based skills along with specific features that include academic lectures given by WMU faculty, along with IT, library and research workshops. This year the ESSP represented 14 countries, including Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Oman, Panama, Thailand, Tunisia, and Vietnam.
On 11 September, the 2014 ESSP students completed their studies and at the Closing Ceremony officiated by the ESSP Director, Associate Professor Clive Cole, they were awarded their certificates by the Acting Academic Dean, Associate Professor Patrick Donner. The students showed great appreciation for their lecturers, Ann Pazaver, Inger Battista, Carolyn Wood, and Danita Medina.
Of the 10 students who enrolled only for the ESSP program, eight will now return home and two will remain in Malmö as they are spouses of students in the Class of 2014. The students who will remain for the Malmö M.Sc. program have already joined the orientation week for the Class of 2015 and will begin their M.Sc. studies on Monday.