Language Studies Program

Welcome
Language Requirements
Registration
Johns Hopkins SAIS DC
SAIS Europe
Placement & Proficiency Exams
Johns Hopkins SAIS DC
SAIS Europe
Language & Technology
Johns Hopkins SAIS DC
SAIS Europe
Writing Help
SAIS DC
SAIS Europe
Languages Offered
Contact Information

Welcome to Johns Hopkins SAIS

The Language Studies Program offers classes that assist students in successfully meeting the Johns Hopkins SAIS language graduation requirements. In addition, language classes offer a great opportunity to develop vocabulary and communication skills that are relevant to students’ academic studies and career goals. Please check the section on language requirements to see whether your academic concentration requires a specific language.

We encourage you to join the Language Studies Program. In doing so, you will find that language learning at the school is a unique experience. You will benefit from:

  • Small classes with individualized attention
  • Professional, experienced language instructors
  • Content integrated to your academic studies
  • A deeper understanding of the culture of your language of interest
  • Adequate preparation for the school's language proficiency exams

You have several languages to choose from in our campuses. We welcome you to explore our courses.

 

 

Marco A. Campos, PhD
Director
Language Studies Program
SAIS DC

Sara Gelmetti
Director
Language Studies Program
SAIS Europe

 

Language Requirements

Students must be able to show language proficiency in a second language as part of their graduation requirements. For this reason, all MA students must take and pass examinations in one of the languages taught at the school. The language of examination cannot be the students’ native language. MA students who are not US citizens and whose native language is not English can take the English proficiency exam to meet this requirement. All other MA students may use any of the other languages taught at the school to complete this requirement. PhD candidates are only required to take the Reading component of the language proficiency exams for the second foreign language requirement.

In addition, all non-native speakers of English are required to take an English exam upon arrival. Students may be requested to take English classes based on their performance in the test. For more info, please refer to the campus-specific English Program section.

The following chart indicates the languages students may use to satisfy language requirements with respect to particular concentrations:

 

 

JOHNS HOPKINS SAIS CONCENTRATION REQUIRED LANGUAGE
African Studies Arabic, French, Portuguese
China Studies Chinese
European and Eurasian Studies English, French, German, Italian , Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian (for Russia & Eurasia track)
Japan and Korea Studies Japanese, Korean
Middle East Studies Arabic, BME /ER tracks can also use: Farsi, Hindi-Urdu
South Asian Studies Hindi-Urdu, Farsi
Southeast Asian Studies Indonesian, Thai, or Vietnamese
Western Hemisphere
French (for Canadian Studies only), Portuguese, or Spanish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Students specializing in the following programs may choose any language offered in either of the campuses to satisfy the proficiency requirement:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- American Foreign Policy
- IR/Conflict Management
- IR/Energy, Resources and Environment
- IR/Global Theory and History

 

- IR/ International Law & Organizations
- IR/General
- International Development
- IR/Strategic Studies

 

Registration

All students interested in joining the language program need to register for a language course. Students with a previous background in the language they intend to study must take a placement test. For more info and registration guidelines, please refer to the campus-specific registration section. SAIS Europe students coming to Johns Hopkins SAIS DC need to contact the specific language coordinator at the DC campus prior to registering for classes. 


All Non-US students whose native language is not English should make sure that they have completed their English requirements before starting classes in another language. This may include an English placement / proficiency exam. This exam is in addition to any other English exam you may have taken as part of your admission requirements. For more information, please refer to the campus-specific English Program section.

Registration (Johns Hopkins SAIS DC)

Steps to join the Language Program:

STEP 1: Attend the Language Studies Orientation Session.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet our language faculty and shop for language courses. Our Language Program Coordinators will be here to answer any specific question you may have about the language program (e.g., placement/proficiency exams).

STEP 2: Take the language placement test.

You need to take a language placement exam if:

 

 

(a)   You are a new student with background in a language for which you intend to enroll
(b)   You are a new student who wants to take the language proficiency exams
(c)   You want to take the proficiency exams, but have not completed the fourth semester/level of language instruction at the school.
(d)   You are an international student whose native language is not English and who must take the English placement exam.

 

 

Registration (SAIS Europe)

Steps to join the Language Program:

STEP 1: Attend the Language Session during Orientation Week and consult with our language faculty members, who will be available for academic advising during the two weeks prior to the Fall semester registration deadline.

