English Partners in Communication
WELCOME TO EPIC:
ENGLISH PARTNERS IN COMMUNICATION
Thank you for your interest in the EPIC Program. Each spring, EPIC offers six weeks of classes to adult nonnative speakers of English to help them improve their oral communication skills in a goal-driven program.
After three years of virtual-only instruction, in the spring of 2023, EPIC offered a combination of in-person and virtual instruction to reach more people. Our Tuesday evening classes were held in Wells Hall on the Michigan State University campus. To accommodate both local and distant participants, our Thursday evening classes were held virtually on Zoom. EPIC continued to be free of charge in 2023. Please continue to watch this website for information on the format of EPIC in 2024.
Here are some comments from recent participants in EPIC:
“I really appreciate this valuable opportunity to join this joyful journey again! As a second language speaker who didn’t have much chance to practice and was not confident/comfortable to speak in public, EPIC gave me the opportunity to grow, to improve, to practice, and to go beyond. I can definitely feel the difference before and after joining this program every time. One of the amazing things that impressed me the most is, every time the topics are completely different! (except the small talk, which is the key and necessary 😊). The teachers have all been super nice and helpful. The recap session at the end of each class to correct our pronunciation and misuse of words is very helpful…EPIC is an ideal learning opportunity for second language speakers.”Cheng Yu
“This program helped me a lot in acknowledging American culture, and I hope it will help more people in the coming semester. It gives us an occasion where people from different backgrounds respect and talk with each other.”Li Wei
“This is a great program! I love the team.”Jaturong
“Great appreciation for this EPIC program and I really enjoyed it!”Ming
“I think the program is useful and meaningful to me. I can feel my English is better than months before. Especially, I think teachers did really excellent jobs. It was a really happy experience with all participants.”Minho
“Thank you very much for conducting the EPIC program every year. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and I learned a lot from all the instructors and my classmates! I am grateful and truly appreciate the effort that the instructors put towards constructing each and every lesson plan for us. I would like to return next year as well.”Vishaal
Whether in person or virtual, our teachers address important topics such as –
- Appropriate topics for starting a conversation
- Ways to keep a conversation going
- Small talk
- The elevator pitch!
- How to disagree politely and offer a different opinion in a discussion
- Vocabulary and idiomatic expressions for daily English conversation in person or online.
Just a few of the benefits of learning English with EPIC:
- All levels of ability are welcome!
- Experienced teachers and native-speaking conversation partners
- Opportunities for speaking practice.
Snapshots from Virtual EPIC
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE A QUESTION?
Contact Dr. Debra Hardison at email@example.com for more information.
This class created a Word Cloud using some new vocabulary based on the participants’ discussion of the qualities they look for in a friend.
In this session, participants listened as teachers pronounced the past tense of regular English verbs and then determined which column each word belonged in.
In this class, teachers presented some tips and phrases which could be used to ask for and give directions. Participants then watched a video and discussed the answers to the questions on the slide.