English as a Second Language Writing Seminar Series

The MassBioEd Foundation is launching a new six-week course that will provide practice and improve the written and oral communications skills of scientists for whom English is not their native language. The course will utilize experiential teaching techniques, class participation, and real life examples to maximize learning of effective participation and presentation strategies in group and company meetings, the organization of material for written reports, including detailed laboratory notebooks, and the technical points of grammar and writing to support successful communication.

General Course:  Andrea Gwosdow, Ph.D. and Betty Stone, MAT will work together to design a customized hands-on course to meet the needs of the students, as indicated by the needs assessment, student skills and individual professional goals, and company professional goals. The course will focus on presenting logical, complete and cohesive introductions of self and one’s work; writing clear detailed laboratory notebooks; explaining one’s work via a clear formatted abstract; and actively participating in 1:1 and small group meetings and formal presentations.  Andrea Gwosdow, Ph.D. will be responsible for the written skills and Betty Stone, MAT will be responsible for the oral skills portions of the course.

Weekly Meetings: The course will meet weekly for 2 hours. Each session will contain approximately one hour of oral skills and one hour of writing skills. The weekly sessions will consist of some lecture and discussion followed by active writing and oral sessions for all participants.

Homework: Homework will be used as an extension of the course to provide students with additional practice in the skills presented in class.

Email: To provide additional practice in written skills, each student will email with one of the course leaders twice a week and receive feedback on their written skills.

Preliminary Course Work: Students will be asked to complete a needs assessment survey prior to the first class, so that instructors may tailor the course accordingly. 

Instructors:  Andrea Gwosdow, Ph.D

Betty Stone, MAT
Dynamic and energetic educator with years of experience living, working, and studying abroad combined with a 32-year career of serving students from a wide variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Over 30 years of measurable achievements developing and implementing creative high quality programming, facilitating self-reflective professional development and practice, planning and coordinating initiatives, and supporting students and staff.  Proven qualifications in general and cross-cultural communication, project management, and event coordination. Consistently recognized for delivering continued quality service and improved performance.


  • $1,600 for MassBio Members
  • $1,750 for Non-Members
  • $1,450 for Non-Profits


September 9 - October 21, 2013 (no class on Columbus Day)
Monday evenings, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Corporate Professional Development


MassBio Offices
300 Tech Square, 8th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139

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