STEP 2: Complete the online preliminary registration

STEP 3: Take the online language placement test. You need to take the placement test if:
           

(a)   You are a new student with background in a language for which you intend to enroll
(b)   You are a new student who wants to take the language proficiency exams
(c)   You want to take the proficiency exams, but have not completed level 4 of language instruction at the school.

Placement & Proficiency Exams

Placement Tests
Placement exams are offered every semester before the beginning of language classes. Students are required to take a placement test for the following purposes:

  • To join the language program (if they have background in the language they intend to study)
  • To take the proficiency exams (if they want to take the proficiency exams without having taken language classes at Johns Hopkins SAIS)

Please click on the campus tab where you study to see dates and other specific information.

Proficiency Exams
Students are eligible to take a proficiency exam if they have completed the fourth semester of language instruction at the school. If they intend to test out and not do language classes, they need to take the placement test first and place at a level equivalent to having completed our fourth semester of language instruction.

Students meet language graduation requirements by obtaining at least the following marks in the language they choose to be tested:

 

 

 

Language  Listening Speaking Reading Writing
Arabic Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid  
Chinese Intermediate Low Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid  
English Superior Advanced     High Superior Superior
French Intermediate High Intermediate High Intermediate High Intermediate Mid
German Intermediate High Intermediate High Intermediate High Intermediate Mid
Hindi-Urdu Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid  
Indonesian Intermediate High Intermediate High Intermediate High  
Italian Intermediate High Intermediate High Intermediate High Intermediate Mid
Japanese Intermediate Low Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid  
Korean Intermediate Low Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid  
Persian (Farsi) Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid  
Portuguese Intermediate High Intermediate High Intermediate High Intermediate Mid
Russian Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid  
Spanish Intermediate High Intermediate High Intermediate High Intermediate Mid
Thai Intermediate High Intermediate High Intermediate High  
Vietnamese Intermediate High Intermediate High Intermediate High  

 

 

Placement Exams
Placement exams are offered every semester the week before the beginning of language classes. Most of our languages require a written test and an oral interview. Please check the page of the language you intend to take for specific information, and contact the language coordinator prior to taking the placement tests.

Proficiency Exams
Proficiency exams are offered the first week of September, and the week before reading period in the Fall and Spring terms.

Placement Tests

  • Placement tests are offered at the beginning of every semester.
  • Placement tests consist of an online component (listening, reading, writing) and an in-person oral interview.
  • Exact dates of the placement tests are listed on the academic calendar
     

Proficiency Exams

Proficiency exams are offered three times a year, usually in September, January and May (please refer to the current acade​mic calendar for exact dates).

To be eligible to take the Proficiency Exams in all foreign languages, students should either:

  • successfully complete level 4 of language instruction at SAIS Europe
  • successfully complete level 4 of the online placement test

Students who pass the proficiency exam with the minimum required level are strongly encouraged to refine and perfect their language skills by enrolling in our more advanced level courses (level 5).

 

Language & Technology

The school has a wide range of technology tools to enrich the students’ learning experience. Please click the tab for your campus to find out what resources you have available for your language.

The Language Technology Center (Johns Hopkins SAIS DC)


The Language Technology Center (LTC) is a digital language center designed to meet the needs of the school's language students enrolled in language courses offered by the Language Studies Program (LSP). The LTC also responds to the instructional technology needs of language faculty and teaching assistants, by promoting and facilitating the meaningful use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning of foreign languages taught in the LSP.

Located on the third floor of the Rome building, the LTC has a technology infrastructure comprising 13 PC work-stations - 9 stations for self-study and 4 stations for collaborative learning -, 1 Mac work-station, AV equipment, a multi-functional printer connected to all work-stations, and a Smartboard®. The LTC is also equipped with digital resources and distance language learning solutions. Our language software - accessible online and from any mobile device - includes curriculum-integrated solutions, supplemental resource solutions, and independent self-study solutions.

The LTC Assistants are on duty from 9:00AM to 3:00PM on a week-daily basis.

 


Mission

The Language Technology Center (LTC) is an integral part of the Language Studies Program. Its goal is to provide support to both language teaching and learning, by focusing on best practices for foreign language instruction and offering additional ways for students to increase their language proficiency.

Aims
The LTC seeks to improve language learning and instruction by implementing emerging instructional technologies, in accordance with the aims of the school.
In particular, the LTC aims to:


Services

For students
The LTC is open to all students, language faculty, and language teaching assistants, although priority is given to students conducting language-related work.

