English Language Program

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The English Language Program at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School promotes communicative proficiency for both academic achievement and professional success.

This program helps students develop their English communication skills and understanding of American business settings. Classes are interactive, student-driven, adapt to market demands, and emphasize nuances of expression, critical thinking, and intercultural communications skills to serve students in their learning and overall confidence. Classes focus on using spoken and written English for both business and academic purposes.

The English Language Program at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School promotes the value of communicative competence for both academic achievement and professional success. Hear from students discuss their experiences in the program.

Tuition and fees

The English Language Program course fees are included in tuition that full-time students pay each semester. There is no additional fee. 

Graduate Course

Business English for Graduates I, II, III, and IV are available at our Baltimore, Md. and Washington, D.C. campuses. Currently, these courses are only open to students who are admitted to the Carey Business School with an English language requirement.

Conversation and Fluency

One-to-one language tutoring is provided for all Carey students to help them develop their language skills. Please register for an appointment through the Student Success Center.


Academic language workshops offer a targeted focus on a range of themes, from academic reading strategies to business idioms, as well as pronunciation and email etiquette. These workshops are open to all international students at Carey.

Culture  and Conversation

The English Language Program provides weekly opportunity for exchanging cultural experiences, ideas, and questions. Contact CareyEnglish@jhu.edu for more information.


Kelli Rowedder
Kelli Rowedder has an MA in teaching English to speakers of other languages from the Institute of Education, University of London in London, England, with a focus on reading in a second language and academic writing. She also has a BA in English and communications from the University of Delaware. Rowedder has lived and taught English in Cusco, Peru; London, England; and Atlanta, Georgia, and she has travelled to over 30 countries in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. Her teaching interests include academic readings, writing strategies, and using literature and other authentic materials as teaching tools. She believes students need to be comfortable in their environment, feel that the instructor is approachable, and be able to relate to the content being taught.

Albert Shaheen 
Albert Shaheen has an MA in teaching English to speakers of other languages from Saint Michael’s College in Burlington, Vt., where he focused on curriculum development and computer assisted language learning. Shaheen also received a Cambridge Certificate for teaching English to adults qualification in Catania, Italy. He has taught abroad in Casablanca, Morocco and Istanbul, and domestically in New Haven, Conn. Additionally, he is an avid traveler, having visited more than 20 countries around the globe. His teaching interests include oral communication, listening comprehension through authentic media, academic writing and revision, grammar acquisition, and technology as a means of enhancing learning. He believes learners perform best when they are provided a safe place to develop opinions and draw conclusions about materials they find both stimulating and relevant.

Kelly Tracy 
Kelly Tracy has an MA in applied linguistics and teaching English to speakers of other languages from Georgia State University as well as a graduate certificate in college writing instruction from Bowling Green State University. She also has a BA in mass communication from Brenau University. While teaching at universities and language schools in Atlanta, Nashville, and Savannah, Georgia, she has prepared international students to flourish in graduate and undergraduate studies. Her teaching and research interests include academic writing, pronunciation, intercultural communication, and language use in digital spaces. She strives to empower students to reach their goals beyond the classroom through the tool of competent language use. To this end, she fosters an environment in which students can feel comfortable taking the risks necessary for growth.

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