For Faculty
The LTC is also at the service of language faculty who plan to integrate technology into their teaching practice. Instructional technology workshops for faculty – both in the form of small group workshop sessions and personalized one-to-one training and consulting - are offered during the academic year to quickly enable faculty and teaching assistants to use technology to enhance their language classes. Workshops focus on effective use of technology to achieve highest impact on student learning, and content is designed to be accessible also online, if faculty have teaching commitments during the scheduled workshop.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Additional Service for Language Students?
The LTC offers distance mobile learning solutions for students enrolled in language classes, based on the recommendation of each language coordinator. In addition, language students may want to use on-site tools to conduct language homework assigned by their instructor, and/or develop language skills by using the online resources.

What Language Material can I Find?
Foreign language materials are also available on loan to all students: language books, e-books, CDs and DVDs, mp3, video files.

Language methodology books on effective instruction and assessment strategies for teaching foreign languages are available for loan to all language faculty.

How Long Should I Spend in the LTC for Language Learning?
Great emphasis is placed on oral and aural skills and students are expected to make full use of the LTC facilities - either on site or online. The amount of time that should be spent depends to a large extent on the degree of preparedness and aptitude of the individual students. Students should consult their language instructors and/or their language program coordinator on this subject.


Location and Hours of Operation

Front Desk
Rome Building
Suite R-328a

LTC Independent Study Room
Rome Building
Suite R-304

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 10:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
The LTC Assistant on duty will be happy to help you at the front desk from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.



Contact



The LTC Team

Senior Foreign Language Instructional Technology Specialist: 
Daria Mizza, PhD, R-328
Email: 
dmizza1@jhu.edu
Phone: 202-663-5787

Click here for Faculty Directory - Daria Mizza

Language Technology Center Assistants: 
Front Desk, R-328a
Email: SaisLTC@jhu.edu
Phone: 202-663-5787

 

 

 

 

Language Technology Resources

The Language Program provides a wide array of language learning resources to meet the needs of the school's students enrolled in language courses and to respond to the instructional technology needs of the faculty.

Its goal is to foster language teaching and learning by focusing on best practices for foreign language instruction and offering additional ways for students to increase their language skills.

For students
Four computer stations are equipped with keyboards in the different languages taught at the center (Arabic, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish) and provide language software such as Tell Me More or Easy Learning for every language offered at the center.

A selection of movies, CDs, DVDs, video files and other course materials, which can be consulted in the on line inventory database, are available to students to enhance their listening comprehension skills and improve their pronunciation.

For Faculty
Language faculty who plan to integrate technology into their teaching practice can use and be trained to use audio- and video-editing software and video cameras.  These tools are available for class use and to implement online instructional materials to be delivered via Blackboard.

 

Writing Help

The school offers support in academic writing skills to all students. Please choose the tab that applies to your campus for specific information.

The English Writing Center | SAIS DC

All SAIS students are welcome to use the Writing Center. 
The Writing Center is located in Rome Building Room 304.

Our writing TAs will work with students on writing issues of organization, style, grammar, citation conventions, and word choice. They give language-related advice only; content is not discussed. Advice is available in person only. Students who use the Writing Center should acknowledge the help they received from the Writing Center on any papers handed in for coursework.

Appointments with writing TAs are available in the fall and spring semesters, including during fall and spring break and exam periods. You may sign up for up to one hour at a time (each appointment is 30 minutes long) and up to two hours per week. To sign up for an appointment, please click here. Or cut and paste the following link: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=12815397&notembedded=1

If you must cancel your appointment, please do so at least 24 hours in advance so that someone else can use that appointment time. Use the same scheduler you used to make the appointment.  If you do not do so, you will lose your chance to have an appointment in the coming week.

If you have problems or questions, please contact the director of the Writing Center, Dr. Gay N. Washburn, gwashburn@jhu.edu.

The English Writing Center (SAIS Europe)

All students—both native and non-native English speakers—are welcome to use the services of the Writing Center.

The Writing Center helps students become successful academic writers. It offers assistance through 1) weekly Academic Writing Sessions 2) individual writing consultations with faculty members of the English Program and student tutors and 3) on-line resources.
While particular emphasis is placed on SAIS-specific academic tasks, the services teach key writing skills that are also useful for writing effectively in professional settings.

Academic Writing Sessions

The Academic Writing Sessions are offered weekly in the fall and spring semesters to help students in meeting the challenges of producing graduate-level papers, essays and other SAIS-related writing assignments. In the sessions, successful models of academic writing are analyzed and a variety of writing topics are addressed. These topics may include effective outlining, writing specific parts of the essay or research paper (i.e., introductions, conclusions, the literature review, historical context, etc), writing a persuasive and clear thesis statement, conveying structure in the body sections, and properly linking ideas. Style is also emphasized as some sessions focus on precision, emphatic and varied syntax, concision, and academic register.
Students also learn to critique problematic writing and devise solutions that they can apply to their own work. Outlining, writing, and editing (related to SAIS assignments) are also done periodically in the sessions to reinforce skills and strategies covered. Detailed feedback is provided.
Students should sign up for the sessions they wish to attend. Please see the Writing Center section of the BCWeb.

Individual Consultations on SAIS Writing Assignments

The Writing Surgery and MAIA Writing Surgery provide individual consultations with a faculty member of the English Program. Appointments are offered weekly in the fall and spring semesters.
The Writing Surgery assists students with SAIS course assignments whereas the MAIA Writing Surgery deals with the MAIA thesis. Consultants collaborate with students to develop an appropriate and effective writing style and guide students in crafting persuasive, well-developed and properly supported arguments. A variety of other writing topics are also addressed, such as enhancing structure and cohesion, writing clearly and succinctly, and enriching word choice. Content is not discussed.

Both services are best used in conjunction with the Academic Writing Sessions. Students are encouraged to apply the tools learned in the Academic Writing Sessions to their SAIS course papers or theses and then review their work with the consultants in the Writing Surgery or MAIA Writing Surgery.

Writing Center Student Tutors

Writing Center Student Tutors are available to assist all students with more basic editing of word choice, grammar, usage, spelling, basic sentence structure, and some cohesion. For help with structure and more advanced academic writing skills and strategies, students should attend the Academic Writing Sessions and the Writing Surgery services.
 
NB: The consultation services are not editing services, but rather help students become autonomous writers and editors of their own work. While detailed feedback is given in each session, changes are implemented via collaboration.
To use these services, students should sign up for an appointment on the Writing Center section of the BCWeb.

  • For more detailed information regarding the SAIS Europe Writing Center, please visit the BC Web Writing Center page.
  • Any questions about the SAIS Europe Writing Center should be directed to Dr. Rebecca Hopkins.
     

Writing Resources

Books on Academic Writing

Bailey, Stephen. Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students. Routledge, 2011.

Belcher, Wendy Laura. Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks. SAGE, 2009.

Blanpain, Kristin. Academic Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences: A Resource for Researchers. Acco, 2006.

Clark, Irene L. Writing the Successful Thesis and Dissertation: Entering the Conversation. Prentice Hall, 2006.

Craswell, Gail. Writing for Academic Success. SAGE, 2011.

Flemons, Douglas. Writing Between the Lines: Composition in the Social Sciences. W.W. Norton, 1998.

Graff, Gerald and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say, I Say. W.W. Norton, 2009.

Fisher, Alec. The Logic of Real Arguments. Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Galvan, Jose L. Writing Literature Reviews: A Guide for Students of the Social and Behavioural Sciences. Pyrczak Publishing, 2012.

Jordan, R.R. Academic Writing Course. Nelson/Longman, 1999.

Marius, Richard A. A Short Guide to Writing about History. Longman, 2009.

Oshima, A. & Hogue, A. Writing Academic English. Addison-Wesley, 2005.

Ramsey Fowler, H.M. and Jane E. Aaron. The Little, Brown Handbook. Longman, 2011.

Stimson, James. Professional Writing in Political Science: A Highly Opinionated Essay. University of North Carolina, 2010.

Strunk, William and E.B. White, The Elements of Style. Longman, 1999.

Swales, John M. and Christine B. Feak. Academic Writing for Graduate Students. University of Michigan Press, 2004.

University of Chicago Press Staff. The Chicago Manual of Style. The University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Wallace, Mike and Alison Wray. Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates. SAGE, 2011.

Zerubavel, Eviatar. The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Books. Harvard University Press, 1999.

Internet Sites on Academic Writing

Dudenhefe, Paul. "A Guide to Writing in Economics."

Gillett, Andy. "Using English for Academic Purposes."

Harvard Writing Center.

Leeds, Ashley "Writing a Research Paper for a Graduate Seminar in Political Science."

Purdue University Online Writing Lab.

University of Manchester Academic Phrasebank.

University of North Carolina Writing Center.

University of Toronto "Advice on Academic Writing."

English Grammar

Eastwood, John. I Oxford University Press, 1994

Edufind.com. Grammar Guide.

Murphy, Raymond. English Grammar in Use. Cambridge University Press, 1994.

University of Chicago Press Staff. The Chicago Manual of Style. The University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Citation Styles

Chicago

Harvard

MLA

 

Languages at Johns Hopkins SAIS

The school offers instruction in 17 languages. Students can meet language graduation requirements by taking proficiency exams in any of these languages. Please be sure to check whether your specific academic concentration requires you to take a specific language.

Languages Offered at Both Johns Hopkins SAIS DC and SAIS Europe

Johns Hopkins SAIS DC and SAIS Europe offer Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Both campuses offer our students a highly innovative approach to language teaching where emphasis is placed on developing communicative skills to effectively function as a professional in the field of international relations.

The curriculum goals in both campuses are synchronized so that you do not experience major differences between programs. However, each campus provides its own flavor to the school's experience by customizing content and teaching styles to its particular environments.

Languages Offered in DC Only
The following languages are only taught at the Washington, DC campus:  Burmese, Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Japanese, Indonesian, Korean, Persian (Farsi), Thai, and Vietnamese.

Contact Information – Language Studies Program

Johns Hopkins SAIS DC:
Marco A. Campos, PhD
Director
Office: R330
Tel: (202) 663-7789
mcampos@jhu.edu

SAIS Europe:
Sara Gelmetti, MPhil
Director
Office: 219
Tel: +39 051 2917 827
sgelmetti@jhu.edu


Johns Hopkins SAIS DC:
Jacqueline Manuel
Administrative Coordinator
Office: R333
Tel: (202) 663-5751
E-mail: jmanuel4@jhu.edu



FULL-TIME LANGUAGE FACULTY IN Johns Hopkins SAIS DC:
 
Language Name Faculty Email Office Phone
202.663-xxxx
Arabic Mohamed Derbi mderbi@jhu.edu R319 7790
Burmese Nona Kurniani nkurniani@jhu.edu R321 5775
Chinese Li-chuang Chi lchi1@jhu.edu R332 5760
Chinese Lu Li lli37@jhu.edu R332 5760
English Gay Washburn gwashburn@jhu.edu R305 5789
French Daria Mizza dmizza1@jhu.edu R328 5787
French Saida Erradi serradi1@jhu.edu R320 5845
German Yasue Oguro yoguro1@jhu.edu   R310 5763
Hindi/Urdu Wafadar Husain whusain1@jhu.edu R307 5753
Indonesian Nona Kurniani nkurniani@jhu.edu R321 5775
Italian Brita Caminiti bcaminiti@jhu.edu R309 7716
Japanese Yasue Oguro yoguro1@jhu.edu R310 5763
Korean Kyong Tak ktak1@jhu.edu B616 5840
Persian/ Arabic Mohamad Esmaili-Sardari esmaili@jhu.edu R319 5989
Portuguese Ana Isabel Delgado bdelgado@jhu.edu R308 5756
Russian Natasha Simes nsimes@jhu.edu R318 5754
Spanish Marco Campos mcampos@jhu.edu R330 7789
Spanish Susana Abril sbabril@jhu.edu R331 5762
Thai Nona Kurniani nkurniani@jhu.edu R321 5775
Vietnamese Nona Kurniani nkurniani@jhu.edu R321 5775
Thai Nona Kurniani nkurniani@jhu.edu R321 5775


LANGUAGE FACULTY at SAIS EUROPE in Bologna:
Language Center via Zanolini 15

 
Language Name Faculty Email Office Phone
+39 051 2917-xxx
Arabic Amina Serghini aserghini@jhu.edu VZan 812
English Rebecca Hopkins rebeccahopkins@jhu.edu VZan 885
French
French
Clara Cheilan
Celine Jolly
ccheilan@jhu.edu
cjolly@jhu.edu
VZan
VZan
812
812
German Frida Jürgens friedajurgens@jhu.edu VZan 828
Italian
Italian
Claudia Brighetti
Sara Gelmetti
cbrighetti@jhu.edu
sgelmetti@jhu.edu
VZan
VZan
828
827
Portuguese Livia Assuncao Cecilio lassuncao@jhu.edu VZan 829
Russian Yana Godova ygodova@jhu.edu VZan 885
Spanish
Spanish
Maria Blanco Facal
Giorgia Marchiori
rblanco@jhu.edu
gmarchiori@jhu.edu
VZan
VZan
829
829